Hokies Sign 24 Recruits to Letters of Intent

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Hokies Sign 24 Recruits to Letters of Intent
Hannah Decommits on Signing Day

Out
of VT’s 2005 recruiting class of 25 players, 24 of them sent national letters of
intent (LOIs) into the Hokie football office today, but VT lost one of their top
recruits when 4-star tight end Jonathan Hannah from Hope Mills, NC decommitted
and signed with South Carolina instead. Despite the loss of Hannah to the
Gamecocks and SC coach Steve Spurrier, the 24-man class represents another
strong entry in VT recruiting history, particularly in-state.

Last year, the Hokies landed Eddie Royal on Signing Day, but this year, there
were no Signing Day commitments, just Hannah’s decommitment. Rumors started
swirling among UNC and NC State message boards Tuesday that Hannah would
decommit and sign with UNC, and the story took another twist today when he inked
with the Gamecocks instead of the Tar Heels.

VT loses a key TE recruit with Hannah’s departure, but OL recruit Ed
Wang will most likely start out at TE, according to Frank Beamer, so that helps
ease the loss of Hannah. The remainder of
the class is very strong in skill players. The class is headlined by 5-star CB/ATH
Victor
"Macho" Harris
from Highland Springs High School in Richmond,
4-star QB Ike
Whitaker
from Germantown, MD, and 4-star running back Elan
Lewis
from Phoebus HS in Hampton.

Also on the 4-star list: LB Deveon
Simmons
Virginia Beach and DE William
Wall
from Washington, DC by way of Hargrave Military.

Two areas of need were at defensive back and offensive line, and the Hokies loaded up at those positions. Tech signed three cornerbacks (Harris, Dorian
Porch
from Calhoun, GA and Stephan
Virgil
from Rocky Mount, NC) and five offensive linemen (Richard
Graham
, Eric
Davis
, Antonio
North
, Robert
Norris
, and Brandon
Holland
), plus two more recruits that might end up on the offensive line (Ed
Wang
and DT Sergio
Render
).

Tech also had a big need at defensive tackle and had two 3-star pickups there
in Sergi
o
Render
from Newnan, GA and Cordarrow
Thompson
out of Stafford, VA.

The class is one of VT’s deepest ever, including players at all positions,
with the exception of wide receiver (where there was little to no
need, due to the presence of so many young receivers on Tech’s two-deep roster).

The class also represents another fine in-state recruiting haul, with 15
players from the state of Virginia. The Hokies snagged three players from
TechSideline.com’s top four in-state recruits (#1 Harris, #2 Lewis, and #4
Simmons; #3 Vic Hall signed with Virginia). This is the fifth year in a row that
the Hokies have signed at least two of the top five in-state recruits. The 2000
recruiting class, which included only #5 Chad Cooper from the top five, was the last VT recruiting
class that didn’t have at least two top-five players sign with VT. (For TSL
rankings of in-state recruits back to 2003 and Roanoke Times rankings of
in-state recruits back to 1998, go to TSL’s Football
Recruiting Home Page
and look in the left-hand border).

Here is the complete list of signees, sorted by position.

2005
Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Class
Stars Pos Name Ht Wt 40 Hometown


QB
Whitaker, Ike
6-4

200

4.5

Germantown, MD


QB
Boone, Greg
6-4

240

4.65

Chesapeake, VA


RB
Lewis, Elan
5-8

210

4.5

Hampton, VA


FB
Jefferson, Kenneth
5-10

230

4.5

Hyattsville, MD


OL
Davis, Eric
6-7

315


Springfield, VA


OL
Graham, Richard
6-6

225

4.85

Richmond, VA


OL
Holland, Brandon
6-4

285

4.8

Roanoke, VA


OL
Norris, Robert
6-4

300


Hyattsville, MD


OL
North, Antonio
6-4

310

5.31

Stafford, VA

TE
Wang, Ed
6-5

260

4.8

Ashburn, VA


DT/OL
Render, Sergio
6-4

290

5.2

Newnan, GA


DT
Thompson, Cordarrow
6-2

318

5.24

Stafford, VA


DE
Friday, Steven
6-4

215

4.7

Hampton, VA


DE
Green, Hivera
6-5

258

4.8

Conway, SC


DE
Wall, William
6-3

255

4.6

Washington, DC


LB
Simmons, Deveon
6-0

221

4.5

Va Beach, VA


LB
Taylor, Demetrius
6-1

220

4.5

Va Beach, VA


CB/RB
Harris, Victor
6-0

180

4.46

Highland Springs, VA


CB/ATH
Porch, Dorian
5-11

180

4.4

Calhoun, GA


CB/WR
Virgil, Stephan
5-11

165

4.4

Rocky Mount, NC


S
Martin, Cameron
6-1

180

4.5

Danville, VA


P
Bowden, Brent
6-3

180

4.9

Chantilly, VA


ATH
Cheeseman, Jahre
5-9

180

4.37

Voorhees, NJ


ATH
Wheeler, Sam
6-3

240

4.68

Blacksburg, VA


In the coming days and weeks, TechSideline.com will bring you detailed profiles of many of
these recruits, as well as analysis and commentary on the class and the recruiting process. Stay tuned, and subscribe to
TSL Pass to learn all about the new batch of recruits!



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