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Offensive line is, once again, an important position for Virginia Tech to recruit. The Hokies landed their first commitment in the 2007 class at the position yesterday, when Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout Blake DeChristopher pledged to Tech over offers from Maryland, Ohio State and Virginia. The commitment was reported this morning by the Roanoke Times.
A 6-5, 295-pound recruit, DeChristopher, who is rated the #10 overall player in the state by Techsideline.com, is an excellent start to the line recruiting for coach Beamer and company. He is being recruited by Tech as an offensive tackle.
DeChristopher was an all-academic performer in the Dominion district last season as a junior. He has added 30 pounds since the beginning of his junior season and combines size, strength and athleticism. DeChristopher benched 185 pounds 29 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds (did this twice) at the Norfolk combine this spring.
An excellent performer in the shot put, DeChristopher was the Dominion District and Central Region champion his junior year, finishing third overall in the state.
Below is the projected offensive tackles depth chart for the 2007 season, including DeChristopher as a commitment.
Seniors: Duane Brown
Sophomores: Richard Graham
R/S Fr./Sophomores: Aaron Brown, Clark Crum
Freshmen: Blake DeChristopher
DeChristopher has the flexibility to switch positions if necessary, but offensive tackle depth is certainly an issue for Tech in the 2007 season. Blake gives Tech a big, athletic lineman with a lot of potential. He is a player who, if he has an excellent senior season, could potentially end up as the top rated lineman in the state of Virginia for the 2007 recruiting class.
Look for Tech to try and land at least one more potential offensive tackle in this year’s class.