VT Picks Up Commitment

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The Recruiting Dead Period didn’t go all the way through without some activity for Hokie fans.

Almost two weeks after receiving an offer from Virginia Tech, Phoebus quarterback/cornerback prospect DJ Parker committed to the Hokies.

“Yeah, I committed there,” said Parker, who led Phoebus to a second consecutive state title this season. “It’s a nice school. I went there with Xavier [Adibi] a couple of times. I can get a good education there.

“I can’t wait to get there.”

According to Parker, Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play cornerback, a position he played extremely well for Phoebus. With outstanding cornerback Phillip Brown playing opposite of Parker, he saw a lot of action this season, but was up to the task.

“Basically, teams didn’t have a choice but to throw to me,” said Parker. “Sometimes they would pick on Phillip, but most of the time they tried to pick on me. It was fine with me.”

Parker doesn’t care which position he plays at Virginia Tech. In fact, he really likes to play corner and looks forward to the opportunity.

“I love to play man-to-man,” said Parker. “I love to play zone too…basically, I just love to play.”

The first stop for Parker will be at Fork Union Military Academy, where he will prep for one year. When he gets to Tech, he hopes to have the opportunity to play with best friend and teammate Xavier Adibi.

“I’ve talked to Xavier about it – in fact, I talked to him today,” said Parker. “He says he still doesn’t know where he’s going, but I will keep working on him.”

Parker becomes the Hokies 17th commitment of the 2002-2003 recruiting year. Three of the commitments – DB James Griffin, OL Tripp Carroll, and DB Corey Gordon – have signed and will enroll in January.