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Brevard's Luke Dodson Signs With Tornados' Football

 

February 10, 2020

Last Wednesday, Brevard senior Luke Dodson officially signed to join the Brevard College Tornado football program. Dodson, an all-conference selection this past year, finished with 79 tackles and 11 tackles for loss in his senior season. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

After two years of playing varsity football and helping the Brevard Blue Devils put together their best seasons in recent memory, senior Luke Dodson opted to keep his talents in Transylvania County last Wednesday.

At a morning signing ceremony, Dodson committed to Brevard College, joining a Tornados' program that, much like Brevard, has been on the rise over the past few seasons.

Dodson, who was a Mountain Six All-Conference selection this past year, said playing at the next level was always his goal, and it felt great to take the first step in that process.

"This was one of those moments that you dream and hope would come true, but you never knew if it would. So, for me, it was a very heart-warming experience and an awesome feeling. It's great to know that all the hard work I've put in over the past four years didn't go to waste," Dodson said.

Dodson saw a little bit of each phase during his four years at Brevard.

His freshman year, the Blue Devils split a conference title with Pisgah. The next season, Brevard had a bit of rebuilding to do, finishing 6-6 on the year.

But during his junior and senior seasons, Brevard re-emerged as one of the teams to beat in the conference, winning 11 games in each season and advancing to the state semifinals in 2018.

Having been a part of the process, Dodson said he was proud to be a part of the group that turned Blue Devil football around and said it wouldn't have happened without being dedicated to putting in work during the offseason.

"The biggest thing I will take away from high school is never quitting and always working hard. We really worked our butts off these past two seasons," Dodson said.

While Dodson had a fine junior season, he took on more of a featured role as a defensive end during his senior season.

This past fall, he finished with 79 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss.

He was also second on the team with six sacks and even reeled in a pair of TD catches.

Dodson developed quite a bit during his four years at Brevard. He entered high school as a 5'9", 160 pound freshman that played wide receiver and defensive back.

He now stands at 6'0" and 210 pounds.

"My strength has really developed a lot. Coach (Craig) Pritchett has really developed a great strength program. So, that, along with just getting bigger and faster, was where I saw the most growth," Dodson said.

Dodson had several schools on his list of suitors, including Brevard College, Mars Hill and N.C. Wesleyan.

Along with the ability to stay close to home with family and friends, Dodson said he was excited to join the Tornados based on what they did this past season, while also praising the coaching staff as a factor in his decision.

"The year they had this past season, going on to play in a bowl game and win, along with the experience of the coaching staff, were big parts of my decision," he said.

As for his academic future, Dodson said he was considering majoring in either business or criminal justice, but was leaning toward the latter.

 
 

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