Barquell Rivers Selects Virginia Tech

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Anson County (N.C.) standout linebacker Barquell Rivers followed through and made a verbal commitment late this afternoon, just as Anson head coach Jody Grooms predicted to TSL earlier today. The decision? Rivers has chosen Virginia Tech over offers from Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State, among others.

“I committed to Virginia Tech,” the soft spoken Rivers told TSL. “Their defense stands out to me. When I visited there, it just jumped out to me. I liked the field house and the facilities they have there. It just seemed like a perfect fit.”

Rivers, who says he is now 6-0, 215 pounds, will be a four-year starter on the varsity level. He started as a freshman. As a junior last season, Rivers made 130 tackles and had three interceptions. He earned all-state honors at the linebacker position. He was named all-conference his sophomore and junior seasons.

Rivers joins Hunter Ovens as the second top linebacker recruit to pledge to the Tech program today. Rivers is being recruited for the Mike position, while Tech likes Ovens for the Backer spot.

“He’s very intelligent,” Anson County head coach Jody Grooms said of Rivers, who is Tech’s 23rd commitment for the 2007 recruiting class. “He called all our sets as a freshman linebacker. He plays downhill and plays well from sideline-to-sideline. He has all the tools. No matter where he plays, he’s just a football player. He’s one of those kids who is good at whatever he does.”

A good student, Rivers carries a 3.5 grade point average. He is not sure what he wants to major in at this point.

Rivers was recruited by Kevin Sherman, with whom Barquell says he has a “pretty good relationship.” The Anson standout is rated a 3-star prospect by and