Tech Lands Top OL Target

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Virginia Tech picked up its seventh commitment for the 2005 recruiting class today, when North Stafford (VA) offensive guard Tony North chose the Hokies over NC State.

“Tony North has just committed to Virginia Tech,” North Stafford Head Coach Eric Cook said. “It was down to Virginia Tech and NC State, and he just went where he felt more comfortable. He went where he felt more comfortable if he was just a student. He felt that way after he visited Blacksburg.”

North narrowed his list to Virginia Tech and NC State during the month of May and has been weighing each program ever since. The decision was indeed a tough one.

“Tony approached this thing from every different angle,” Cook said. “He visited both schools, talked to the coaches, and after all was said and done, they were both even. He asked me ‘how do I decide?’ I asked him to think about where you would be most comfortable if something were to happen. That made it for him.”

Virginia Tech recruited the 6-4, 300 pound North to play offensive guard, which is where he plays in high school. Very athletic, North could probably play anywhere along the line.

“I think he’ll remain at guard,” Cook said. “He moves in space so well. He likes to run. But if Virginia Tech feels he is the best player at another position, I think he could move anywhere else on the offensive line.”

One of the top offensive line prospects in the state, North chose Tech over offers from NC State, Tennessee, UVa, and West Virginia.

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