Tech Targets SC Star Corner

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After having success last year in the state of South Carolina, Virginia Tech is back for more for the 2006 class. The Hokies have offered several prospects in the state, including top cornerback recruit Byron Maxwell. Maxwell is a star at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston.

“He’s 6-2, 185-pounds,” Fort Dorchester Steve LaPrad said of Maxwell. “His speed is very good. He’s run a 4.4 and his field speed is probably a little bit quicker than that. Probably his biggest asset, which I know coach Wiles from up at Virginia Tech saw on film, is that he does extremely well in man-to-man coverage. And of course his speed and his height are big assets for him. And he’s got good hands and he’s a good athlete. He’s good in track. He does the 100 and the 200 for us in track. And we haven’t used him on the other side of the ball but we’re going to use him this year. We’ll use him some at tailback and wide receiver.”

LaPrad felt Maxwell could be a star early in Maxwell’s career.

“You knew the first time he covered somebody that he was special,” LaPrad said. “He just covers people like a glove. He’s so strong that when he jams people at the line of scrimmage they have a hard time getting off the line on him. That’s what the college coaches love. A lot of times you can find a fast kid but they aren’t physical enough to cover the wide receivers. That’s a big attribute for him because he’s got both. He got the speed and he’s got the strength.”

Maxwell showed his abilities the summer before last year, when he and some of his teammates trekked down to Clemson for a 7-on-7 competition. He left with a verbal offer from the Tigers. Maxwell now holds five official scholarship offers and is drawing serious attention from SEC and ACC schools.

“As far as offers, Clemson offered him when he was in the 10th grade,” LaPrad said. “We went there for 7-on-7 passing and he just shut everybody down. And Maryland’s offered him, Virginia Tech’s offered him, Louisville’s offered him. I believe Duke offered him the other day. That might be it as far as on the table offers. I spoke to the guy from Georgia, but they haven’t offered. He’s getting a lot of interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Florida. I know LSU has contacted him several times but I don’t think he’s going to go that far.”

Clemson has been reported elsewhere as a possible leader in this race. The Tigers are certainly in strong position, but Maxwell does