DALEVILLE, Va. – Going from Daleville to Division I football is a difficult road for a high school player to travel. The most recent Cavalier to commit to a DI program is defensive lineman Noah Overstreet, who chose Navy as his next stop.
"They have great academics. It'll be a place that will really set me up for the rest of my life. And I feel like I really want to serve my country, I love living in America and I feel like it's only right to give back," Overstreet said.
"I think academics and athletics go hand in hand. Noah's done well in the classroom, obviously has the scores to get into a prestigious institution like the Naval Academy, and with his athletic ability he's allowed himself to go do something that a lot of kids aren't going to get to do," said Lord Botetourt head football coach Jamie Harless.
Overstreet still has one year of prep school before heading to Annapolis, Maryland to begin his football career as a Midshipmen.
"I'm glad that I'm actually going to prep school. I feel like instead of having to jump straight into it, it'll be a good year to transition and I'm glad I'll be able to go there and play football instead of having to redshirt," he said
Overstreet isn't the only Cavalier getting college attention. Offensive lineman Jesse Hanson is nearing the announcement of his destination. While Harless has a team-first mentality, he makes sure that each of his players reach their individual potential, so they have opportunities to further not only their football careers, but also their education.
"If I'm working this hard for every single one of them as I can, and they have the talent and ability, all things being equal, if they do their job here at the high school, they'll have a chance. If they don't, shame on me," Harless added.
Each player's path may be different, but Harless hopes others, like Overstreet, will get where they want to go.