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South County linebacker Devin Vandyke drawing interest

South County junior Devin Vandyke has a familiar last name within Northern Virginia high school football, and so far his recruitment is playing out in a similar fashion as his brother’s: with plenty of major college interest.

Vandyke, the younger brother of All-Met defensive back and Virginia Tech-signee Ronny Vandyke, picked up scholarship offers from Boston College and Vanderbilt in the past week to go along with a previous offer from Maryland.

Devin Vandyke, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker, has also drawn the interest of Virginia Tech (where he attended a junior day in February) and Virginia (which invited him to a junior day in April), according to South County Coach Pete Bendorf.

“What people like about him is that he runs well and he’s very aggressive,” Bendorf said. “... He is one of those kids who, when he makes contact, he naturally explodes into the runner. And that, obviously, is what college recruiters like.”

Known as a shorter and stronger version of his brother, Vandyke may be too light to play inside linebacker in college. But since the football season ended, Vandyke, who made 92 tackles last year, has added about 15 “good” pounds, Bendorf said.

“He has really worked,” Bendorf said. “He’s running track this spring. ... He’s much thicker and much stronger. And he has really been focused.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.



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