Virginia Tech Lands Talented DE

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Virginia Tech has secured another in-state recruit as Isaiah Hamlette , a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end recruit out of Brooke Point High School (Stafford, VA), has pledged to Virginia Tech. Hamlette told the Virginia Tech coaches of his decision this morning, committing to Tech over offers from Virginia and Wake Forest.

It was a tough decision for Hamlette, who visited all three of his favorites last month.

“I decided to go to Virginia Tech,” Hamlette said. “It’s a big relief. Now, I can just concentrate on school and football.”

Hamlette’s decision ultimately came down to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“I liked UVa a lot, but I couldn’t see myself going to school there,” Hamlette said. “I liked the football program, but I just felt more comfortable at the other places.

“I chose Virginia Tech because of all around being comfortable there. I have always been confident in what I can do and at Virginia Tech there is definitely a challenge to make a name in the program. Also, the campus and the facilities are real nice.”

As a junior last season, Hamlette tallied eight sacks from the defensive end position. He is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a defensive end, the position he impressed at in last month’s camp. Defensive end is a key need in Tech’s 2008 recruiting class.

“I’m very excited to play defensive end at Virginia Tech,” Hamlette said. “I just want to come in and give everything I can and more. I’ll do whatever I can to help the team. I’m excited to see how big I’m going to get once I’m in the program for a few years.

“Playing in the ACC will be a dream come true. I just remember sitting on the sidelines, watching my cousin (Chip Vaughn) play for Wake Forest. I watched him play in big games and now I’ll have the chance to do the same.”

Hamlette is the 13th rising senior to commit to the Hokies for the 2008 recruiting class. He actually made the decision last Wednesday, but couldn’t reach Coach Bud Foster (his primary recruiter) that day and then decided to wait until yesterday to commit. He wasn’t able to call last night, but did reach the coaches this morning.

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