Hokies Land 4-Star DE!

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Virginia Tech keeps racking up the standout defensive line recruits in the class of 2006. Before today, the Hokies had landed star defensive tackles Daryl Robertson and Budd Thacker as well as defensive ends Mike Gee and John Graves. Today, it added to the already impressive group of commitments.

Carteret (N.J.) 4-star defensive end Jason Adjepong , who had made official visits to Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, has become the fifth defensive line commitment of the 2006 class. He is the 15th prospect to commit overall.

“I’m going to Virginia Tech,” Adjepong said. “It was the perfect blend of everything for me. They have the #1 defense in the country. They have the best people. The people there have been great throughout. I loved my visit. I loved the players and the coaches. They are bringing in great people. It just felt like home.”

Adjepong made an unofficial visit to Blacksburg during last summer and came away with a great feeling. His official visit last month solidified Tech’s standing.

“The visit was just me and my coach,” Adjepong recalled of the unofficial trip. “There was no one there. Coach Rogers took me under his wing and Darryl Tapp took me under his wing and they both showed me some things. But I loved it when nobody was there. It seemed like a great place then, even though I didn’t know how it was socially. I had a blast socially on my official visit. Plus, it helps that I’m real cool with Mike Gee, Daryl Robertson, Doug Thacker and John Graves. I made my official visit with some of them and they are great guys.”

Adjepong has the size and athleticism Virginia Tech seeks in its defensive ends. At 6-3, 245 pounds, he runs just under a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. He earned AP first-team all-state honors at defensive end for his senior year performance, which included 107 total tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. He played a new position – middle linebacker – for most of the season while helping Carteret to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the playoff semifinals. He was named his county’s defensive player of the year.

An excellent student, Adjepong will easily qualify academically.