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Talk about a hotbed of success.

The Oakton High School football program has produced scads of players who are either playing or coaching on the next levels, even in the NFL.

The interesting thing is that the majority of those former Oakton players at the next level had to initially earn their college football playing positions the hard way – via the walk-on route.

A list of some follows.

* Oakton grad Cody Grimm made the Virginia Tech team as a walk-on, eventually becoming a starter and an all-ACC linebacker. He played in the NFL for a few seasons. Now he’s back at Tech as a graduate-assistant coach.

Grimm’s brother, Chad, also an Oakton grad who played at Virginia Tech, is a defensive quality-control assistant with the Redskins.

* Cougars’ graduate Jack Tyler also took the route of Cody Grimm. He made the Virginia Tech team as a walk-on, becoming an all-ACC linebacker. Tyler is now an assistant coach at James Madison University.

* Joining Cody Grimm at JMU are 2015 Oakton grads Nick Delgado and David Allely. 

Delgado is a freshmen punter/kicker for the Dukes. Alley is a backup linebacker and special teams player.

* David Allely’s older brother, Joe Allely, a 2013 Oakton graduate, made the East Carolina football team as walk-on, eventually earning scout team Player of the Year honors. He’s now projected as a starting outside linebacker for ECU’s Pirates.  

* At William and Mary, Oakton graduate Chris Durant is a starting sophomore offensive lineman.

* Two former Oakton players are members of NFL teams. Trey Watts is a running back and special-teams player for the St. Louis Rams. Scott Turner is the quarterback coach for the Minnesota Vikings, where his father, Norv Turner, a former Redskins’ head coach, is the offensive coordinator. Scott Turner coached on previous NFL and college staffs.

Each followed the path of many Oakton grads, making college teams as walk-ons from what surely should be considered a hot-bed prep program.

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