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William & Mary football finalizes Class of 2020

Posted: 12:55 PM, Feb 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-05 12:55:19-05
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (TribeAthletics.com) – William & Mary Head Football Coach Mike London finalized the Tribe’s 2020 recruiting class Wednesday, as he announced the addition of five talented student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent.

Wednesday's roster additions join a group of 11 standouts who signed NLI’s with W&M during the early signing period in December.

“We are very pleased with the entire class of 2020,” London said. “Our staff did an outstanding job of addressing our needs at a variety of positions, as we added athleticism, size and skill. While we are excited by these young men’s potential to contribute on the field, they also bring a diverse set of interests and aspirations as students and I am excited to see them contribute to our campus and community.”

The group, which consists of four players from Virginia and one from Maryland, is highlighted by a 5-star kicker and three standouts who earned all-state honors and were selected as region or area players of the year.

Complete bio information for the newest signees are below.

After concluding last season with wins in three of its last four games, highlighted by reclaiming the Capital Cup at Richmond, W&M will return a talented squad for the 2020 campaign, which will open at Stanford on Sept. 5.

Ethan Chang

Kicker/Punter

5-10, 185

Falls Church, Va. • Marshall High School

What Chang Brings to the Tribe:Ethan is a talented kicker with elite leg talent. He will have an opportunity to come in and compete for playing time early.”

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a kicker, punter, linebacker and safety for head coach Jason Strickland at George Marshall High School … Earned all-state honors in 2018 after connecting on 12 of 19 field goal attempts and all 30 of his PATs … Also averaged 35.6 yards per punt as a junior … Averaged 63.0 yards on his kickoffs as a senior … Ranked a 5-star kicker and 4-star punter by Kornblue Kicking … Totaled 20 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and six PBU in 2019 … Personal: Son of Paul and Terri Chang.

Malachi Imoh

Athlete

5-8, 175

Winchester, Va. • John Handley HS

What Imoh Brings to the Tribe:Malachi is a dynamic athlete with unique playmaking ability. His elite speed will be a great asset.”

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a running back, wide receiver and quarterback for head coaches John Davis and Daniel Jones at John Handley High School … Finished his prep career with 3,440 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns … Honored as the district and area offensive player of the year in 2019 after setting single-season school records for rushing yards (2,003) and rushing touchdowns (29) … Also averaged 9.5 yards per carry and 2.6 rushing touchdowns per game as a senior en route to earning second-team all-region distinction as a senior … Set school records for most rushing yards in a game (287) and longest touchdown run (97) … Garnered first-team all-district accolades in 2018 … Lettered three times as a sprinter in track … Member of the Debate Team, Key Club and National Honor Society … Student at Mountain Vista Governor’s School … Personal: Son of James and Marie Imoh … Father played soccer collegiately at West Point … Younger brother, Tirone, played football at West Point … Uncle, Mike Imoh, played football at Virginia Tech and professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

DreSean Kendrick

Athlete

5-8, 180

Lynchburg, Va. • EC Glass HS

What Kendrick Brings to the Tribe:DreSean is a do-it-all athlete who excels all over the field. His skillset can fill multiple rolls – offense, defense and special teams.”

Prep: Four-year letterwinner as an athlete for head coach Jeff Woody at EC Glass High School …

Three-time all-state, all-region, all-district and all-area standout … Finished his career with school records for total yards (8,051), rushing yards (4,581) and touchdowns (102) … Also set a single-game school record with 291 rushing yards … Career stats also included 64 rushing touchdowns and six interceptions … Posted 3,365 total yards, 2,061 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior … 2019 Titan Award Winner, Seminole District Player of the Year, Region 40 Player of the Year and State Runner-Up Player of the Year … Also selected as the Player of the Year by Football Friday, First and 10, and EM Sports … Three-year letterwinner in basketball … Also lettered in track … Personal: Son of Andre and Tanika Kendrick … Father was a running back at Virginia Tech.

John Pius

Outside Linebacker

6-2, 195

Arlington, Va. • Yorktown High School

What Pius Brings to the Tribe:John is a long edge defender with a sudden first step and pass rush ability. He is just scratching the surface of his ability.”

Prep: Earned two letters as a defensive end and outside linebacker for head coach Bruce Hansen at Yorktown High School … Posted 23.0 sacks and 40.0 TFL during his two seasons as a varsity player … Honored as the 6A Northern Regional Defensive Player of the Year and earned second-team all-state honors as a senior … Also chosen as the 2019 Liberty District Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Honorable mention All-Met selection in 2019 … Earned first-team all-conference accolades twice … First player in school history to play both defensive end and cornerback in a game … Personal: Son of Pius and Juliana Obibine.

Imari Smith

Safety

5-10, 175

Brandywine, Md. • Gwynn Park HS

What Smith Brings to the Tribe:Imari is a physical defensive back with impactful ball skills and strong coverage ability. He’s a true defensive back who can fill any role in the secondary.”

Prep: Three-year letterwinner as a defensive back and wide receiver for head coach Danny Hayes at Gwynn Park High School … First-team all-county selection … Set a school record for longest pick-six in school history (105) … Member of the National Honor Society … Volunteered with Brothers Reaching Out Mentoring Program and served as president … Personal: Son of Mildrena Baldwin.