Intro 2007: Damion Church

Lake Taylor offensive lineman Damion Church is expected to be one of the top offensive linemen out of Virginia in the class of 2007. A mammoth prospect with good feet, Church is already receiving interest from colleges around the region.

"I'm around 6'4, 270-275," Damion Church said. "I'm an offensive tackle mainly but I play defensive end."

While Church continues to work on his speed and strength, he feels that his footwork is one aspect of his game that helps put him above other offensive linemen from the Commonwealth. "As far as my footwork, it's great and I'm very smart as far as making the big plays," Church noted when asked his strengths on the football field. "I like being the guy to have a big impact as far as opening holes."

This past season, Church helped open enough holes to lead Lake Taylor High School to a district title before losing to eventual state champion Hampton High School in the playoffs. This upcoming season, Church has higher goals. "To make the state championship," he said. "As a team, winning the district and hopefully the state title. As far as me, I need work on my bench and speed." Church noted that he currently runs a 5.2 forty.

Currently, Church is in the weightroom, preparing for the season ahead. "I'm working out now," he said. "We lift weights after school, that's about it. Lifting and running some."

Church has also given some attention to the letters he has been receiving from schools around the area. While local schools such as Virginia and Virginia Tech are not out of the picture for Church, it's the schools further from home that appeal to him early on. "I'd like to go far from home," Church noted, also saying he has heard from out-of-state schools including Maryland, Notre Dame, Boston College, Duke, and Georgia Tech in recent weeks.

This summer, Church will attend the Nike Combine as well as a combine at Lake Taylor.

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