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Suffolk natives to play at next level

Suffolk natives Rashaad Williams and Bobby Boone will both play football at the college level.

With summer around the corner and preparation for football season getting closer, two Suffolk natives plan to continue their careers on the gridiron. Nansemond River High School standout Rashaad Williams will head to Norfolk State University, while King’s Fork High School standout Bobby Boone will head to Virginia Union University.

Williams had breakout junior and senior seasons for the Warriors and is looking forward to the opportunity to play at the next level. He will be a walk-on with the NSU football program, where he will get a chance to prove himself.

“I feel like I’ll have an opportunity there to make plays and hopefully turn into a key factor there,” Williams said. “They had been interested in me since my junior year.”

Williams will join teammate Kevin Johnson, who also signed to play football at NSU. They have been making plays together for Nansemond River, and he is happy they get a chance to do that at the college level as well.

“We’ve had this duo connection since sophomore year,” Williams said. “We have talked about times like this. Hopefully, everything turns out right, and we get to do this at the next level together.”

There are countless stories about walk-on players earning scholarships, and Williams hopes to add to that.

Boone will head to VUU after going through multiple offers. He had a strong junior and senior campaign for the Bulldogs that started to spark the interest in him from schools as a playmaker. He was among the top playmakers in the Southeastern District last season.

“I talked with my family and coaches and decided that this was going to be a great fit for me,” he said.

From the receiver position, Boone had a strong season and was selected first team All-District. VUU went 8-2 last season, and Boone believes he will have a good chance to come in and contribute right away. He’s also pleased that the Richmond school is not too far from home.

“I thought overall the program was a great fit for me,” Boone said. “If everything goes as planned, I could be starting my first year.”