Virginia Beach LB Chooses Hokies

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Virginia Tech is on a bit of a roll with verbal commitments, having now received two this week. The most recent being tonight from Kellam High School (Virginia Beach, VA) linebacker Demetrius Taylor . Taylor, a 6-1, 220 pound linebacker prospect who runs a 4.5 in the 40, chose the Hokies over offers from Duke and Kent and serious interest from Notre Dame, Maryland, and Syracuse among others.

“I committed to Virginia Tech,” Taylor said. “I decided about a week ago. I chose Virginia Tech because they were the first one to offer. They saw something in me that’s taken the other schools a long time to figure out.”

Taylor, whose sister is a freshman at Virginia Tech, says he has visited the Virginia Tech campus “about four times. I like the campus there.” Even though family is a priority for Demetrius, he didn’t consider his sister being at Virginia Tech a major factor in his decision.

“It really wasn’t a part of my decision,” Taylor said. “It’s going to be a plus, but it wasn’t a factor.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring, recruited Taylor as a Mike linebacker. He plays the same position in high school and feels the transition will now be easier on the next level.

“I think, since I play the same position now, that it will be an easier transistion for me [on the next level],” Taylor said. “I am looking forward to playing in a 4-3 though. We play a 4-4 right now.”

As a junior last season, Taylor averaged 10 tackles per game. He is the leader of Head Coach Chris DeWitt’s Kellam defense.

“He can run like no one his size,” DeWitt said in an interview earlier this year. “He’s our fastest sprinter. He runs a 4.5, but we’ve timed him under 4.5 before. He can bench press 355 pounds, and his squat is huge. We do hand-cleans, and Demetrius can hand-clean 325 pounds, which is our highest ever.

“What separates him on the field is his knowledge of the game and his discipline. We need him to do a lot of stuff out there, and he has the discipline to stay within our system. His stats won’t amaze you, but he’s playing very effective within our defensive scheme. He does what he’s supposed to do.”

An excellent student, Taylor will easily qualify. According to Coach DeWitt, he has “always received A’s and B’s.”