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January 27, 2012

Stars come out at Richmond All Metro Banquet

The Touchdown Club of Richmond named Virginia head football coach Mike London the recipient of the 2011 Bobby Ross Division I Coach of the Year Award last night at its annual All-Metro Football Banquet held in Richmond.

In 2011, London's second year at Virginia, he led UVa to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Cavaliers posted a 5-3 mark in the ACC's Coastal Division and came within one victory of playing in the ACC Championship game.

Bobby Ross presented the award to London. Ross attended Benedictine High School and also coached at Colonial Heights High School before going on to a successful career in the college and professional ranks, including a Super Bowl appearance while coaching the San Diego Chargers.

Also receiving special recognition from the Touchdown Club was Virginia Tech's Jim Cavanaugh. A long time recruiter in the Richmond area for the Hokies, Cavanaugh is now the Director of Recruiting and High School Relations for the Virginia Tech football program. In the past he has helped the Hokies land Richmond area standouts like Victor "Macho" Harris and Corey Marshall, just to name a couple.

Both London and Cavanaugh were able to witness a number of their prized commitments receive their All-Metro awards as well. Of interest to many Hokie fans in attendance was the ultimate destination of Clover Hill's Joel Caleb who was named All-Metro's first team defense. We caught the latest recruiting 'buzz' on Caleb, which you can read more about here .

London was obviously pleased to see one of the Cavalier commitments, Varina's Maurice Canady, pick up the All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year award. A two way standout for Coach Stu Brown's Blue Devils, Canady could have been named to the team at several positions. In fact he was named first team All-State by VirginiaPreps.com at defensive back. Although he started the season at wide receiver for Varina, after an early season injury to the Blue Devils quarterback he moved under center where he posted a stat line that included 812 yards passing with 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,005 yards and 14 scores.

Canady's teammate Tyrell Chavis, also a Virginia commitment was named first team All-Metro on defensive. Also a VirginiaPreps.com all-state pick, Chavis starred on both sides of the ball for the Blue Devils and has 14 sacks as a defensive lineman. VirginiaPreps.com's Senior Football Editor Rod Johnson said of Chavis "Of all the players from the Class of 2012, the one who might eventually be remembered as the best is Varina's Tyrell Chavis as he has Sunday-level prospect written all over him. Quick off the ball with nearly unmatched strength, the Blue Devils standout is a match-up nightmare in the trenches. Most coaches in the Richmond area believe him to be the best line of scrimmage player on both sides of the ball in the region and his best football days are still ahead of him."

The complete All-Metro team is listed below


Gerard Johnson, Meadowbrook

Running back
Yahkee Johnson, L.C. Bird
Ray Brown, Powhatan
John Thompson, John Marshall
Derrick Green, Hermitage

Wide receiver
Drakar Harvell, Dinwiddie
Will McCombs, Atlee

Tight end
Nigel Williams, Benedictine

Offensive line
Tres Humphrey, Thomas Dale
Augie Conte, BSH
Cole Stout, Atlee
Kevin Jennings, Hermitage
Oliver Wright, L.C. Bird

Maurice Canady, Varina
Sam Rogers, Hanover

Colby Cooke, Goochland

Devin Woodley, Meadowbrook

Defensive line
Tyrell Chavis, Varina
Raynard Revels, Hermitage
Torey Pettis, L.C. Bird
Tyvaughn Kirby-Johnson, L.C. Bird
Mike Witcher, Hermitage

Deon Clarke, L.C. Bird
Salvador Acosta, Hermitage
Jess McLaughlin, Goochland
D'Vonta Derricott, Hermitage
Marcus Logan-Baker, Highland Springs

Defensive back
Joel Caleb, Clover Hill
Desmond Frye, Thomas Dale
Martin Smith, Highland Springs
Brian Brown, Hermitage

Thomas Meadows, Goochland

Malcolm Bell, Henrico
Michael Birdsong, Matoaca

Running back
Tyvonte Loney, Meadowbrook
Lawrence Jones, Hanover
D.J. Reid, Thomas Dale
Evan Hinkle, Deep Run

Wide receiver
D.J. Johnson, King William
Andrew Earley, Henrico
Tim Thaniel, Clover Hill
Charlie Meyer, Benedictine

Tight end
Omar Howard, Midlothian

Offensive line
Jared Netto, Cosby
Andre Miles-Redmond, Hermitage
Darius Garcia, Manchester
Lavonte Hights, Meadowbrook
Jerry Gibson, L.C. Bird

Ricky Segers, Henrico

Defensive line
Marcus Beckwith, Meadowbrook
Anthony Moore, Highland Springs
Nile Liverpool, Hermitage
Peyton Gryder, Clover Hill
Jack English, St. Christopher's

Holland Fisher, Clover Hill
Connor Wingo-Reeves, Monacan
Javon Booth, Manchester
Larry Spears, Varina
Darius Spruill, Thomas Dale

Defensive back
Xavier Crocker, Hanover
Damian Jones, Hermitage
Tim Harris, Varina
Coleman Dehoff, Cosby
Zakell Johnson, Goochland

Joseph Pulisic, Atlee

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