All-State Safety Pledges to VT

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6-2, 184-pound Jeron Gouveia has been a productive performer each of the past two seasons at Stone Bridge High School (Ashburn, VA). An AP first-team all-state selection at safety his junior season, he finished the year with 76 “first hits”, 19 assisted tackles, four interceptions and three fumbles. Yesterday, the talented star racked up something else – an offer from Virginia Tech, which he was quick to accept.

“He committed yesterday,” Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson said. “He kind of knew an offer was coming, so he had plenty of time to think about it. Virginia Tech was the school he always wanted to go to. If you already know where you want to go, why mess around when you get the offer?”

Gouveia chose Virginia Tech over an offer from Stanford. He is being recruited by the Hokies as a safety, but the Tech staff also feels that Gouveia has the ability and the versatility to switch positions if necessary.

Heading into the off-season, there was little doubt about Gouveia’s ability as a football player. The main question in the minds of 1A coaches was speed. The Stone Bridge standout ran in the mid-4.7 range in the 40 last fall, but he has improved significantly.

“He ran a laser-timed 4.62 at a combine this spring,” Thompson said. “The second phase was this month, at Liberty High School. Coach [Torrian] Gray couldn’t go to the testing part, but he was at the second phase. He got to see the results of the tests and he saw one-on-ones. Virginia Tech jumped on Jeron from there.”

The son of former Washington Redskins linebacker Kurt Gouveia, Jeron becomes Virginia Tech’s fourth verbal commitment from a rising high school senior. He joins fellow in-state recruits Austin Fuller and Derrick McCoy as well as Myrtle Beach LB Bruce Taylor.

“The main thing he brings is a toughness and an attitude,” Thompson said of Gouveia. “He’s not just a cover guy, although he can cover routes. He comes up and makes a big tackle. Around here, he’s known as a big hitter. He doesn’t just make leg tackles…he’ll come up and hit.”

Stay tuned for more from Jeron on his commitment to Virginia Tech.