Freshmen Report; D.J. Walton Arrested, Dismissed

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Freshmen Report

On Tuesday, July 5, over half of the members of the 2005 Virginia Tech recruiting class reported to Blacksburg for
the Second Summer Session of classes. The list includes 13 scholarship players and one walk-on. They join 63 returning
players who are in Blacksburg for the Second Summer Session.

Here is a list of players who reported on Tuesday.

Freshmen Enrolled for Summer School



Brent Bowden


Cory Byrd*


Jahre Cheeseman


Eric Davis


Victor Harris


Kenny Jefferson


Elan Lewis


Cam Martin


Antonio North


Dorian Porch


Demetrius Taylor


Ed Wang


Ike Whitaker


*Denotes invited walk-on

Some of the players on this list have a great chance to see early playing time for the Hokies, especially the
defensive backs. Tech was in search of a #4 cornerback before the legal issues of Brandon Flowers and Theo Miller, and
now there is a chance that more than one true freshman cornerback could have to play this fall.

Victor Harris would seemingly have the advantage. Harris is the highest rated cornerback that the Hokies have ever
signed. He played in the US Army All-American Game and is regarded as an instant impact recruit for Tech.

Two other possibilities are Jahre Cheeseman and Dorian Porch, both of whom enrolled for summer classes. Cheeseman is
very athletic and could end up at another position, but it looks like he will start out at corner. Porch was a very good
high school baseball player and turned down some free agent contracts to play football for the Hokies. Any of these
three (Harris, Cheeseman, Porch) could end up seeing the field for the Hokies this season.

Another player that could have a chance is Kenny Jefferson. With John Kinzer moving back to tight end, the only
fullback on Tech’s roster with game experience is Jesse Allen. If Jefferson shows a good work ethic throughout the
summer and is able to develop his blocking (especially pass blocking) in August practice, he could have a chance to
crack the two-deep.

Free safety Cam Martin could potentially have a chance, although he will have to put on more weight and get stronger
throughout the month of July. Martin is a natural safety, and with Justin Hamilton’s injury and inexperience at the
position, coupled with D.J. Parker’s inexperience, Martin could possibly see some playing time.

D.J. Walton Arrested, Dismissed

Virginia Tech senior rover D.J. Walton has been arrested and charged with four counts of
, four counts of
abduction and four counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Walton, 22, allegedly robbed the victims at gunpoint along with John Ivory Hudspeth, also 22. Walton and Hudspeth
were quickly tracked down by authorities following the incident.

The incident has resulted in the culmination of a highly disappointing career. Virginia Tech announced on that Walton had
been dismissed from the football program
, with no further comment. Walton was rated the #10
player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times in their postseason high school player rankings in 2001. He formed an
impressive combination with current UVa linebacker Ahmad Brooks at C.D. Hylton High School.

Walton started out as a cornerback at Tech, but it quickly became apparent that he did not have the top speed or hip
movement that was needed to play the position. He was moved to rover but was never able to develop at that position.

In 2003, Walton was kicked off the team for receiving two DUIs. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but 85 were
suspended. He was eventually allowed back on the team as a walk-on with an opportunity to earn back his scholarship, but
his career is now over.

Roster Changes

For all of you NCAA Football 2006 enthusiasts, there is also some new roster information that you’ll need to
remember when you begin to edit your own rosters. There has been some number switching in the offseason by some of Tech’s
returning players.

The players, and their new numbers:

Number Changes on the Football Team


New Number

Previous Number

Cory Holt



Corey Gordon



Robert Parker



Cory Price



Some of the incoming freshman have been given numbers as well.

Freshman Numbers



Victor Harris


Ike Whitaker


Greg Boone


Elan Lewis


Kenny Jefferson


Antonio North


Richard Graham


Robert Norris


Sergio Render


Brandon Holland


Eric Davis


Sam Wheeler


Ed Wang


William Wall


Other incoming freshmen, such Jahre Cheeseman and Hivera Green, have not been given numbers as of yet. The remaining
freshmen will report shortly before the start of Fall football practice, which begins on August 5.

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