2006 Recruiting Class Update

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Summer Session II began at Virginia Tech on July 5, and the good news is that
most of the 2006 Virginia Tech recruiting class has successfully qualified and
passed the NCAA Clearinghouse. The bad news is that, as usual, there are some
who did not make the grades and will not be enrolling at Virginia Tech for this
season.

Four 2006 Virginia Tech recruits are not currently enrolled at Tech. They are
wide receiver Douglas
McNeil
, tight end Andre
Smith
, defensive tackle Ladi
Ajiboye
and defensive end Mike
Gee
.

McNeil’s status is unknown, although Doug Doughty reported
on July 5th in the Roanoke Times
that he would enroll in “January at the
earliest.” TSL was recently told that Smith has qualified and will enroll at
Virginia Tech in August. Ajiboye did not qualify and is prep school-bound, most
likely at Hargrave Military Academy. Mike Gee has not made it through the NCAA
Clearinghouse yet due to problems getting transcripts submitted, and it is
unknown at this point if he will make it to Tech for the fall.

2005 recruit Todd
Nolen
also failed to qualify for the second consecutive year. Nolen spent
the year at Fork Union Military Academy, but since he was repeating his senior
year of high school, he is still eligible to play there for one more season as a
prep player. His other option is to head to junior college. (Editor’s Note: The Newport News Daily Press reported on 7/19/06 that Nolen was favoring heading to a JUCO and was considering Butler (KS) Community College and Arizona Western Community College.)

The other 15 members of the 2006 recruiting class are currently enrolled in
summer classes at Virginia Tech. This will allow them to ease into college life,
rather than being thrown into the fire, so to speak, in August.

An interesting note about incoming freshmen is that many are living in Harper
Residence Hall, when Cochrane Hall has been the primary residence hall of
on-campus athletes in years past. Several of the incoming freshmen are
roommates, including Kam Chancellor and Matt Wright, Jason Adjepong and Daryl
Robertson, and Nekos Brown and Rashad Carmichael.

Winning the “Best Name” competition for incoming freshmen is Jason Adjepong,
whose full name is listed as Jason Charles Worilds-Adjepong.

“Most Interesting Fact” award goes to Nekos Brown. Nekos is the son of Chuck
Brown
, the “Godfather
of Go-Go
.”

While there has been a lot of news coming out lately regarding commitments
for the 2007 recruiting class, TSL is not finished covering the class of 2006.
We have a series of articles that will appear on the site in the near future
that covers everything from how
Tech recruits performed in the VHSCL All-Star Game
, to rating each member of
the class, all from TSL contributor Phil Martin.

New College Football Rules in Place for 2006 Season

The 2006 football season will bring some new rules with it that fans, coaches
and players alike must get used to. Some will be very noticeable, while others
may not.

The NCAA Rules Committee, of which Frank Beamer is a member, is seeking to
speed up college football games, which averaged three hours and 20 minutes last
year. Halftime is recommended to be 20 minutes in duration, but the NCAA will allow the competing institutions to shorten or lengthen halftime by mutual consent, enabling them to go to 15 minute halftimes if they so desire, to speed up the game. The game clock
will start on kickoffs as soon as the ball is kicked, rather than when the
returner first touches the ball. On changes of possession, the clock will begin
the moment the ball is ready for play, instead of when it is snapped.

The instant replay rule is still in place this year, with one notable change.
Each conference will not have its own set of rules this year. Instead, the Rules
Committee has set the replay rules for all of college football. Coaches will be
allowed to challenge calls on the field this year. In the ACC last season, all
challenges had to come from an official on the booth.

If the original call on the field stands, then the coach loses his challenge
and the team is charged with a timeout. If a coach’s challenge is correct, he
will not be charged with a timeout and he is allowed to keep his challenge for
further use, if he sees fit. This is the exact system that the Mountain West
Conference used last season, and of 35 challenged calls, only five were
reversed.

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