Athletic LB Commits to Tech

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Virginia Tech dipped into the state of Florida for its 22nd commitment of the 2007 recruiting class. Hunter Ovens, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker recruit out of Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, Florida, committed to head coach Frank Beamer this morning. Ovens is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com.

“He called coach Beamer this morning to tell him he was coming to Virginia Tech,” said Robert Ovens, who is Hunter’s father.

“We went up there for an unofficial visit for the spring game. Coach Beamer and coach Foster just made things so easy. Everything was so laid back. And coach Wiles kept in touch as much as he could have within NCAA regulations.”

Ovens, who claims offers from Clemson, Florida, Iowa and South Carolina among others, earned second-team all-state honors as a junior last season. He racked up 129 tackles including 10 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks. On offense, he rushed for close to 700 yards and scored a total of 17 touchdowns.

An outstanding baseball player, Ovens, an outfielder, has the talent to be a high draft pick in next year’s MLB Draft. He is rated the 21st best high school prospect in the 2007 class by Baseball America. Professional baseball remains an option for the Florida talent.

“If he gets drafted in the first two rounds, then he’s going to play baseball,” Robert Ovens said. “Coach Beamer knows this.”

Mr. Ovens believes his son is “pretty solid” in the decision to attend Tech. In fact, Ovens has already set his official visit to Virginia Tech for the weekend of the Georgia Tech game.

Ovens is being recruited by Tech for the Backer position.

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