Tech Lands Commitment

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Virginia Tech received its ninth commitment for the 2004 recruiting class today, when Fork Union Military Academy offensive/defensive line prospect Ryan Shuman committed during his official visit.

Shuman made the official visit by himself, which is why Tech coaches told him to go home tonight and inform his parents first before “officially” committing. He told his parents, and he plans on committing to the Hokies tomorrow.

“It was a good visit,” Shuman said. “I had a good time. I liked it, it felt right, so I went ahead and committed. They told me to tell my parents first before they would accept it, so I did that tonight. I’ll be calling Coach [John] Ballein (who is the Associate Director of Athletics for Football Operations) tomorrow to tell him I’m definitely committed.”

At 6-4, 250 pounds, Shuman is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a center. He put on 30 pounds before the start of this season, and blossomed as a center and defensive end for the Fork Union Prep squad.

Shuman chose Virginia Tech over offers from Western Michigan, Toledo, Central Michigan, and William & Mary. He was hosted by offensive tackle Jimmy Martin on his visit, and really got along well with the players.

“Basically the players were cool,” Shuman said. “They were laidback like I am. Virginia Tech just seemed like the best fit for me. It’s a fine place.”

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