Tag:Virginia Tech
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:16 am
 

Post-Spring Top 25: Impact Recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd rolls out an updated Post-Spring Top 25 today and while he names an MVP for each team, we figure every team is going to need an incoming freshman to step up if they want to keep their spot in the top 25 throughout the season. Here's each team's impact freshman out of their class of 2011:

1. Oklahoma: Dodd notes that the class of 2010 has turned out very well for the Sooners but they'll need a few guys from the class of 2011 to help fill out the depth chart. Running back Brandon Williams is a talented running back out of the state of Texas who is expected to play right away with DeMarco Murrary gone and the offense needing another player in their "diamond" formation with three running backs. 

2. Alabama: Alabama's defense is expected to be one of the best Nick Saban has ever had but that doesn't mean a freshman can't be a contributor on special teams and with spot play on defense. Linebacker Trey DePriest enrolled early and seemed to make an impression on the coaching staff. Junior college transfer Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-American at Tennessee, could also end up being a starting tackle too.

3. LSU: Anthony Johnson was one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school and he looked like he would be the next great LSU man in the middle after a very good spring for an early enrollee. He has the size and quickness to play right away and could make an impact as a pass rusher on third down as he gets acclimated to the speed of college football.

 

4. Oregon: The Ducks don't have to replace much on offense but they are looking for a few pass catching threats to step up for quarterback Darron Thomas. Another early enrollee and one of the highest rated recruits Oregon has brought in, Colt Lyerla could be one of the answers at tight end, receiver and running back. In short, he's a great athlete and Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands.

5. Stanford: The Cardinal are pretty set on offense with Andrew Luck back and running the show but there are a few spots on defense where some freshmen could come in. The new staff must find two new linebackers for this upcoming season and it wouldn't be surprising if James Vaughters ends up making a push for one of them.

6. Oklahoma State: Already expected to have an explosive offense this year to possibly propel them to a BCS game, the Cowboys have high hopes for incoming running back Herschel Sims. Defenses will have to make sure they are ready for the passing game first and Sims might be able to take advantage of some daylight.

7. Texas A&M: Defensive leader Von Miller is off to the NFL (if there is an NFL next year) and while it will be hard for any freshman to replace that kind of production in College Station, look for linebacker Shaun Ward to at least be in the mix to play once he gets on campus.

8. Florida State: The Seminoles are going to have high expectations for the first time in awhile and there are high expectations being placed on incoming tight end Nick O'Leary. While most people talk about him as being the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, the talented O'Leary is also quite a pass catcher who should play right away.


9. Ohio State: There could be two impact players for the Buckeyes depending on how things shake out in fall camp. Quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly in the race to be the starter with Terrelle Pryor suspended for five games and showed flashes during the spring. Linebacker Curtis Grant was one of the top players coming out of high school and should be able to fill in right away on defense.

10. Nebraska: The Huskers have their sights on a Big Ten title in their first year in the league and if they're going to take some pressure off quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Aaron Green could be a big part of the offense.

11. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio fought off some big time programs for in-state linebacker Lawrence Thomas and one of the reasons why is Thomas is expected to come in right away and play well for the Spartans.

12. Wisconsin: The Badgers typically don't play many freshmen but tight end Austin Traylor could help break in a new quarterback as both a blocker and receiver.

 

13. Arkansas: Brey Cook knew the Razorbacks would need to replace both tackles and he enrolled early and ended up at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring ball. Anytime you can get a young freshmen start at tackle, you know you have a good one on your hands.

14. Boise State: Most of the freshmen for Boise State are expected to redshirt and develop but kicker Jake van Ginkel could end up the starter with a good fall camp because he has quite a leg.

 

15. Auburn: Where to start? The Tigers lose a lot of players to either graduation or the draft and several from this class are expected to compete for playing time. Don't be surprised if Kris Frost is a starter at linebacker and able to leave his mark on the Plains early on.

16. TCU: Gary Patterson expereinced a Rose Bowl bounce on the recruiting trail and landed a very good athlete in LaDarius Brown, who will be able to contribute right away on offense and special teams.


17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to replace a lot of their secondary and the incoming class is loaded with defensive backs as a result. Ronny Vandyke might be the one to step up based on his size and speed and help out right away.

18. South Carolina: This happens to be the easiest choice on the list since Jadeveon Clowney was the number player in the class of 2011. He should provide an instant pass rush threat to a team that didn't generate much from the front four last year.

19. Notre Dame: Irish fans came out of the spring singing the praises of Aaron Lynch and the early enrollee defensive end certainly put on a show to give them a reason for it.

 

20. Mississippi State: Defensive tackle P.J. Jones was one of the top guys in the incoming class and Bulldog fans hope he can be a factor early on under a new defensive coordinator. 

 

21. Arizona State: There's very few spots avaliable for the incoming Sun Devils with so much of the starting lineup set with upperclassmen but Mo Latu should be able to provide some depth along the offensive line. 

 

22. Utah: The Utes brought in a very good class and you could tell they sold the opportunity to be the first to play in the Pac-12 their entire careers at Utah. Running back Harvey Langi is a load with the football and junior college safety Keith McGill is a big body who can come in play right away.

23. Georgia: The "Dream Team" recruiting class will come into Athens with high expectations but top running back Isaiah Crowell should boost a rushing attack that was in the bottom three in the SEC last year.

 

24. West Virginia: New offensive coordinator/future head coach Dana Holgorsen should have an explosive offense led by Geno Smith and incoming running back Andrew Buie could be another speedy player to get the ball in his hands.

25. Florida: The Gators will transition to more of a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis so it's to be determined how everyone fits in but look out for tight end A.C. Leonard. He looks the part and could be a nice weapon for quarterback John Brantley. 

Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:34 am
 

Stadnik brothers select South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Offensive linemen are a dime a dozen but good offensive lineman are considerably difficult to come by. That's why picking South Carolina picking up not one but two commitments from the Stadnik brothers on Thursday is such a big deal. 

The Greensboro (N.C.) pair of Brock and Clayton Stadnik just felt at home with the Gamecocks, who had a solid recruiting plan of going after them both equally hard which paid off in the end with the early commitments.

“We have taken so many visits and seen a lot of places,” Brock Stadnik told TheBigSpur.com. “We have met a lot of great coaches. South Carolina was always the place that Clayton and I felt the most love from their coaches. Coach (Shawn) Elliott and coach (Jay) Graham have been recruiting us since day one. We really liked that they looked at us as equal. Some schools didn’t look at us like equals like they did.”

Brock is the higher regarded of the two blockers, rated as a Top 100 player by MaxPreps' recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. He comes in at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds as a senior-to-be in high school. Clayton is expected to be an interior lineman and is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds. Both brothers held offers from East Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest while Brock held close to 20 offers overall.

“I can play any position on the line,” Clayton said. “I just get after it. I finish blocks well, good quickness, and I have good footwork. South Carolina is talking to me about center. I played my last six games last year at center and will play next year at center. They have mentioned long snapper some but me and Brock both can long snap pretty well.”

Both brothers visited during the season last year for South Carolina's upset of Alabama and were impressed by the atmosphere. The pair can't wait to run out of the tunnel to Sandstorm once they finally enroll in 2012 and appear to be shutting down recruiting for good with the recent pledge. They give the Gamecocks five commitments for the upcoming class.

Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech adds Maryland safety

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech tends to recruit local and go out of state only for recruits they really like. The Hokies liked Baltimore (Md.) safety Donovan Riley and had extended an offer a few weeks ago and it wasn't too long before Riley took them up on it and decided commit on Tuesday.

"I decided to commit to Va Tech," Riley told HokieHaven.com. "Desire has been the key to my motivation to achieve academic and athletic goals over the years. It's been through my self determination, hard work and ongoing support that has enabled me to be recognized and offered the opportunity to attend Va Tech."

Part of the attraction to Virginia Tech for the 6-foot, 190 pound defensive back was the entire program they were able to offer him in Blacksburg.

"The football aspect speaks for itself," Riley told the site. "It's a winning program. You see the stadium when you get to campus and see the athletic buildings. When you get in there you can't help but see the hall of fame room. It shows a tradition of champions, what champions are made of and what it takes to build a champion."

Riley gives Virginia Tech nine commitments for the class of 2012 and becomes the fourth in the secondary.



Category: NCAAF
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Five-stars and the NFL Draft

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Rankings have been around for years. MaxPreps' own Tom Lemming has been doing them well before the days of the internet made four- and five-star players the gateway for most fans to recruiting. In 2002, recruiting sites Rivals and Scout started the current star system and it's always interesting to go back and see where the creme of the crop players (i.e. five-stars) have gone in the NFL Draft. Jackson Clarion-Ledger columnist Rick Cleveland ran an interesting column about the state of Mississippi's consensus five-star recruits not panning out in the draft and it got us to thinking, just where have all the five-stars been drafted? Here's the list broken down by state from the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Alabama

WR Julio Jones (Foley High, Foley, Ala.) - Class of 2008, committed to Alabama - Projected Top 15 pick in 2011.
OT Tyler Love (Mountain Brook High, Mountain Brook, Ala.) - Class of 2008, committed to Alabama - Not projected ot be drafted in 2013.
OL Andre Smith (Huffman High, Birmingham, Ala.) - Class of 2006, committed to Alabama - #6 overall pick in 2009.


Arizona

DE Everson Griffen (Agua Fria High, Avondale, Ariz.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - 4th round pick in 2010.
C Kris O'Dowd (Salpointe Catholic, Tucson, Ariz.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - Projected middle to late round pick in 2011.

Arkansas

QB Mitch Mustain (Springdale High, Springdale, Ark.) - Class of 2006, committed to Arkansas, transfered to USC - Projected late round to undrafted in 2011.

California

RB Darrell Scott (St. Bonaventure High, Ventura, Calif.) - Class of 2008, committed to Colorado, currently at USF - Not projected to be drafted/drafted in the later rounds in 2013.
OT Matt Kalil (Servite High, Anaheim, Calif.) - Class of 2008, committed to USC - Projected 1st or 2nd rounder in 2012.
OT Tyron Smith (Rancho Verde High, Moreno Valley, Calif.) - Class of 2008, committed to USC - Projected top 15 pick in 2011.
QB Dayne Crist (Notre Dame High, Sherman Oaks, Calif.) - Class of 2008, committed to Notre Dame - Projected middle round pick in 2013.
QB Jimmy Clausen (Oaks Christian High, Westlake Village, Calif.) - Class of 2007, committed to Notre Dame - 2nd Round draft pick.
LB Chris Galippo (Servite High, Anaheim, Calif.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - Projected late round to undrafted in 2012.
RB Marc Tyler (Oaks Christian High, Westlake Village, Calif.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - Projected late round to undrafted in 2012.
CB Donovan Warren (Poly High, Long Beach, Calif.) - Class of 2007, committed to Michigan - Undrafted in 2010.
RB Allen Bradford (Colton High, Colton, Calif.) - Class of 2006, committed to USC - Projected middle to late round pick in 2011.
RB Stafon Johnson (Dorsey High, Los Angeles, Calif.) - Class of 2006 - Undrafted in 2010.
RB C.J. Gable (Sylmar Senior High, Sylmar, Calif.) - Class of 2006, committed to USC - Projected late round to undrafted in 2011.

Colorado

OT Ryan Miller (Columbine High, Littleton, Col.) - Class of 2007, committed to Colorado - Projected middle round pick in 2012.

Florida

CB Patrick Peterson (Blanche Ely High, Pompano Beach, Fla.) - Class of 2008, committed to LSU - Projected Top 5 pick in 2011.
DT Marcus Forston (Northwestern High, Miami, Fla.) - Class of 2008, committed to Miami - Projected 1st rounder in 2012.
OT Michael Brewster (Edgewater High, Orlando Fla.) - Class of 2008, committed to Ohio State - Projected 1st or 2nd rounder in 2012.
LB Nigel Bradham (Wakulla High, Crawfordville, Fla.) - Class of 2008, committed to Florida State - Projected middle rounder in 2012.
OT Matt Patchan (Armwood High, Seffner, Fla.) - Class of 2008, committed to Florida - No NFL draft projection at this time.
DT Torrey Davis (Armwood High, Seffner, Fla.) - Class of 2007, committed to Florida, transferred to Jacksonville State - Undrafted in 2010.
OG James Wilson (Nease High, Ponte Vedra, Fla.) - Class of 2007, committed to Florida - Projected middle round pick in 2012.
RB Noel Devine (North Fort Meyers High, Fort Meyers, Fla.) - Class of 2007, committed to West Virginia - Projected 4th or 5th round pick in 2011.
RB C.J. Spiller (Union Country High, Lake Butler, Fla.) - Class of 2006, committed to Clemson - #9 overall pick in 2010.
OT Sam Young (St. Thomas Aquinas High, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - Class of 2006, committed to Notre Dame - 6th round pick in 2010.
QB Tim Tebow (Nease High, St. Augustine, Fla.) - Class of 2006, committed to Florida - 1st round pick in 2010.

Georgia

DT Omar Hunter (Buford High, Buford, Ga.) - Class of 2008, committed to Florida - Projected middle rounder in 2012.
ATH Richard Samuel (Cass High, Cartersville, Ga.) - Class of 2008, committed to Georgia - No draft projection, currently a linebacker.
S Eric Berry (Creekside High, Fairburn, Ga.) - Class of 2007, committed to Tennessee - Number five overall in 2010.

Illinois

LB Martez Wilson (Simeon Vocational, Chicago, Ill.) - Class of 2007, committed to Illinois - Projected 2nd round pick in 2011.

Indiana

RB James Aldridge (Merrillville High, Merrillville, Ind.) - Class of 2006, committed to Notre Dame - Undrafted in 2010.

Kansas

LB Arthur Brown (Wichita East High, Wichita, Kan.) - Class of 2008, committed to Miami, attending Kansas State - Projected late round to undrafted in 2013.

Louisiana

RB Joe McKnight (John Curtis High, River Ridge, La.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - 4th round draft pick in 2010.
S Chad Jones (Southern Lab High, Baton Rouge, La.) - Class of 2007, committed to LSU - 3rd round draft pick in 2010.
DT Al Woods (Elton High, Elton, La.) - Class of 2006, committed to LSU - 4th round pick in 2010.

Michigan

WR Ronald Johnson (Muskegon High, Muskegon, Mich.) - Class of 2007, committed to USC - Projected middle round pick in 2011.
LB Brandon Graham (Crockett Vocational Tech, Detroit, Mich.) Class of 2006, committed to Michigan - #13 overall in 2010.

Minnesota

WR Michael Floyd (Cretin Derham Hall, Saint Paul, Minn.) - Class of 2008, committed to Notre Dame - Projected 1st rounder in 2012.

Mississippi

WR DeAndre Brown (Ocean Springs High, Ocean Springs, Miss.) - Class of 2008, committed to Southern Miss - Projected late rounds to undrafted in 2011.

Nebraska

OG Baker Steinkuhler (Southwest High, Lincoln, Neb.) - Class of 2008, committed to Nebraska - No draft projection as a defensive tackle.

New Jersey

ATH Will Hill (St. Peters Preps, Jersey City, N.J.) - Class of 2008, committed to Florida - Middle round pick in 2011.
S Myron Rolle (The Hun School, Princeton, N.J.) - Class of 2006, committed to Florida State - 6th round pick in 2010.

North Carolina

LB Brandon Spikes (Crest Senior High, Shelby, N.C.) - Class of 2006, committed to Florida - 2nd round pick in 2010.
OL Carl Johnson (Southern High, Durham, N.C.) - Class of 2006, committed to Florida - Projected middle round pick in 2011.

Ohio

OL Mike Adams (Dublin Coffman High, Dublin, Ohio) - Class of 2008, committed to Ohio State - Projected as a 1st or 2nd rounder in 2012.
TE Kyle Rudolph (Elder High, Cincinnati, Ohio) - Class of 2008, committed to Notre Dame - Projected 2nd round draft pick in 2011.
WR DeVier Posey (LaSalle High, Cincinnati, Ohio) - Class of 2008, committed to Ohio State - Projected 2nd or 3rd rounder in 2012.
DE Ben Martin (LaSalle High, Cincinnati, Ohio) - Class of 2007, committed to Tennessee - Late round to undrafted in 2012.
RB Beanie Wells (Garfield High, Akron, Ohio) - Class of 2006, committed to Ohio State - 1st round pick in 2009.

Oklahoma

DT Gerald McCoy (Southeast High, Oklahoma City, Okla.) - Class of 2006, committed to Oklahoma - #3 overall pick in 2010.

Pennslyvania

QB Terrelle Pryor (Jeannette High, Jeannette, Pa.) - Class of 2008, committed to Ohio State - Projected as a 2nd or 3rd rounder as an athlete in 2012.
WR Jonathan Baldwin (Aliquippa high, Aliquippa, Pa.) - Class of 2008, committed to Pitt - Projected late 1st round or 2nd rounder in 2011.

South Carolina

DE Da'Quan Bowers (Bamberg Ehrhardt high, Bamberg, S.C.) - Class of 2008, committed to Clemson - Projected top 15 pick in 2011.
WR A.J. Green (Summerville High, Summerville, S.C.) - Class of 2008, committed to Georgia - Projected Top 5 pick in 2011.
DE Carlos Dunlap (Fort Dorchester High, North Charleston, S.C.) - Class of 2007, committed to Florida - 2nd round pick in 2010.
DE Ricky Sapp (Bamberg Ehrhardt High, Bamberg, S.C.) - Class of 2006, committed to Clemson - Fifth round pick in 2010.

Tennessee

LB Chris Donald (Huntingdon High, Huntingdon, Tenn.) - Class of 2007, committed to Tennessee, transferred to Tennessee-Chattanooga - Late round to undrafted in 2012.

Texas

DE R.J. Washington (Fossil Ridge High, Keller, Texas) - Class of 2008, committed to Oklahoma - Projected in the later rounds to undrafted in 2013.
RB Jermine Calhoun (Van High, Van, Texas) - Class of 2008, committed to Oklahoma - No NFL Draft projection for 2012.
QB Ryan Mallet (Texas High, Texarkana, Texas) - Class of 2007, committed to Michigan, transferred to Arkansas - Projected 2nd rounder in 2011.
WR Terrance Toliver (Hempstead High, Hempstead, Texas) - Class of 2007, committed to LSU - Projected middle round pick in 2011.
OG Tray Allen (Soth Grand Prairie High, Grand Prairie, Texas) - Class of 2007, committed to Texas - Late round projection in 2012.
CB Curtis Brown (Gilmer High, Gilmer, Texas) - Class of 2007, committed to Texas - Projected 3rd round pick in 2011.
LB Sergio Kindle (Woodrow Wilson High, Dallas, Texas) - Class of 2006, Committed to Texas - 2nd round pick in 2010.
QB Matthew Stafford (Highland Park High, Dallas, Texas) - Class of 2006 - Committed to Georgia - #1 overall pick in 2009.
DE Eddie Jones (Kilgore High, Kilgore, Texas) - Class of 2006, committed to Texas - Late round to undrafted in 2011.

Virginia

QB Tyrod Taylor (Hampton High, Hampton, Vir.) - Class of 2007, committed to Virginia Tech - Projected middle to late round pick in 2011.
WR Percy Harvin (Landstown High, Virginia Beach, Vir.) - Class of 2006, committed to Florida - 22nd pick overall in 2009.
WR Vidal Hazelton (Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Vir.) - Class of 2006, committed to USC, transferred to Cincinnati - Projected to go undrafted in 2011.

Washington

S Taylor Mays (O'Dea High, Seattle, Wash.) - Class of 2006, committed to USC - 2nd round pick in 2010.
OL Stephen Schilling (Bellevue High, Bellevue, Wash.) - Class of 2006, committed to Michigan - Projected middle round pick in 2011.

Washington, D.C.

DT Marvin Austin (Ballou High, Washington, D.C.) - Class of 2007, committed to North Carolina - Projected 2nd rounder in 2011.
WR Arrelious Benn (Dunbar High, Washingotn, D.C.) - Class of 2007, committed to Illinois - 2nd round pick in 2010.

Wisconsin

OT Josh Oglesby (St. Francis High, Saint Francis, Wisc.) - Class of 2007, committed to Wisconsin - Late round to undrafted in 2012.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:39 am
 

4/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope the South recovers from a davastating day yesterday as a result of tornadoes hitting the region hard. If you want to donate, you can go to the Red Cross' website or donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

- Virginia Tech and several other ACC schools are taking a look at some talented Virginia athletes. 

- Technology, among other things, has brought recruiting classes such as LSU's closer together.

- Michigan State is hosting several blue-chip quarterback recruits on an unofficial visit.

- Diddy's son, Justin Combs, will visit UAB and Samford

- Stud quarterback Jameis Winston is looking to play two sports at the next level.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Virginia Tech adds another local athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech had quite the recruiting weekend with their Spring Game going on Saturday but it appears that success has continued on into the week. Chester (Va.) athlete Desmond Frye made his verbal commitment on Monday and it was no surprise it was for the Hokies after visiting Blacksburg for the game.

"I was really comfortable there," Frye told HokieHaven.com. "My parents liked it. It's not too far from home and I felt comfortable with the coaches. I liked how they interacted with the players. I like the way they coach them up.

The 6-foot-2, 170 pound Frye was being recruited the hardest by local programs Virginia and Virginia Tech but also held offers from Duke, Maryland and South Florida. In the end though, putting on the maroon and orange just felt right.

"I just felt like I was at home and it seemed like a good place for me to go," he said. "I liked the atmosphere a lot. The players react well to the coaches."

Frye will likely start out at safety for the Hokies but he has the ability to play wide receiver. As a junior last year, he had 510 yards receiving and six touchdowns on offense to go along with 56 tackels and four interceptions on defense.

Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:00 pm
 

April ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where the two Florida programs and Virginia Tech are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Boston College (0)

No commitments at this time.

Clemson (3)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)

Duke (2)

Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

Florida State (8)

Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)

Georgia Tech (2)

Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)

Maryland (3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)

Miami (7)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.) 
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)

North Carolina (3)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)

N.C. State (3)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)

Virginia (1)

Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)

Virginia Tech (7)

Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)

Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Virginia Tech Spring Game a recruiting success

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Spring Game was expected to be part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hokies. Not only were former players like Michael Vick expected to be in town to catch part of the action, several high profile recruits were as well.

When all was said and done, Tech head coach Frank Beamer managed to score the commitments from two players on Saturday in Chesapeake (Va.) running back J.C. Coleman and Portsmouth (Va.) athlete Der'Woun Greene.

"I committed at halftime, right after the half," Coleman told HokieHaven.com. "I called Coach (Kevin) Newsome and he came over to me in the stands and I told him and he congratulated me, all the coaches congratulated me, Beamer, Shane (Beamer), (Billy) Hite and more."

"I committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter," Greene told the website. "I told Coach Newsome first. After that, I told the rest of the coaches, it was great."

The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Coleman is a scat back who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He held offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia among others.

"I love the offense, it's a power offense and the coaches compare me and want to use me like David Wilson, in a variety of ways," Coleman said. "I have a real opportunity to play early here and all the coaches showed me love from day one, plus they have decent academics too. I also love the winning tradition."

For Greene, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete who will likely line up as a defensive back, the decision to commit to Virginia Tech was easy after being a fan for several years prior.

"I grew up on them," he said. "It's the environment, the team and the engineering, that's my likely major.

Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior last year. The pair gives the Hokies seven commitments for the class of 2012.

 
 
 
 
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