Tech Looking to Add on to 2007 Class

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Virginia Tech has received a verbal from former Oakton (Vienna, VA) standout Ervin Garner . Garner, a 5-9, 165-pound prospect who played wide receiver, kick returner and defensive back for head coach Joe Thompson, graduated from Oakton earlier this month and is now awaiting word from Virginia Tech admissions.

“He just sent his application in,” Thompson said. “We’re still waiting. He wants it to happen. I think they want him in the second summer session, so I would think they’d want it done by the end of this week.

“We’re clear on the fact that we want this to happen. But it is not official until Virginia Tech says it is official.”

Virginia Tech coaches had been interested in Garner for a few months but did not have any scholarships available. When a spot opened up, the coaches decided to extend an offer.

“A lot of people were waiting on his academics,” Thompson explained. “He had some stuff fall through with Towson State. The more the year went on, the more Tech was interested. When Towson fell through, I called everybody I knew and some people I didn’t know. I called Coach Gray down at Tech. I asked him just to look at the film. I felt Ervin was too good a player not to go somewhere. He looked at it. The more they got to know Ervin, the better they felt about him. Rather than having him go to prep school, they decided to go ahead and offer.

“Tech’s coaches have been fantastic in this whole process. Coach Beamer and Coach Gray have really been great. I really think they have Ervin’s best interest in mind.”

In his senior season, Garner caught 31 receptions for 336 yards and three touchdowns. He earned first-team all-district honors at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. He also earned first-team all-Northern region wide receiver and kick returner and AP second-team all-state kick returner.

Where would Garner play at Virginia Tech?

“I think they are probably recruiting him at wide receiver,” Thompson said. “He was a 3-year starter