Hokies Sign 2011 Recruiting Class

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Virginia Tech signed 19 new players to letters of intent on Wednesday,
joining cornerback Adeboye Aromire, who has already enrolled, for a total of 20
recruits in the 2011 class. Eight of Tech’s signees come from the state of
Virginia, and they also had success with some highly-touted prospects from
out-of-state.

2011 VT Football
Recruiting Class

Pos

Name

Stars

Ht

Wt

Hometown

State

RB

Holmes,

Michael

6-0

200

Harrisonburg

VA

WR

Asante,

Kevin

6-0

175

Charlotte

NC

WR

Knowles,

Demitri

6-1

175

Lynchburg

VA

WR

Lockhart,

Robert

6-2

175

Boca Raton

FL

TE

Hall,

Chris

6-4

225

Dinwiddie

VA

TE

Malleck,

Ryan

6-5

235

Point Pleasant

NJ

TE

Redman,

Darius

6-4

239

Washington

DC

TE

Reeves,

Christian

6-3

220

McDonough

GA

OL

Goins,

Jake

6-5

285

Midlothian

VA

DT

Harley,

Kris

6-2

265

Indianapolis

IN

DT

Maddy,
Luther

6-2

275

Delray Beach

FL

DE

Alford,

Dewayne

6-2

220

Suffolk

VA

DE

Estime,

Wedley

6-4

215

Delray Beach

FL

DE

Marshall,

Corey

6-1

255

Dinwiddie

VA

DE

Roth,

Matt

6-4

230

Ponte Vedra

FL

CB

Aromire,

Adeboye

6-0

185

Washington

DC

CB

Farrow,

James

6-0

175

Minnetonka

MN

CB

Jarrett,

Kyshoen

6-0

180

East Stroudsburg

PA

S

Cole,

Michael

6-2

200

Roanoke

VA

S

Vandyke,

Ronny

6-3

196

Lorton

VA

Decommit: QB Lafonte
Thourogood
, to Vanderbilt
Will walk on: P Michael
Branthover

Tech’s top in-state signee is Dinwiddie High School defensive end Corey
Marshall. At 6-2, 250, Marshall chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from
Virginia, Michigan and Tennessee. He is ranked #5 in the state of Virginia by
TechSideline.com, and is considered a perfect fit for Bud Foster’s defensive
scheme.

The Hokies also signed the #9 player in the state, safety prospect Ronny
Vandyke from South County High School. At 6-3, 200, Vandyke is likely destined
for the rover position. He chose Tech over UVA, West Virginia, Pitt, among
others.

Other in-state signees include linebacker Michael Cole (#15), running back
Michael Holmes (#20), offensive tackle Jake Goins (#24), wide receiver Demitri
Knowles (#26), defensive end Dewayne Alford (#31) and tight end Chris Hall
(#33).

Tech’s out-of-state haul was arguably more impressive. Pennsylvania
cornerback Kyshoen Jarrett highlights the list. At 5-10, 175, Jarrett was
originally a Pitt commit, but re-opened his recruitment when that coaching staff
was let go. He has great feet and natural football instincts. Jarrett also had
scholarship offers from Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin. He is the #5 player
(out of 40 ranked players) in the state of Pennsylvania per Rivals.

The Hokies went back to Darren Evans’ old high school, Warren Central in
Indianapolis, to nab four-star defensive tackle Kris Harley. Harley is a 6-1,
275 playmaker who chose the Hokies over his other finalist, Oklahoma. He also
held offers from Purdue, Iowa, UNC and USC, among others. Like Corey Marshall,
Kris Harley appears to be a perfect fit for the Tech defensive line. Harley is
the #3 player (out of 20 ranked players) in the state of Indiana per Rivals.

Tech also went out-of-state to get good some other top prospects.

  • CB James Farrow: #2 player (out of 10 ranked players) in the state of
    Minnesota , chose Tech over Miami, Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois and West
    Virginia. 

  • CB Adeboye Aromire: Already enrolled at Tech, offered by UNC, Illinois,
    West Virginia and MD. He is the #3 prospect in Washington, DC (out of 5
    ranked players). 
  • WR Robert Lockhart: Florida prospect who chose the Hokies over Nebraska
    and Kansas State. 
  • TE Ryan Malleck: A New Jersey recruit who chose Tech over Miami and
    Maryland. D
  • E Matt Roth: From Tim Tebow’s alma mater, Nease High School in Florida.
    Roth had offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi
    State, Northwestern, Purdue, Texas A&M and Virginia.

Overall this was a solid recruiting class, particularly on the defensive side
of the ball. However, the Hokies only managed to sign two top 10 prospects in
the state of Virginia. Quarterback Lafonte Thourogood, the #10 player in the
state, decommitted from Virginia Tech on Signing Day and elected to sign with
Vanderbilt.

The Hokies also missed out on a number of top out-of-state targets, such as
linebacker Stephone Anthony (Clemson), offensive tackle Kiaro Holts (North
Carolina) and quarterback Marquise Williams (North Carolina).

We’ll have multiple closer looks at this class available for TSL Pass
subscribers in the coming days.

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