By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 3, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Brandon Grayson has committed to play football for head coach George Shehl at West Virginia Wesleyan College starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“When the coaches came to Valley for the visit, they had a lot of energy while talking to me and then when I went for my visit to WV Wesleyan, I met a lot of different styles of football players from different places,” said the 5-foot-10 Grayson.
After committing to play at the small school in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Grayson said his day-to-day life has not changed.
“Honestly it doesn’t feel any different to me,” Grayson said. “I’m still in high school walking through the halls going to class.”
What was different for Grayson his senior year was having to strap on his football pads after Thanksgiving break. For the second time in school history – and the first since 1976 – the Vikings advanced the VHSL state semifinal losing in the VHSL 3A state semifinal to Northside High School on Dec. 7 as they finished their season 11-3.
“It was really cold but fun because I knew there were only a few teams left playing for the state title,” Grayson said. “Also every team you face will be as good as or even better than you.”
After a breakout season for the Vikings in 2013, Grayson will have to refocus himself to compete for a sub-.500 team in West Virginia Wesleyan’s DII Bobcats who went 4-5 last fall.
“I will add my style of playing football and try to help the team out as much as possible on the defensive side,” said Grayson who will play defensive back for Shehl and his staff.
Grayson said he started playing football at a young age, but took some time off before picking it up again in his sophomore year of high school. Even after playing only three seasons at the high school level Grayson was named to the 2013 Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Football Team as well as the VHSL 3A All-State first-team in 2013.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!