| LANDON STOKES DE 6'4 220
Rivals ★★★ ESPN ★★★★ 247 ★★★★ Scout ★★★
No. 13 Weakside Defensive End in Nation - 247Sports.com
No. 43 Overall Player in Florida - 247Sports.com
Selected Vanderbilt over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville, Clemson and Northwestern among others
[Photo Credit: Craig R. Keogh]
HIGH SCHOOL Senior captain... Four-year starter for Orlando school... Started as DE/LB on defense and WR/TE on offense... As senior, contributed 54 tackles, and eight sacks... Also added 15 catches for 264 yards and three TDs on offense... Named Second Team 4A All-State and listed as top prospect by Orlando Sentinel as senior... Posted nearly 20 sacks and more than 175 tackles during career... Starts on Highlanders' basketball team coached by former Commodore standout Jeff Turner... Also lettered in track & field.
PERSONAL Landon Foster Stokes... Son of Fred and Regina Stokes... Born Oct. 31, 1993... Has two brothers, Lance and Luke... Dad owns food distribution firm and played 10 years in the NFL; mom serves as director of children's ministry at Orlando World Outreach Center... Prep teammate of Vanderbilt freshman OL Blake Fromang... Plays saxophone... Involved in youth activities at church.
LAKE HIGHLAND PREP HEAD COACH TIM BORCKY
"Landon is a pleasure to coach and he'll be the same way at Vanderbilt. He's a young man that has his head on right, and is always doing the right thing.
"Landon has a ton of God-given talent. Through the second half of last year, we played him at wide receiver. We'd run fly routes and just throw it up to him.
"Landon impressed other coaches in the area so much that he was asked to represent two different counties on all-star teams. I've been here nearly 20 years and that's never happened before for one of my players."
Stokes Highlights | 2013 Signing Day Central