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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Robinson All-Met DB Jared Velasquez Commits to William & Mary

By Paul Tenorio

Robinson All-Met defensive back Jared Velasquez committed to William & Mary on Tuesday, choosing the Tribe over James Madison, West Virginia and Richmond.

One of the Northern Region's most dynamic playmakers in every facet of the game, Velasquez was critical to the Rams' success over the last two seasons.

"I do feel relieved that I finally got this process over," Velasquez said. "It's a hard process, there were a couple nights I stayed up thinking about it real hard and I'm happy it's over and I'm becoming a part of the Tribe now."

As a senior, Velasquez rushed for 1,354 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught seven passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Velasquez also had 440 yards on 11 kickoff returns with two touchdowns and averaged 15.4 yards on 19 punt returns.

Recruited to play safety for the Tribe, Velasquez had 72 total tackles with three interceptions and two forced fumbles for Robinson last year en route to earning Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year honors. He also earned first team all-region honors as a running back and kick returner and Concorde District offensive and defensive player of the year honors.

"He's obviously a big part of our success over the last two years, 19 wins...his leadership, his unselfish play and how he led by example," Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf said. "He has all the stats to back up the success on the field, he's a guy that I think a lot of his teammates and coaches have a lot of respect for."

By Paul Tenorio  | January 25, 2011; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  Robinson, William and Mary  | Tags:  All-Met, JMU, James Madison, Jared Velasquez, Richmond, Robinson, West Virginia, William & Mary  
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I have watched this kid since the youth level and he has always been a tough hard nosed class act football player.

Kudos to his parents who raised their son to be a tough kid on the field and humble off the field.

Kudos to his coach who put him in a system where he could thrive. This is the one player I always wanted to coach at the youth level and did not get that opportunity.

I wish him well in college and I know the way his toughness will carry him through! This kid is a true champion!

Posted by: phibetas373 | January 27, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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