Cornerback Jayron Hosley announced earlier in the week that he would skip his
senior year of college and enter the NFL Draft. David Wilson came to the same
decision this morning in a press conference. In between, four other Hokies
decided to stop playing football at Virginia Tech.
Hosley, who led the nation in interceptions with nine in 2010, played
boundary cornerback in 2011 after playing field corner as a sophomore. Most
projections have him being selected in the second round in April’s draft. It’s
unclear which position Kyle Fuller will play next season, so either Detrick
Bonner or Kyshoen Jarrett, or both, will start at cornerback for Tech next year.
Wilson broke Virginia Tech’s single-season rushing record with 1,709 yards on
the ground in 2011. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Draft projections on Wilson
vary. Scouts Inc. ranks him as the #22 overall prospect in the draft and the
second best running back available. Other projections have him dropping to the
Four other players also announced that they are leaving the program.
Quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton will graduate in May, and will give up football.
Defensive tackle Dwight Tucker will also graduate in May, and will likewise give
Offensive guard/defensive tackle Courtney Prince already has his degree, and
he will play his final season at Eastern Kentucky. Defensive tackle Isaiah
Hamlette has also graduated, and he will finish up his career at a 1-AA school,
though he’s yet to make his decision.
By my count, Virginia Tech has 65 scholarship players currently scheduled to
return next season. We know that defensive end Dwayne Alford, cornerback Donaldven Manning and running back
J.C. Coleman are enrolling in January, and wide receiver Robert Lockhart likely is as well, so that takes the number to 69. The
Hokies could sign as many as 28 players on Signing Day, which means they’ll have
to lose a few more scholarship players before now and the beginning of the 2012
season to make room for such a big class.
Help a Hokie In Need
Former Virginia Tech linebacker George DelRicco needs your help. Shortly
before Christmas, his daughter Ava was severely
injured in a car crash and placed in a medically induced coma at
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. DelRicco’s wife, Ann Marie, suffered a
broken arm but is otherwise unscathed.
Donations are also being accepted by any PNC Bank (SUPPORTING BABY AVA ACCOUNT)
or George DelRicco c/o Ron Delricco at 8108 Croom Station Road, Upper Marlboro,
For more information, see their Facebook