Hokies Sign 2010 Recruiting Class

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Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class is complete. It features a total of 21
players, including original 2009 signees De’Antre Rhodes and Theron Norman. The
Hokies signed a player at every position except for running back. As usual, the
class contains players who can play multiple positions.

2010 Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Class

Pos
Name Stars Ht Wt Hometown
State
QB Mark
Leal
6-1 185 Delray Beach FL
QB Ricardo
Young
*
6-1 170 Washington DC
WR E.L.
Smiling
6-3 185 Stafford VA
TE Jerome
Lewis
6-4 230 Rochester NY
OL Matt
Arkema
6-3 290 Midlothian VA
OL Caleb
Farris
6-4 300 Lexington VA
OL Laurence
Gibson
*
6-6 300 Sierra Vista AZ
OL Mark
Shuman
6-7 290 Fork Union VA
DT Nick
Acree
6-6 310 King William VA
DT Derrick
Hopkins
6-0 285 Highland Springs VA
DT De’Antre
Rhodes
6-3 270 Richmond VA
DE Zack
McCray
6-5 235 Lynchburg VA
DE Justin
Taylor
6-4 220 Norwood NC
LB Brian
Laiti
6-3 205 Fairfax VA
LB Tahrick
Peak
6-2 205 Dublin VA
LB Chase
Williams
*
6-3 240 Leesburg VA
LB/S Nick
Dew
6-2 195 Virginia Beach VA
LB/S Dominique
Patterson
6-1 203 Suffolk VA
CB Detrick
Bonner
6-0 170 Locust Grove GA
CB Kyle
Fuller
6-0 165 Baltimore MD
S Theron
Norman
*
6-3 205 Richmond VA
*Enrolled in January
2010 and will participate in spring practice

Here’s a quick look at how the class breaks down:

Class
Breakdown
Pos. Num.
QB 2
RB 0
WR 1
TE 1
OL 4
DE 2
DT 3
LB 3
LB/S 2
CB 2
S 1
Total 21

The class contains seven 4-star and fourteen 3-star players, according to
TechSideline.com’s rankings. That’s the most 4-star recruits the Hokies have
signed since the class of 2003, when they also signed seven 4-stars. 2003 was
the first year TSL did recruiting rankings. Since then, Tech hasn’t signed more
than five 5-star or 4-star players in a single class.

The 2010 class is particularly strong in the trenches, featuring four
offensive linemen and five defensive linemen. Five of those players are listed
as 4-star recruits, including defensive end Zack McCray, defensive tackle Nick
Acree, defensive tackle De’Antre Rhodes, offensive tackle Mark Shuman and
offensive tackle Laurence Gibson.

Virginia Tech is obviously making a commitment to continuing their dominating
ways in the trenches by signing such strong offensive and defensive line
classes. Other linemen in the class are offensive guards Caleb Farris and Matt
Arkema, defensive end Justin Taylor and defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins.

The other 4-star recruits are linebacker Chase Williams, and
linebacker/safety Nick Dew. Williams is the son of current New Orleans Saints
defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who used to hold the same position with
the Washington Redskins. He was also the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from
2001-03.

Nick Dew is a versatile player who could end up at free safety, rover or whip
linebacker. The Hokies like to recruit versatile defensive backs who can play
multiple positions. Other examples are Lorenzo Williams, Antone Exum, Jerrodd
Williams, Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, Alonzo Tweedy and Xavier Boyce. Dew is the
latest recruit who fits that description.

This was also a very important class for the Hokies at the quarterback
position. Tyrod Taylor will be gone after the 2010 season, and Tech will need at
least one player to compete with Ju-Ju Clayton and Logan Thomas heading into
2011. They accomplished that in this class, signing two talented signal callers.

Mark Leal is a pocket passer from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, FL.
That’s the same high school that produced David Clowney, Brandon Flowers and
Jayron Hosley. He’ll be joined by Ricardo Young of Washington, DC, who enrolled
at Virginia Tech for the spring semester. Both quarterbacks will redshirt in
2010, and then they’ll compete with Clayton and Thomas in the spring of 2011.
Tech fans will get their first look at Ricardo Young this spring, while Leal
will enroll in the summer.

Tech also had a strong year at linebacker. Chase Williams is a well-regarded
player, and Brian Laiti is a solid prospect expected to play the backer
position. Tahrick Peak, brother of 2009 signee Nubian Peak, will also fit in at
whip or backer. Dominique Patterson could also factor in at linebacker, but for
now he’s listed as a free safety by Virginia Tech.

In the defensive backfield, the Hokies signed two players who could end up at
cornerback: Detrick Bonner of Georgia and Kyle Fuller of Maryland. Fuller is the
younger brother of former Tech and current Tennessee Titan safety Vincent
Fuller. He could also play the free safety position. Theron Norman rounds out
the defensive backfield.

Tight end is also another position that needed to be addressed. The Hokies
got Jerome Lewis, a quality prospect from New York. With the lack of depth at
tight end heading into the 2010 season, Lewis is a candidate for early playing
time.

TSL will have detailed coverage of the 2010 recruiting class available to
subscribers in the coming days.

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