Berkeley High School running back Keshawn Wicks went from an unproven commodity to a building block for the Stags in his last two seasons on the gridiron.
He rushed for over 2,100 yards as a junior and more than 1,900 yards as a senior in helping to power the Stags to 23 wins in 2017 and 2018, while earning a shot to play at the next level.
Wicks (6-1, 180) will continue his playing career at Old Dominion after signing with the Monarchs before Christmas.
“He was such a leader for us,” Berkeley coach Randy Robinson said. “He opened the game up for our other guys.”
Wicks used great vision to avoid big hits and carve out chunks of yards. The Stags had one of the better offenses in the state.
“He’s a good zone runner,” Robinson said. “They’re hard to find… Keshawn can turn five yards into 10 or 15 in a hurry.”
Wicks averaged around seven yards a carry, Robinson said.
He scored 39 touchdowns on the ground the last two seasons and earned all-region nods.
He first committed to Old Dominion in July and stuck with the Conference USA school located in Norfolk, Virginia. Monarchs coaches called Wicks regularly in the season and he stayed firm.
“He didn’t flirt around,” Robinson said. “He was happy with Old Dominion. I think that says something about his character.”
More Stags will sign letters of intent in February.