Martin Chooses Hokies

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Virginia Tech’s first commitment from the 2008 senior camp comes from 6-3, 235-pound tight end recruit Eric Martin . Martin, a standout out of Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, becomes the sixth rising high school senior to commit to the Hokies in the 2008 class.

Martin committed to Tech earlier today after receiving a full scholarship offer.

“Growing up, I always loved Tech,” said Martin, who received the offer shortly after camp. “Today, I had a chance to meet the coaches and they were great. I liked them all. I’m really excited.”

The Tech coaches were impressed with Martin’s recent performance at the Liberty Camp in Northern Virginia. He performed well again today, earning the official offer.

“The Virginia Tech coaches like what he did at the Liberty camp, but they wanted to see him again first hand to make sure before they offered,” Hylton head coach Lou Sorrentino said. “They liked what they saw today and they offered.

“From what they said after the Liberty camp, I think Eric was prepared for an offer. Virginia Tech was his dream school and he decided to take it.”

In his junior season, Martin caught eight passes for 123 yards and four touchdowns. Coach Sorrentino says his standout “is a very good blocker and he has good hands” at the tight end position, which is the position Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play.

Knowing his college destination, Martin looks forward to enjoying his senior season.

“I feel like a big weight is off my shoulders,” Martin said.

Will Alvarez…

Martin becomes the second Hylton standout in as many years to select Virginia Tech. Massive OL Will Alvarez signed with the Hokies in the 2007 class. There was concern about Alvarez’ academic standing, but things are looking brighter.

“I think we should know something on Will real soon,” Sorrentino said. “I’m much more optimistic now. I don’t want to guarantee that he is going to make it, but I think if he gets the grades he needs to get then he should be there.”

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