When talking about the top players in the state of Virginia if you fail to mention the name of 6-foot-3, 220-pound inside linebacker Darryl Gresham you’d be sadly mistaken.
How many recruits have early scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia in-state at this point?
“Very few,” said Roanoke (Va.) William Fleming coach Larry Bishop when asked about Gresham. “Darryl is a special player. He has a great nose for the football and loves to hit.”
Gresham, who is originally from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson where he played a season with Rivals100 linebacker Josh Johnson, is still developing into his body. By the time he’s done growing this summer, his coach believes he’ll be 6-4 and should easily lower his 40-yard dash time that’s around 4.7 seconds at this point.
“He came out his sophomore year and was going to just play basketball,” Bishop said. “We encouraged him to give football a try. I told him with the body he has, he’s already more than half way toward getting a Division I scholarship. We played him as a tight end and then he moved to linebacker this year, and he just exploded.”
Gresham earned second-team all-region honors after racking up 176 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles.
Along with the offers he already has, Gresham is getting attention from Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Florida State. His father, Darryl Gresham Sr., played basketball for the Gators in the mid-80s.