Wednesday, April 24, 2024

William & Mary Football Announces 2023 Early Signing Period Class

(Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — The William & Mary football program bolstered its roster during the early signing period Wednesday, as Head Football Coach Mike London announced the addition of 13 talented student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Tribe.

“We are extremely excited about the class we have put together,” London said. “First and foremost, these young men are a fit for our culture. They have the self-motivation to be great academically and athletically. Our staff did an outstanding job of identifying our needs and addressing them across nearly all the position groups. We split the class evenly between offense and defense and prioritized the fronts on both sides of the line scrimmage. As ever, we emphasized recruiting the state of Virginia, with more than half the class coming from our state. While we may still add more to this group, we are very confident the young men we have commitments from today will come in and help us continue to build on our championship tradition.”

The dynamic 13-member incoming class features standouts on both sides of the ball and includes a quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, three linebackers and two defensive backs.

Complete bio information for the entire class is below.

Jackson Blee
Tight End
6-6, 230
Belmont, N.C. • South Point HS

What Blee brings to the Tribe: “Jackson has the physical gifts to be a weapon in the run game and the pass game. His physicality as a blocker and his ability to win one on one matchups as a receiver will make him dangerous.”  

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout tight end for head coach Adam Hodge at South Point High School … Two-time academic all-state selection … Totaled 26 receptions for 695 yards with seven touchdowns … Averaged 26.7 yards per catch … Two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference honoree in track & field … School record holder in discus … Also lettered in basketball … Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Younglife and Sums Cum Laude.

PERSONAL: Son of Michael and Deborah Blee … Enjoys basketball, Younglife, shoes, music and video games.

Noah Brannock
Quarterback
6-0, 200
Forest Hill, Md. • Calbert Hall HS

What Brannock brings to the Tribe: “Noah has an innate ability to create and extend plays with his legs. His versatility and competitiveness fit the culture of our offense.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner as a quarterback for head coach Josh Ward at Calvert Hall High School … Two-time MIAA all-conference selection … Two-time All-Metro selection … MTC honoree … Helped lead CHHS to a MIAA title in 2021 … Set single-game school record with six passing touchdowns … Also played lacrosse all four years … Member of the National Honor Society … Cardinal and Gold selection …

PERSONAL: Son of Rob and Angel Brannock … Enjoys art, swimming and aqua life.

Clayton Dobler
Linebacker
6-4, 220
Midlothian, Va. • James River HS

What Dobler brings to the Tribe: “Clayton plays with elite effort and toughness. He has the skillset to play stand up OLB as well as a defensive end.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner as an outside linebacker/defensive end and tight end for head coach Jacob Hodges at James River High School … Two-time all-region selection as a defensive end … Also lettered in baseball and basketball … Member of the Distinguished Dean’s List …

PERSONAL: Son of Drew and Amy Dobler … Father played football at Liberty University … Uncles Phil Dobler (Appalachian State), Ken Dobler (Wake Forest) and Steve Dobler (VMI) also played collegiate football … Grandpa, Leland Dobler, played basketball at Nebraska … Grandpa, Barry Rollison, played golf professionally … Enjoys camping, gaming and card games.

Kamron Frye
Offensive Line
6-4, 280
Fredericksburg, Va. • Dematha

What Frye brings to the Tribe: “Kam is one of the most versatile players in the class. He has played both guard and tackle at a high school powerhouse. His love of football is evident when you talk to him.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman for head coach Bill McGregor at Dematha … Two-time second-team all-league honoree … Also earned all-league honorable mention distinction twice … Member of James Farmer Scholars …

PERSONAL: Son of Chuck Frye Jr and Kisha Frye … Enjoys playing basketball, riding four wheelers and dirt bikes, and being outside.

Xavier Glass
Linebacker
6-2, 240
Virginia Beach, Va. • Landstown HS

What Glass brings to the Tribe: “Xavier is an explosive athlete and a natural pass rusher. He has a high ceiling and will be an excellent addition to our OLB room.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout linebacker for head coach Tommy Reamon at Landstown High School … Earned team’s most improved award … Garnered the Student-Athlete Award and 4.0 GPA Award … Also lettered in basketball …

PERSONAL: Son of Courtney Lee … Enjoys listening to music and playing basketball.

TJ McGill
Defensive Back
5-11, 175
Charlotte, N.C. • Chambers HS

What McGill brings to the Tribe: “TJ is an ultra-competitive versatile defensive back. He is an aggressive tackler with the ability to play man to man coverage as well.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout defensive back for head coach James Akers at Julius Chambers High School … Selected to the Charlotte Observer All-Defensive Team … Earned all-conference honors … Selected as the defensive back of the year … Averaged 7 tackles per game and totaled four interceptions …

PERSONAL: Son of Antonio and Selena McGill … Enjoys fishing, basketball and video games.

Luka O’Day
Offensive Line
6-5, 280
Darnestown, Md. • Georgetown Prep

What O’Day brings to the Tribe: “Luka brings a physicality and athleticism to the OL room. Primarily a defensive player in high school, Luka displays all the traits of a dominant offensive lineman.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as an offensive and defensive lineman for head coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep … Earned All-IAC honors as a senior … Also lettered in basketball and lacrosse …

PERSONAL: Son of Ed O’Day and Christine Mourtoupalas … Father played college football at Union College (1985-86) and the University of Maryland (1987) … Enjoys anime and basketball.

Elijah Rainer
Linebacker
6-0, 220
Moseley, Va. • Trinity Episcopal

What Rainer brings to the Tribe: “Elijah has great contact toughness and short space quickness. He has all the tools to be a dynamic inside linebacker.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout linebacker for head coach Sam Mickens at Trinity Episcopal … Three-time team captain … Two-time all-state selection … Three-time All-Prep honoree … Player of the Year candidate … Finished his prep career with 488 tackles, 22 sacks and an interception … Also lettered in track … Earned Headmaster’s List distinction seven times … Honor Roll student …

PERSONAL: Son of Wali and Brandi Rainer … Father played eight seasons in the NFL … Sister, Amira plays softball at Bryant University … Enjoys fishing and lifting.

Hayden Raley
Offensive Line
6-5, 290
Maidens, Va. • Goochland HS

What Raley brings to the Tribe: “Hayden is a great fit at William & Mary. His intelligence and toughness are the kinds of traits we build the OL room around”

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman for head coach Alex Fruth at Goochland High School … Two-time team captain … Earned all-region and all-metro honors … Also lettered in basketball … Fellowship of Christian Athletes council member … Member of the National Honor Society and Varsity Letterman’s Club … Honor Roll student all four years …

PERSONAL: Son of Jeremy and Cindy Raley … Father played football at the University of Virginia (1992-96) … Enjoys fishing, lifting and video games.

Garrett Robertson
Wide Receiver
6-3, 180
Chantilly, Va. • Chantilly HS

What Robertson brings to the Tribe: “Garrett has a unique combination of size and athleticism that is always sought after at the receiver position. His versatility and physicality will make him an excellent addition to the position group.”  

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and defensive back for head coach Sean Curry at Chantilly High School … First-team all-region and all district as a wide receiver and defensive back in 2022 … Honored as the district defensive player of the year … Also garnered second-team all-district accolades as a kick returner his senior season … All-state honorable mention as a defensive back in 2021 … Also earend first-team all-region and all-district distinction as a defensive back in 2021 … First-team all-district and second-team all-region as a defensive back during his sophomore season … Named Freshman MVP in 2019 … Also an all-district standout in baseball and a two-year letterwinner in basketball …

PERSONAL: Son of Keith and Maureen Robertson … Enjoys listening to music, watching sunsets, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Brendan Robinson
Defensive Back
5-11, 175
Leesburg, Va. • Paul VI

What Robinson brings to the Tribe: “Brendan is a terrific athlete who is always around the ball making plays. His quickness and explosiveness will make him a great cover corner.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as a cornerback, wide receiver and returner for head coach Michael Grandizio at Paul VI … Three-time first-team all-conference selection … Earned All-Met honorable mention accolades as a senior … Finished his career with 12 interceptions and 16 pass breakups … Did not allow any completions in league play as a senior … Also a starter on the basketball team that won the state title tin 2021 … Volunteered as a basketball coach for youth with special needs …

PERSONAL: Son of Bryant and Sonja Robinson … Grandfather, Johnny Pearce, played football at Hampton … Enjoys snowboarding and working out.

Gent Veizi
Defensive Line
6-2, 275
Centreville, Va. • Centreville HS

What Veizi brings to the Tribe: “Gent is an extremely disruptive interior defensive lineman. He does a great job using his quickness to get in the backfield and create chaos.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout defensive lineman for head coach Jon Shields at Centreville High School … Earned second-team all-state honors … First Team all-region and all-district selection … Finished his prep career with 35 sacks … Also garnered all-district honors as an offensive lineman … Earned the Scholar Athlete Award … Garnered Dedicated to Excellence in Academics recognition four times … Also lettered in wrestling … Recipient of Gold Congressional Award for Youth in 2022 … Earned AP Scholar Award … Member of the National Honor Society and the Youth Leadership Board in Fairfax County …

PERSONAL: Son of Astrit and Mariana Veizi … Enjoys hiking, traveling, biking and sports.

Gerald Williams
Defensive Line
6-2, 290
Olney, Md. • Good Counsel HS

What Williams brings to the Tribe: “Gerald has great play strength and can knock back blockers. He plays with a motor that is exactly what we look for in a defensive lineman.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner as a defensive tackle for head coach Andy Stefanelli at Good Counsel … Also lettered in basketball and rugby … Member of musical theatre, ASA and knitting club …

PERSONAL: Son of Ishmael and Ruth Williams … Enjoys being active and video games.

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