Manchester Star OL Makes Decision

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The commitments just don’t stop for the Virginia Tech Hokies – especially along the offensive line. Manchester (Midlothian, VA) OL Khalil Latif, who is rated the #13 player in the state by, decided to join the party today when he committed to Tech. The 6-3, 290-pound Latif is the fifth offensive line recruit to commit to Virginia Tech in the 2007 recruiting class.

“He’s heading to Virginia Tech,” Manchester head coach Tom Hall said. Latif made his first ever visit to Tech this past Friday. “I think it was always in the back of his mind. When he visited there on Friday, he just felt at home. He felt the most comfortable there. Also, they are building one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The facilities are second to none. His friend John Graves goes there, so I think that had something to do with it as well.

“Khalil called me late Friday night after his visit and said that’s where he wanted to go.”

Latif, who coach Hall calls “the best offensive lineman I’ve seen in a long time”, plays offensive tackle for the Lancers but is being recruited by Tech as an offensive guard. As a junior last season, he finished with 80 pancake blocks and earned first-team all-metro honors. This off-season, he is up to a “solid 290 pounds” according to his coach and can now bench press over 400 pounds.

“He’s looking real good,” Hall said. “He’s running good. He’s just looking good heading into this season.”

Latif had success against some of central Virginia’s top talents last season. Most notably, he performed well against current Tech freshman and then Meadowbrook star defensive end John Graves.

“He played against John Graves last year and Graves came up to him after the game and told him he was the best lineman he had ever played against,” Hall said in an earlier interview. “Khalil came into last season as an unknown and left being a player everyone knows about.”

Latif is the 18th player to commit to the Hokies for the 2007 recruiting class. His commitment gives the Hokies yet another top in-state talent at offensive line, as he joins Hylton’s Will Alvarez, Denbigh’s Jaymes Brooks and Clover Hill’s Blake DeChristopher. Alvarez and DeChristopher are projected as offensive tackles while Brooks and Latif are projected as offensive guards.