Top NC DB Chooses Hokies

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Virginia Tech capped a week that began with a commitment from one of the top players in the country by receiving a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive players in the state of North Carolina. Stephan Virgil, a 5-11, 165-pound recruit out of Rocky Mount High School, has committed to Virginia Tech.

“I’ve decided to go to Virginia Tech,” Virgil said. “The environment is real nice. It was a good environment for me and somewhere I think I could live for 4 years. The fans are loud and they have an excellent football program. They play a smash-mouth brand of football. That’s my style. I don’t do a lot of talking on the field, but I talk with my pads. That’s how they play. Plus, the coaching staff are all really great guys.”

Virgil, who chose the Hokies over North Carolina, made 98 tackles with 2 sacks and made 4 interceptions this season. He helped Rocky Mount to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the 4A state semifinals. Virgil played safety for Rocky Mount but is being recruited as a defensive back – he could play safety or cornerback for the Hokies.

“They said I could either play cornerback or strong safety,” Virgil said. A fast player, Virgil says his best 40-yard dash time was 4.43 at UNC’s summer camp. “They like how I come up and tackle and how I can cover receivers. They like how I can give help as a safety.”

Academically, Virgil has not yet qualified but is awaiting his latest SAT scores. He also is awaiting his latest GPA number, which was 2.7.

Virgil becomes the16th verbal commitment for the 2005 class. There are 18 recruits for 2005 counting Hargrave OL Brandon Holland and FB/TE Sam Wheeler, both of which signed with the Hokies in February of 2004.

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