It was almost three weeks ago since E.E. Smith High School (Fayetteville, N.C.) star Devin Radford committed to Virginia Tech. We were able to catch up with Devin recently to talk about his decision and the first thing we learned is that Virginia Tech has been a favorite of Devin’s since his childhood.
“Yes, it was always one of the top schools I always wanted to go to since I was little,” Radford said. “I’ve always liked the offense.”
Radford decided to commit to the Hokies following a visit on the weekend of July 10th, which was the day of Virginia Tech’s senior camp. He had received an offer from Tech just a few days earlier and decided to head up to Blacksburg with his parents.
The campus, the facilities as well as the Tech coaches really sold Radford on the program. Charley Wiles is the primary recruiter.
“I really liked the fact that they had the historical sites that they had and how they remodeled the sports facilities,” Radford said. “I like the stadium. They’re doing reconstruction on it to make it bigger and I liked that. I really liked the coaches. I feel like they reminded me of the coaches we have back home. They reminded me of our coaches, so I knew I’d get along with them well.”
At Tech, Radford measured in at 5-9, around 180 pounds. Very fast, Radford placed first in his conference 100 meters championship and runs around a 4.4 or 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
“[The Virginia Tech coaches] like my speed and how I’m agile and can play different positions,” Radford said. “They like that I’m an athlete. At Tech, I could play special teams, receiver, corner or running back.”
Radford would prefer to play either running back or cornerback for the Hokies and believes he has the skills to play either.
“I like playing man at cornerback because you don’t have to cover a zone and can just play the man like you want to as long as you can cover him,” Radford said. He made five interceptions last season. “I know I’m fast enough to cover a lot of people and I can move with people quick enough, so it’s easy for me to guard them.
“As a running back, you have to be very aware out there and I think I’m very aware of everything going on. It comes naturally for me. I like to run with a lot of cuts – a lot of cutting back and juking and things like that.”
In the classroom, Radford carries a 2.9 grade point average. He recently took the SAT but has not received the scores.
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