Hokies Sign 23 to Letters of Intent

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Virginia Tech signed 23 high school standouts to a Letter of Intent on Wednesday. These players join two other
members of the 2007 recruiting class, Brandon Barden and Josh Oglesby, who enrolled at Virginia Tech in January. Last
year just six in-state players signed with Tech. This year was a different story, as the Hokies got signatures from 13
players from Virginia.

Two offensive standouts headline the class. Quarterback Tyrod
Taylor
, from Hampton High School in Hampton, VA, is the highest-rated player the Hokies signed. He is the #27 player
in the country according to Rivals.com and the #1 dual threat quarterback in the nation. Taylor chose Tech over Florida
and a number of other big-time schools back on July 21 and never wavered from his commitment.

Joining Taylor at the top of the offensive class is Parade All-American Darren
Evans
, whose high school numbers are nothing short of outstanding. He rushed for 2,806 yards and a state record 61
touchdowns during his senior season at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. For his career, Evans rushed
for 7,220 yards and 127 touchdowns. Evans was recently named the EA Sports National Player of the Year for his
accomplishments at the high school level.

Taylor and Evans headline arguably the most complete offensive class Virginia Tech has ever signed. The Hokies signed
at least one player at every position, except fullback. They also signed what appears to be on paper the best offensive
line class in school history.

The state of Virginia was very deep in offensive line talent this year, which is exactly what Tech needed. The Hokies
signed four true offensive linemen from Virginia this year, two of which are ranked in the top 10 in the state by
TechSideline.com.

Blake
DeChristopher
, the #8 player in the state, is a 6-5, 300 offensive tackle prospect from Midlothian, VA. Joining him
up front will be the 6-5, 305 William
Alvarez
, who checks in at #10 in the state. Just outside the top 10 is #11 A.B.
Latif
, a 6-3, 290 guard prospect.

Rounding out Tech’s offensive line recruiting class is Jaymes
Brooks
, the #17 player in the state. At 6-3, 296, Brooks is projected as a guard. Another player who can play along
the offensive line is the #16 player in the state, 6-7, 265 OT/TE prospect Greg
Nosal
.

Defensively, Virginia Tech signed the top two defensive back prospects in the state. Cris
Hill
, the #3 player in the state, is a 5-11, 175 cornerback prospect out of Highland Springs, VA. Joining him in the
defensive backfield will be 6-0, 190 safety prospect Davon
Morgan
, from Varina High School. Morgan is the #7 player in the state.

The Hokies also signed three quality linebackers. Quille
Odom
, the #20 player in the state of Virginia, was the first commitment for the class of 2007. He committed back on
May 31, 2006. Hunter
Ovens
, a 6-2, 220 prospect from Florida, and Barquell
Rivers
, a 6-0, 220 prospect from North Carolina, join Odom at linebacker.

Virginia Tech signed five of the top
10 players in the state of Virginia
. They also signed two of the top four, four of the top eight, and six of the top
11. UVA signed three players in the top 10, while West Virginia and Florida State signed one apiece.


2007 Virginia Tech
Football Recruiting Class
(Barden and Oglesby Enrolled in January 2007)
Pos Name Stars Ht Wt 40 Hometown State
QB Taylor,
Tyrod
6-2 185 4.5 Hampton VA
RB Evans,
Darren
6-1 217 4.55 Indianapolis IN
RB Oglesby,
Josh
6-0 205 4.45 Garner NC
RB Thomas,
D.J.
5-9 175 4.5 Ashland VA
WR Coale,
Danny
6-0 195 4.42 Lexington VA
WR Pressley,
Kendrick
6-0 170 4.4 Sumter SC
WR Terry,
Patrick
5-11 180 4.39 South Boston VA
TE Barden,
Brandon
6-5 211 4.57 Lincolnton GA
TE Drager,
Chris
6-4 235 4.8 Jefferson Hills PA
TE Lanier,
Andrew
6-5 250 4.75 Moore SC
TE Nosal,
Greg
6-5 255 4.9 Virginia Beach VA
OL Alvarez,
William
6-5 315 Woodbridge VA
OL Brooks,
Jaymes
6-3 290 4.93 Newport News VA
OL Carroll,
Collin
6-4 260 Hopkins MN
OL DeChristopher,
Blake
6-6 310 5.0 Midlothian VA
OL Latif,
A.B.
6-3 280 Chesterfield VA
DT Battle,
Kwamaine
6-1 260 4.8 Spring Hope NC
DT Prince,
Courtney
6-2 252 4.8 Mitchellville MD
DE Young,
Justin
6-5 255 Germantown MD
LB Odom,
Quillie
6-2 205 4.6 Manassas VA
LB Ovens,
Hunter
6-2 220 4.5 Bradenton FL
LB Rivers,
Barquell
6-0 220 4.6 Wadesboro NC
LB Tweedy,
Alonzo
6-2 185 4.5 Richmond VA
CB Hill,
Cris
5-11 190 4.4 Highland Springs VA
S Morgan,
Davon
6-2 190 4.55 Varina VA

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