RC’s Allio Signs With VMI

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He Will Join Doyle On Offensive Line In Fall

As Rockbridge County High School senior David Allio finishes wrestling season, he is also looking ahead to a busy year on the football field.

Allio, a 6-foot-5-inch, 275-pound guard on RC’s offensive line and a defensive end, announced on Jan. 18 that he was committing to play Division I football in the fall at Virginia Military Institute. He signed his national letter of intent from home on Feb. 3, making him one of nine football players across the country to sign with VMI on that day.

He had gotten offers from VMI and as a preferred walk-on at James Madison University, but several factors led him to choose VMI. In addition to offering scholarship money, the school appealed to him because of “the opportunities you have after VMI, knowing the resources you have.”

Allio, who lives in Raphine with his parents, John and Kelly, said VMI also enticed him because of its proximity to home. He is undecided about what he’ll study.

Allio played junior varsity football at North Stafford High School, a perennial Class 5 power, before transferring to Rockbridge County, a smaller Class 3 school, for his junior and senior years. As a junior, he made the all-district first team as a guard and helped the Wildcats match their program record for wins in a season with nine, going 9-3 overall and 4-1 to place second in the Valley District. The Wildcats earned their first playoff win in seven years before ending their season in the Region 3C semifinals.

Now, Allio is busy finishing his wrestling season. At the Class 3 state tournament last year, he placed second last in the 285- pound/heavyweight division. He was 240 pounds then and has added 35 pounds since. Assuming he wrestles at the state tournament, he’ll have just a few days of football practice before RC’s first football game on Feb. 26. His senior football season was postponed from the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reflecting on his time at RC, Allio gave credit to his teammates and coaches for helping him improve, especially fifth-year head coach Mark Poston and offensive coordinator Heath Glass. “They gave me high expectations for the games and high energy in practice,” said Allio.

Allio hopes to find a spot on VMI’s offensive line and will join 2020 RC graduate Austin Doyle, an offensive lineman getting ready for his freshman season at VMI this spring. Allio said he’s talked to Doyle some about his experience at VMI, and he recently joined VMI for a workout.

Due to COVID-19, he’s mostly talked on the phone with coaches at VMI, including head coach Scott Wachenheim and assistant coach Kyle Jolly, who works with the offensive line. During their 2019 season, the Keydets went 5-7, winning their most games in a season since 2003.

After coaching Allio at RC, Poston said he’s confident the young man will be successful at VMI. “He will do wonderfully there, and along with Austin Doyle will anchor their line for years to come,” said Poston. “David will succeed at VMI for the same reasons he succeeds at RCHS. He will work extremely hard, is in great physical condition, and he is very smart.

“I’m just so glad for David that he’s going to VMI,” added Poston. “He’s going to get the best education and playing for a great coach like Wachenheim will be an awesome experience for David. Everyone in our program is just so excited for David, and we look forward to his future success.”

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