In-State Star Commits to Hokies!

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Virginia Tech started March off in style, landing its second commitment for the class of 2008. The commitment comes from a talented in-state athlete who helped his team to a Group AA, Division 4 state championship this past season.

The commitment is from 6-3, 210-pound Amherst High School star Derrick McCoy.

“He committed to Tech this morning,” Amherst head coach Scott Abell said.

“Tech was the first one to offer him and he knew that’s where he wanted to go. Tech is a program that Derrick’s very familiar with. Tech has done a great job with Amherst kids (including current Hokie defensive tackle Barry Booker), and that plays a role. Kids recognize when other kids in the community have gone to a place and been successful. We take our kids to Tech’s camp every year, so Derrick had an early look at the program. When it came down to it, I think it was an easy decision for Derrick.”

Virginia Tech was the first and only offer for McCoy, who received his official offer from the Hokies around Signing Day. Coach Abell expected his star to receive many more offers had the decision-making process been extended.

“There was a ton of recruiting going on for Derrick,” Abell said. “Florida was in the process of recruiting him. Had he waited another month or so, I’m sure the offers were coming. He is a phenomenal young man and a phenomenal athlete.”

McCoy averaged around 30 yards per catch and totaled 800 yards receiving and nine touchdowns his junior season. A starter at outside linebacker as well, he made seven sacks and had two interceptions in 2006.

Exactly where McCoy will end up on the next level is a question at this point.

“It is probably still up in the air,” Abell said of what position McCoy will play at Virginia Tech. “To be honest, I think he could help on either side of the ball. Right now, I think he could do either one. He is a big, physical receiver who is extremely fast, especially on our level. If he cuts another tenth off of his 40 time, I think his potential at wide receiver would be unlimited.”

McCoy is Virginia Tech’s second high school standout to commit for the 2008 class. Two more prospects – RB D.J. Thomas and WR Kendrick Pressley – signed with Tech last month but are expected to go to prep school for a year and re-sign next February.

TSL’s take…

McCoy is a very