Washington Post DPOY Chooses Tech

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Virginia Tech received a big verbal commitment today – in a literal and in a figurative sense. North Stafford defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson, a 6-2, 312-pound defensive tackle, has chosen Virginia Tech over Syracuse and Marshall.

“Yeah, it’s confirmed,” North Stafford Head Coach Eric Cooke said. “He’s going to sign with Virginia Tech on Wednesday.”

Over the past two weeks, Thompson made official visits to both Marshall and Virginia Tech and spoke in person with new Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson. In the end, the Hokies won out.

“I think, from the feedback that he gave me, that he just felt more comfortable at Virginia Tech,” Cooke said. “He weighed everything. He weighed academics and athletics and they were all impressive, but ultimately I think he was just more comfortable at Virginia Tech.”

Thompson originally committed to Syracuse and was a solid commitment until former Orange head coach Paul Pasquoloni was dismissed. At that time, he decided to open up his recruitment and received interest from many schools, including scholarship offers from Marshall and Virginia Tech.

“[Syracuse coach Paul Pasquoloni being dismissed] really threw a wrench into everything,” Cooke said. “I’ll tell you something though, and that’s that everybody involved did a real stand-up job here. All of the programs involved, the parents and myself were in constant communication and knew the situation. It was a tough choice to make.”

As a junior, Thompson finished with 52 solo tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, and five sacks but did not receive the kind of media attention that his teammates Antonio North and Pat Slebonick had. Thompson broke out in a big way in 2004, tallying 102 tackles including 43 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks in 13 games (not including what he did in the state championship). He earned Washington Post defensive player of the year honors for his senior year performance.

“Many feel that Cordarrow is the most dominant defensive player in the state,” Cooke said. “As for a reason why he didn’t receive the attention early on, I can’t think of anything except that it’s tough for a defensive lineman to be showcased. The two offensive linemen kind of got in a groove and were receiving a lot of attention. I’m honestly not sure why Cordarrow didn’t receive the same. He’s by far a dominant defender.”