Starmount (N.C.) Forward Commits to Hokies!

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Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg picked up his first verbal commitment for the 2008 recruiting class today, when a standout 6-8, 230-pound power forward pledged to the Hokies. The prospect is rated a 4-star recruit by and a 3-star recruit by

His name is Victor Davila , a star prospect out of Starmount High School in Boonville, North Carolina.

“He talked to Coach Greenberg this afternoon and told him,” said Donnie Livengood, Davila’s legal guardian. “This is something we had finalized recently, but we hadn’t told many people.

“About a month ago, he narrowed his list down to five. We saw so many good, professional coaches and so many good schools. This has really been a privilege. We sat down together and talked about it last week and decided it would be Virginia Tech. He likes it and we all feel this is the best situation. We all agreed.”

Davila (pronounced Dah-vee-lah) chose Virginia Tech over Charlotte, Clemson, Iowa State and Wake Forest. There were many reasons why the Hokies won out.

“We have been up there for a visit,” said Livengood, who added that Davila will return to Tech for an official visit on September 28th. “Victor liked the campus. Coach Greenberg and Coach Palmore have been recruiting him for about three years on and off. The academic support program up there is great. Not to take anything away from anyone else, but Virginia Tech’s program is great. Victor felt comfortable with the academic advisor. After all, he is going there to get an education first.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Davila moved to the United States the summer before his freshman year. The Livengoods took him in and eventually became his legal guardians.

“He came here for a better opportunity,” Livengood said.

Donnie Livengood teaches the 8th grade and is the head basketball coach at a middle school close by. A coach for 30-plus years, he provided a scouting report on Virginia Tech’s newest commitment.

“He is a great post player,” Livengood said of Davila. “He has some good back-to-the-basket moves. As a junior last year, he averaged