State’s Top Player Commits to VT

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For the second straight year, Virginia Tech has landed TechSideline.com’s #1 ranked player in the state of Virginia. Earlier this evening, Tech, led by primary recruiter Curt Newsome, scored a verbal commitment from 6-6, 315-pound Maury (Norfolk, VA) offensive lineman Vinston Painter.

Painter, a long-time Virginia Tech lean, committed to Curt Newsome, who was making an in-home visit with the Tidewater star.

“I just committed to Virginia Tech,” Painter said. “I’d been thinking about it for a while. I was just waiting for when Coach Newsome would come to my house. Today was the day. He was pretty excited about it.”

Painter had scholarship offers from programs all across the country before settling in on a final two – Miami and Virginia Tech – last month. He made official visits to both programs this fall, but in the end Virginia Tech was just the right fit.

“Virginia Tech has just about everything,” Painter said. “I like the team, the coaches, a couple of my old teammates are there, the fans love the players, the game atmosphere is great…it is all good. Location played a part, too.”

After informing Newsome of his decision, the Maury star spoke with head coach Frank Beamer over the phone.

“Coach Beamer said he was glad to have me and that he can’t wait to get me up there,” Painter said. “He said it is possible that my commitment could help lead them to getting some other guys…some skill position players.”

An AP Group AAA first-team all-state performer at left tackle in 2006, Painter likely projects as an offensive tackle at Virginia Tech but says that the staff is looking at him on offense and defense. TSL expects Painter to end up on the offensive line, giving the Hokies a third outstanding offensive line prospect in this class. North Carolina prep star Michael Via and Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) star Bobby Massie had already committed before today.

Adding to what has been a tremendous in-state class for the Hokies, Painter becomes the 17th player from the state of Virginia to commit to the Tech’s 2008 recruiting class.