Hokies Offer Florida DE

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Virginia Tech is one of six schools to have offered 6-7, 242-pound defensive end/tight end prospect Earl Okine . A talented prospect out of Gainesville High School (FL), Okine says he captured Virginia Tech’s interest recently with his athleticism…athleticism he showed off at a Scout.com combine in Jacksonville last month.

“A day after the Scout.com combine, a coach from Virginia Tech sent me a text message,” said Okine, who ran a 4.8 40, a 4.4 in the shuttle and posted a 34-inch vertical leap at the combine. “The next thing I got was a scholarship offer.”

Okine has never visited Virginia Tech, but he is impressed with the program.

“I actually really like Virginia Tech because of the speed of their defense,” said Okine, who is being recruited by Tech as a defensive end. “I also like that their depth chart isn’t full of freshmen and sophomores.”

Arizona State, Central Florida, Florida International, Ole Miss and Purdue have also offered the talented athlete. Florida and Florida State are among the programs showing heavy interest, and these two programs in particular have Okine’s interest as well.

“I always grew up liking Florida State and Florida,” Okine said. “I’m pretty sure they are going to offer me.

“It’s not a definite that I’m going to stay in the state. I’m open to any college I’m comfortable with. I just want to feel like the place is a home away from home. I want to be comfortable with the players. I just want an all-around good feeling about the school.”

As a junior this past season, Okine, who primarily played defensive end but also saw time at defensive tackle, racked up 87 tackles including 10 sacks. He expects to play defensive end full time next season and will also play tight end on offense.

He has been starting since his sophomore year.

“Coaches like that my take off is fast,” Okine said. “My first step off the ball is pretty quick. I don’t have a problem getting around offensive linemen.”

Okine has not set any unofficial visits for the spring or summer, but he does plan to take some. He wants to make official visits as well before making a commitment.