As far as Virginia Tech’s coaches are concerned, there were two main players of interest at yesterday’s Hargrave Military Academy postgraduate football workout – defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye, a 6-2, 300-pound prospect who signed with Tech this past February, and Ben Finney, a 6-4, 210-pound uncommitted wide receiver.
Ajiboye, who was a senior last year at Banneker High School (College Park, GA), headed to HMA after falling just one point shy on the ACT of qualifying academically. He has received the score he needs, although he ended up qualifying on the SAT instead of the ACT.
“I was surprised I made it on the SAT,” Ajiboye said. “I did have a feeling I would make it, but I was concentrating on the ACT because I was so close before.
“The other players will say I went crazy when I got the score, but I’ll just say I was happy (laughs).”
So what’s next for Ajiboye?
“VT,” Ajiboye said. “I’m pretty excited. Everything is going to plan.”
Ajiboye talked with coach Bryan Stinespring yesterday and plans to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. He will enroll at Tech in January.
A number of coaches were seen talking to Ben Finney, who attended I.C. Norcom High School (Portsmouth, VA) as a senior last season. A wide receiver for HMA, Finney turned in a very good season for the Tigers.
“I feel I got better as the season went on,” said Finney, who played wide receiver, tight end and linebacker for Norcom. “I finished with seven touchdowns, which is good for this level. I feel it went good. I improved my routes, my form and controlling my body. A lot of little stuff.”
Finney claims two offers at this point. Virginia Tech has not yet offered, but coaches Bryan Stinespring and Kevin Sherman did talk to him yesterday.
“Kentucky, Marshall and V-Tech,” Finney answered when asked which programs were showing interest in him. “Kentucky and Marshall offered me. Virginia Tech said they would let me know something this week. I’ve got some film into them. And they’ve been talking about bringing me up for a visit soon.”
Finney, who says he is open to all schools, is interested in Virginia Tech. There is a connection from the 2007 recruiting class.
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