Thomas Stone Star LB Verbals to VT

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Thomas Stone High School (Waldorf, MD) star Nekos Brown pulled the trigger on a decision today, committing to Virginia Tech over Virginia. Brown, who goes 6-3, 225 pounds, is the seventh player to commit to the Hokies.

“The people were great at Virginia Tech and Blacksburg,” Brown said when asked why he chose the Hokies. “I had a great time this weekend and had a real nice experience. The players and the coaches are real down to earth people. Especially the coaches – they’ve been together for like eight or nine years. They have great stability.”

Brown thought there was a chance he could commit this weekend, but didn’t know for sure. His visit – he, along with his parents and younger brother (a rising junior ILB for Thomas Stone), arrived at Tech on Friday and left today – sealed the deal for the Hokies.

“I came down and I knew it was possible that I would commit,” Brown said. He also had offers from UVa and Akron. “But I had a better time than I expected.”

As a junior last season, Brown led the team with seven sacks and earned second-team all-conference honors. A versatile player, he played defensive tackle last season, middle linebacker as a sophomore and also plays tight end on offense. For Virginia Tech, he projects as a linebacker.

“They’re recruiting me as a mike linebacker,” Brown said. When asked if he could move to defensive line, Brown said “no. Linebacker is where I’m going to play. I played there my sophomore season. I played defensive line last year because we didn’t have any linemen at my school, but I’m a linebacker.”

In terms of his on-the-field abilities, Virginia Tech’s coaches liked “the fact that I like to get gritty. I like to get my nose dirty and I like to hit.”

Brown’s primary recruiter is Tony Ball. In addition to talking to Ball this weekend, he also spoke with coach Frank Beamer and spent time with current players Darryl Tapp and James Anderson.

Academically, Brown had some work to do in order to qualify but, after a successful summer school session, says “I’m on track to qualify.” He has scored an 18 on the ACT.

Commit Impact…

Brown’s commitment gives Tech its’ first linebacker recruit for the 2006 class. Tech would probably like to land 3-4 linebackers this year and are in great shape with several other top recruits – Navorro Bowman, Jarrell Miller and Matt Wright.