Just days before the early signing period begins for college football, two local star athletes are staying close by as preferred walk-ons.
Our Lee Cook Lineman of the Year Maxx Philpott is one of those.
His 42 tackles for loss at Glenvar this year caught the eye of Virginia Tech's defense, where he will suit up as a Hokie next fall.
Also, a key in Lord Botetourt's run to the state semis this year, wide receiver and defender Jake Dewease has accepted a walk on spot with the University of Virginia.
Congrats to both of these young men as they continue their great success on the collegiate level!