After catching 67 passes for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns this past fall, Brad Szoka figured – or at least hoped – that college recruiters would come calling with offers. But with National Signing Day less than a month away, the only offer the Loudoun County senior receiver held was one to walk on at Virginia Tech.

That all changed this past weekend when Szoka travelled to James Madison for an official visit. As his trip came to a close Sunday, Dukes Coach Mickey Matthews gave Szoka what he had long awaited – a scholarship offer. Szoka committed on the spot.

“For me, that was a lifelong dream because I’ve been wanting to go to JMU since I first visited there as a sophomore,” said Szoka, who earned second-team All-Met and first-team all-Region II honors this past fall. “It was almost like excitement and relief at the same time that I finally did it and all the hard work had paid off.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Szoka said the coaches were impressed by his explosiveness and playmaking ability, which they hope to use to stretch opposing defenses within Football Championship Subdivision competition.

The three-year varsity player emerged as a standout during his junior season, catching 52 passes for 966 yards and 14 touchdowns. Along with improving his production as a senior receiver, Szoka, who also scored five touchdowns on interception and kick returns this fall, led the Raiders to their first region final since 1996.

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