ACC: Corey Lillard

Future Hokie earns MVP honors

July, 6, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Just when you thought Virginia Tech's backfield couldn't get any better, the Hokies have another recruit making headlines.

David Wilson rushed for a combined 425 yards and eight touchdowns during the course of three games and was named the Most Valuable Player of the International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship as he helped the United States win the gold medal game on Sunday.

The second-seeded United States defeated top seed Canada 41-3 in the championship before a crowd of 15,473 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday.

"Football is America's sport," Wilson stated in the release. "We just wanted to set a standard for the players that come up behind us. This was just wonderful. We did exactly what we expected to do."

Wilson led USA's rushing attack with 10 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown in the championship game.

"I think they were the only team that tackled David more than twice down to the ground and not just push him out of bounds," said quarterback Bryce Petty, a Baylor recruit, in the release.

Future Virginia lineman Oday Aboushi made the starting lineup and helped pave the way for 408 total yards. Aboushi also made the first-team offense on the all-tournament team. Defensive back Corey Lillard (Virginia) made the first-team defense, and Tariq Edwards (Virginia Tech) helped on defense. 

USA also defeated France (78-0) and Mexico (55-0).

ACC recruits to represent on national stage

April, 14, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Five incoming ACC freshmen were selected to the USA Football American Junior National Team, which will compete against seven other countries this summer in the Junior World Championship from June 27-July 5 in Canton, Ohio. The teams are comprised of players ages 19 and under.

Tariq Edwards (Virginia Tech), David Wilson (Virginia Tech), A.J. Ferguson (NC State), Oday Aboushi (Virginia) and Corey Lillard (Virginia) were all selected.

National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport's first world championship on the international junior level (19 and under).

A starter since his freshman year who played on both sides of the ball for Xaverian High School in New York, Aboushi is rated the No. 26 offensive tackle by ESPN. Defensively, he made 70 tackles, including seven sacks as a senior.

Lillard, a standout two-way player Liberty High School in Virginia, is ranked the No. 79 safety by ESPN. He was the team's second-leading rusher with 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, leading his team to its first regional championship. Lillard finished his junior season with 52 tackles and 600 rushing yards.

"Following each Olympiad, the participants often speak of what a powerful feeling it is to represent the United States," Virginia coach Al Groh said in a prepared statement. "Oday and Corey now have the wonderful opportunity to represent our country and our Virginia team. We are proud that they have been selected to USA Football's Junior National Team.

"Both young men are very achievement-focused and team-oriented players who will do all they can to make our team as strong as possible."

Edwards, of Cheraw, S.C., is listed as the No. 27 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. The incoming Hokie made 102 tackles and blocked two kicks as a senior.

Wilson rushed for 2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns -- both school records -- his senior season, including two games in which he ran for more than 300 yards. ranks him the No. 5 running back nationally and the No. 50 overall prospect in the country.

"I know that both Tariq (Edwards) and David (Wilson) are very excited about being a part of USA Football's Junior National Team, representing the United States," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said in a prepared statement. "Both will be outstanding representatives of our country and our university."

A four-year starter at South Brunswick (N.C.) High School, as a senior, Ferguson recorded 90 tackles -- including 20 for a loss -- 10 sacks and three defensive touchdowns. An all-conference performer as a junior and senior, Ferguson also ran track in the 100- and 200-meter events.

"We are very proud to have A.J. represent NC State as a member of USA Football's Junior National Team," NC State coach Tom O'Brien said. "I know that it will be a great experience for him both as a football player and as a proud American.

"He is an extremely talented young player, and I'm happy that he will be able to showcase his abilities at the IFAF Junior World Championship before he begins his career with the Wolfpack."