Devin Radford did indeed commit to Virginia Tech while visiting for Tech’s senior camp last weekend. Radford, a star running back/cornerback for E.E. Smith High School (Fayetteville, N.C.), visited Blacksburg with his parents and is a member of Tech’s 2006 class.
“He did commit to Virginia Tech,” E.E. Smith head coach Milton Butts said.
Coach Butts says Radford “goes about 5-9 or 5-10 and weighs 175 pounds.” When asked what his star athlete’s primary strengths were, he replied “Speed, without a doubt. He has another gear. He’s real quick. He has a 38-inch vertical. Like I said, he runs real well and he’s probably one of the top cover corners in the area. He’s also a running back and we’re going to do some things with him there, also.”
The 2005 conference champion in the 100 meters, Radford has the speed to contribute in several different areas. Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, are likely recruiting him as a cornerback. Offense isn’t totally out of the question, however.
“I think they’re recruiting him to play in the secondary, but I think they’ve told him they’ll give him the opportunity to run the ball if he wants to,” Butts said. “I think they’re really looking at him in the secondary, though.”
As a junior last season, Radford led his team in interceptions with five. He plays with an aggressive nature in the defensive backfield.
“I think a lot of times he’ll bait the quarterback into throwing the ball,” Butts said. “He’ll let the guy get open, the quarterback will throw it and he’ll go get it. We’ll fuss at him and fuss at him, but then he started making those picks so we left him alone (laughs).”
According to Butts, UNC, N.C. State, East Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia were also very interested in Radford. East Carolina had offered and “N.C. State told me they were going to offer,” Butts said.
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