Aldie, VA (July 13, 2016) – John Champe graduate Kamrin Eaton will play football for Defiance College beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“I felt good after making my decision, said Eaton. When I accepted the invitation to visit, head Coach Casey Goff and linebackers coach Gary Yeoman, made me feel welcomed. They took the time to show me everything that Defiance had to offer, and expressed their commitment towards their players succeeding both athletically and academically. I also liked how Defiance had a Great Midwestern small town feel to it, and all of the coaches made me feel like they knew me for a long time. It didn’t hurt that, to my father’s surprise, he knew Coach Yeoman, who was the son of a childhood friend of his.”
Defiance College is a private institution, located in the Northwest Ohio corner town of Defiance. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 824, its setting is rural, and sets atop 150 acres in a residential area of Defiance, which includes 19 buildings and access to the 200 acre Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary. Defiance College is among the top schools in the nation for community service and engagement as recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, has been named as one of 81 colleges and universities around the country to the Colleges With a Conscience National Guidebook published by Princeton Review, was named to the Military Friendly School list for the sixth consecutive year, and was ranked #41 in the U.S. News & Reports 2016 edition of Best Colleges Regional Colleges Midwest.
“There were two main reasons why I choose Defiance over others, said Eaton. First, they were located in the Midwest, which is where I wanted to play. Secondly, I liked the communication process in which they came after me. During the recruiting process, Defiance made me feel like a person, like they really wanted me, and not just another recruit. Meaning, if I said no it was no big deal to them, they had another player in mind on their checklist, which is how the others made me feel.”
Eaton’s head football coach will be Casey Goff. This past March, Goff was promoted to the head coaching position after a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator/safeties coach. Goff came to Defiance after a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. After leading the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in total defense in 2013, his Salve team took another step forward the following season by winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Bowl. During that tenure, Goff helped coach 11 All-Conference selections, two All-Americans, and the 2013 NEFC Defensive Player of the Year. Goff’s experience with an attacking 4-2-5 defense began at Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College, where he worked as an assistant from 2007-2010. As Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2008, his team lead the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) in total defense and finished an 11-2 season with a trip to the NCAA National Quarterfinals. Goff’s defenses have consistently ranked nationally in several statistical categories.
“As far as my expectations as an incoming freshman, my coaches have said that they expect me to play in certain packages, and that they have a young team where nine freshman have received playing time last year. I will be asked to play outside linebacker and possibly a roaming-wheel at safety this upcoming season. Because of my work ethic, I feel I have a very strong chance of playing a freshman, with a goal of being a starter.”
Eaton, who has played football for 13 years, started out at Battlefield before transferring to John Champe prior to his sophomore year. He was initially slated as a linebacker, but a meeting of the minds between he, his father, and head football coach Jason Dawson resulted in recognizing the opportunity that existed from a vacancy at defensive end. Eaton’s position switch was made after the first JV practice, and after 13.5 sacks six games into the season, Eaton was moved up to the varsity squad where he lettered as a sophomore.
The 2016 VHSL Group 4A All-Region and All-Loudoun Football Team defensive end closed out his senior campaign in impressive fashion. He finished his senior year with 134 total tackles, including the following John Champe school records: 38 tackles for loss, 28 quarterback hurries, and 15 sacks in a season. He also tied a school record with 4 sacks in one game during their match-up against Rock Ridge. In that same game against Rock Ridge, Eaton returned a muffed punt for a 55-yard touchdown and blocked a pass that resulted in a pick-six. He finished his junior year with 88 total tackles, 6 sacks, and 3 blocked punts.
Asked whom he is thankful for in supporting him along his football path, Kamrin shared, “My #1 fan has always been my Father. As a former player and coach, he was the one who coached me on defense for 8-years. It was his belief in me that has helped make me the player I am today. He taught me the game, the mental fortitude, and helped me believe I could play with and against anybody in the game. My Father’s advice was simple, ‘You don’t have to be 6’6″, 280lbs to have success at defensive end. Play with speed, heart, and determination, and you will see the results’.”
“I will also miss the guys like Mike O’Connell, Connor Jones, and Corey Young. They were my first few friends as Champe. I enjoyed taking the field with them and I wish them all the success in the world. I will miss Coach Stanley the most. Aside from my Dad, he was a big brother and mentor to me unlike anyone. I hope that someday he makes it as a head coach.”
Please join us in wishing Kamrin Eaton the very best on the gridiron as he pursues a Business Management and Marketing degree from Defiance College.