Two the best players in the area, linebacker K’Vaughn Pope from Dinwiddie and Ronnie Walker from Hopewell, have both been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
The game features 100 of the nation’s best high school football players, and has featured several star athletes including Odell Beckham Jr, Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, Ezekiel Elliot, Christian McCaffrey, and many more.
The annual game takes place in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and is live broadcasted on NBC.
Walker, a 6-0, 185-poundb running back, dominated on the ground, rushing for 2,011 yards and 25 touchdowns off of 250 carries last season, all while battling a minor injury. His performance lead Hopewell to the 3A state semi-finals, Walker currently has 12 college offers, including ones from Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.
When talking about his invitation to the game, Walker replied, “Means a lot to me, it’s a blessing, been a dream to play in it.”
Pope, a 6-2, 225-pound WR/LB, played spectacularly on both sides of the ball. On offense, he had 630 receiving yards, 33 receptions, and 9 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 135 tackles (averaged 9 a game), 6 interceptions (2 returned for TDs), 4 forced fumbles (2 returned for TDs), 4.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 QB hurries, and 5 blocked kicks. He helped lead Dinwiddie to a second straight state championship game.
He currently has 27 college offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Ohio State.
Pope has also been invited to attend the Nike Football The Opening Finals. This event is considered one of the most high profile high school football events in the nation, as it draws in media coverage from ESPN, Bleacher Report, NFL Network, and USA Today.
It will be held from June 28-July 3 at the Nike Headquarters in Oregon, and will showcase the top 166 high school players in the country. Past events have had NFL stars Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Todd Gurley coach participants in drills and competitions.
Pope was humbled by the invitation, saying, “It means a lot because I did not know I was going to get it.”
Both of these events are very prestigious, and getting invited is an extremely high honor. Both Walker and Pope are ready for this challenge and will surely represent the 804 well.