Top Athlete Commits to VT

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Virginia Tech received its 15th verbal commitment of the 2004 recruiting class today, when talented fullback/linebacker recruit Mike Green committed to the Hokies.

Green, who is a 6-1, 235 pound fullback/linebacker prospect out of Deptford High School (NJ), chose Virginia Tech over Indiana and Minnesota.

“He verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier today,” Deptford Head Coach Al Orio said. “He just said that’s where he wanted to go to school and he didn’t want to lead anybody on or anything, so he did it. That’s the kind of person he is…unselfish. And that’s why I think he’s going to be a star on the next level.”

Virginia Tech is recruiting Green for both the fullback and linebacker positions but primarily as a fullback. He had a great time on his official visit on the weekend of December 12th-14th, and becomes the third prospect to commit from that weekend (joining Mike Mangold and Ryan Shuman. Rod Council visited on the 11th.)

As a senior, Green led Deptford to a 12-0 season and a South Jersey Group 3 State Championship title. Coach Orio recognized Green as a major part of his team’s success.

“As a team, we rushed for 3,800 yards,” Orio said. “Mike was a big part of that. We switched him from tailback to fullback this season, and he showed great ability as a blocker. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry, which really opened up our rushing offense for us. On defense, he led the team with 125 tackles.”

Coach Orio expects Green to play fullback for Virginia Tech. He is also confident his star prospect will qualify academically.

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