Hokies Sign 31 to Letters of Intent

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Virginia Tech received 31 letters of intent from football prospects today,
the largest recruiting class in Frank Beamer’s tenure at Virginia Tech. The
class includes 22 players from the state of Virginia, also a record for Beamer
at Tech.

Although not all of the recruits will be enrolling this year, it marks the
biggest recruiting class Tech has ever signed. The class features a number of highly-touted players, and as usual, a few
sleepers that have an opportunity to defy the experts and excel at the college
level.

Virginia Tech’s recruiting class is headed up by seven 4-star recruits,
including four of the top five players in TSL’s
Virginia Top 30
list.

The #1 player in the state is offensive tackle Vinston Painter. The Hokies
also signed #2 Dyrell Roberts of Smithfield and #3 Ryan Williams of Manassas,
completing a clean sweep of the top three in the state. #5 is wide receiver D.J.
Coles of Goochland. The only top five player in the state that is not heading to
Blacksburg is quarterback Mike Glennon, brother of Sean Glennon. He is headed to
NC State.

The Hokies signed one other top 10 recruit, #9 Marcus Davis of Ocean Lakes
High School. Davis was considered an athlete for most of the recruiting process,
likely a future receiver. However he played quarterback his senior year of high
school and was very impressive, out-dueling Florida State commit E.J. Manuel in
one of his games. Quarterback will be Davis’ initial position at Virginia Tech.

The top five in-state signees are offensive players. None of these players
are expected to play on the defensive side of the ball for the Hokies. A couple,
such as Ryan Williams and Dyrell Roberts, have a chance to contribute in their
first season. Roberts is the most likely candidate, given Tech’s needs at wide
receiver.

Virginia Tech also signed 4-star linebacker Quillie Odom from Hargrave
Military Academy. Odom was originally a member of the 2007 recruiting class, but
failed to qualify. Since then he has bulked up to 225 pounds and has developed
into a standout linebacker for Hargrave.

Another 4-star recruit is Myrtle Beach linebacker Bruce Taylor. Taylor
verballed to the Hokies way back on September 14, 2006 over offers from UNC,
South Carolina, Florida State and Clemson. He has bulked up to 6-3, 240, and
could possibly play defense end for Virginia Tech.

The final 4-star recruit, who decided on Virginia Tech this morning, is
defensive end Leon Mackey of Hargrave Military Academy. Mackey fills a major
need on defense and has the chance to play right away.

Tech’s class also includes some sleepers that the coaching staff evaluated
and decided to offer. Some of these players are underrated because they
committed to Virginia Tech so early, before other coaches had a chance to fully
evaluate them. Examples are Eric Martin and Jeron Gouveia.

A complete table listing every signee of Virginia Tech’s 2008 recruiting
class is below. We’ll have more detailed coverage of this class in the coming
days, beginning tomorrow with Chris Horne’s breakdown and analysis of all 31
players.

2008 Virginia Tech Football
Recruiting Class
Pos Name Stars Ht Wt Hometown State Status

QB


Clayton, Joseph



6-2

205

Richmond

VA

VT Signee

QB


Davis, Marcus



6-5

215

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee

RB


Gregory, Tony



5-11

185

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee

RB


Williams, Ryan



5-10

205

Manassas

VA

VT Signee

WR


Barber, Ben



6-0

200

Alexandria

VA

VT Signee

WR


Boykin, Jarrett



6-2

190

Matthews

NC

VT Signee

WR


Coles, D.J.



6-3

198

Goochland

VA

VT Signee

WR


Dunn, Randall



6-3

212

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee
WR

Fuller, Austin



6-2

195

Richlands

VA

VT Signee

WR


Pressley, Kendrick



5-10

170

Sumter

SC

VT Signee

WR


Roberts, Dyrell



6-2

190

Smithfield

VA

VT Signee

TE


Martin, Eric



6-3

235

Woodbridge

VA

VT Signee

OL


Painter, Vinston



6-6

315

Norfolk

VA

VT Signee

OL


Via, Michael



6-6

260

McLeansville

NC

VT Signee
DT

Hopkins, Antoine



6-2

280

Highland Springs

VA

VT Signee
DT

Tucker, Dwight



6-2

275

Oviedo

FL

VT Signee

DE


Hamlette, Isaiah



6-4

250

Stafford

VA

VT Signee

DE


Jones, Joe



6-3

245

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee
DE Mackey,
Leon

6-5 275 Newark DE VT Signee
LB

Boyce, Xavier



6-4

200

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee

LB


Gibson, Lyndell



5-11

220

Virginia Beach

VA

VT Signee

LB


Johnson, Jake



6-2

235

Falmouth

VA

VT Signee
LB

McCoy, Derrick



6-3

210

Amherst

VA

VT Signee

LB


Odom, Quillie



6-2

225

Manassas

VA

VT Signee

LB


Stephens, Allen



6-1

240

South Boston

VA

VT Signee

LB


Taylor, Bruce



6-3

240

Myrtle Beach

SC

VT Signee
CB

Rose, Peter



6-1

180

Amherst

VA

VT Signee

CB


Whitley, Eddie



6-1

175

Matthews

NC

VT Signee

CB


Williams, Lorenzo



6-2

198

Fayetteville

NC

VT Signee

S


Gouveia, Jeron



6-2

184

Ashburn

VA

VT Signee
JATH

Becton, Nick



6-6

290

Wilmington

NC

VT Signee

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