Hokies Going Out of State Early This Year

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Virginia Tech football recruiting is off to a fast start for the class of
2005. The Hokies have already picked up seven verbal commitments since July 3.
The interesting thing is that Tech, known for the ability to recruit inside the
borders of Virginia but not outside, has landed six players from out-of-state.

has gained commitments from OL Clark
(Ohio), LB Nekos
(Maryland), ATH Rashad
(Maryland), DE Mike
(New Jersey), WR Jacob
(North Carolina), ATH Devin
(North Carolina) and DT/OL Darryl
(Virginia). We’ve seen VT land players from out-of-state before,
but never this many this early.

Before this year and going back to the class of 2001, Virginia Tech has only
landed four early out-of-state commitments. To be clear, we define “early”
as anytime before August. For example, for the class of 2006, anyone that
commits before August of 2005 will count. For the class of 2005, anyone before
August of 2004.

VT received early commitments from Kenny Jefferson and Robert Norris from the
class of 2005, Antoine Rutherford from the class of 2002, and Kevin Hilton from
the class of 2001. Rutherford was from Florida, while the other three recruits
were from the state of Maryland.

So how in the world has the coaching staff managed to reverse their fortunes
thus far for the class of 2006? We’ve spoken to some trusted sources and come
up with some answers, as well as some more questions.

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