Linebacker Aundre Kearney Announces Pledge To Virginia Tech

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Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) junior quarterback Hendon Hooker committed to Virginia Tech yesterday afternoon, but the good news didn’t stop there for head coach Justin Fuente and company. Late last night, Mandarin (Jacksonville, FL) junior linebacker Aundre Kearney tweeted the news that he also had committed to the Hokies.

While in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit on March 19, Kearney tweeted that he “loved it” at Virginia Tech. (Click here to read the entire tweet.) The 6’0″, 215-pound prospect committed to Miami last June but reopened his recruitment in February. Kearney, who had 15 scholarship offers in total, visited Wake Forest and Virginia Tech after de-committing.

Kearney was a major factor on both sides of the ball his junior season, amassing 107 tackles including 17 tackles for loss and six sacks and rushing for 450 yards and 14 touchdowns. FloridaHSFootball.com selected the two-way standout to its Class 8A first-team all-state squad as an athlete as a result of his junior season performance, which helped Mandarin to a 12-1 overall record.

247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout all rank Kearney as a 3-star recruit, with Scout the only one of the four recruiting outlets ranking him as a running back. The other three list him as a linebacker.

Virginia Tech now boasts four commitments in the class of 2017. Joining Hendon Hooker and Austin Kearney are state of Virginia stars TyJuan Garbutt (DE/TE, Riverbend H.S. in Fredericksburg) and Devante Smith (DB, Stonewall Jackson H.S. in Manassas).

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  1. From his tape, he looks like a Tavante Beckett clone. We’re gonna have some hard-hitting LBs on the field in a couple years!

  2. This kid really gets after ’em. Another fine addition. We are on our way with the new coaching staff.

  3. this guy obviously likes quarterbacks: hitting them, tackling them for a loss, throwing them, etc. .
    when he can’t find a qb to ‘love on’; then he goes after a rb or wr -next available with football in his hand.
    in first segments he looks like an inside backer version of Cody Grimm.
    his size is a little questionable ” () ” ( <– per TSL recruiting) , but i trust our coaches and 'Gentle Ben' will take care of that.
    hope we can hold on to this guy – Florida boys get lots of exposure – through the recruiting wars ahead til signing day.

    Go Hokies!

    1. ahh … the details were in the tweet link:
      215lbs
      6ft*
      4.47 40

      *wouldn’t mind if he’d add a couple inches height and wingspan. which is possible since he’s a junior now.

  4. Curious why no mention of his star ranking by the recruiting services?? Guessing 3 or 4 Star.

    1. The star rankings have been added now. All four major national recruiting outlets – 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN – rank him as a 3-star. Scout is the only one ranking him as a running back. The others list him as a linebacker.

  5. VERY NICE…I am thrilled. Glad to have you Aundrey…..You’ll be a STAR at Tech! Welcome to Hokie Nation

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