Local Athletes to Further Careers in College

February 4, 2009

Many of our local athletes signed on to compete at the next level during Wednesday's National Signing Day. Some will go to the University of Virginia, while others will take their talents elsewhere.

Orange quarterback Quintin Hunter will further his football career at UVa. Hunter signed his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon. During his senior season he eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark both on the ground and through the air, while accumulating 35 total touchdowns. He also played defensive back, earning all-state honors two straight years.

Kevin Leatherwood started at quarterback for Charlottesville for all four years of his high school career, and now will look to take his success to the next level. Leatherwood committed to Norfolk State, where he will receive a full scholarship to play quarterback. The Black Knight senior said that he and his coach have not yet decided whether or not he will redshirt his freshman season.

Two STAB standouts will remain in the commonwealth and play their college football at William and Mary. Brian Stinnie and Quincey September were both key parts in the Saints' four straight trips to the state title game. Stinnie will head to the Tribe as a likely defensive end, while September and his coaches have yet to decide where he'll play on the field.

Albemarle's Zach Vrhovac played quite a bit of football in high school, but will further his athletic career on the track. Vrhovac signed his letter of intent to run track at Virginia on Wednesday. He is part of the Patriots' 4 x 800 meter relay team that set a school record and took first place at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Orange County had two other athletes sign on the dotted line on Wednesday. Jon Rasnick will play football at Glenville State in West Virginia, while D.J. Brown will hit the baseball field at James Madison next season.

Click on the above video link to view today's signings and to hear reaction from our local athletes.

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