Virginia Tech Set to Host Three Prospects

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Virginia Tech will host three official visitors this weekend, including one of its top overall targets from the state of Virginia. New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) defensive tackle/offensive lineman Nick Becton, Oviedo (FL) defensive lineman Dwight Tucker and Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) 4-star running back Ryan Williams are scheduled to be in Blacksburg over the weekend.

All three are top targets, but Ryan Williams is the big one. Ranked the #2 overall prospect in the state by, the 5-10, 205-pound Williams is an explosive and elusive back. He suffered through a nagging ankle injury this season, but when healthy he has outstanding potential as a home-run hitter on the college level. In 2007, he rushed for 867 yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games and accumulated over 4,000 yards on the ground in his high school career.

Virginia Tech is the second official visit destination for Williams, who is also seriously considering Boston College, Maryland and Rutgers. He made an official visit to Notre Dame in September, but the Irish don’t seem to be in the race any longer. Although Virginia Tech appears to be in good shape here, do not expect a commitment to come this weekend. At this point, Williams would like to check out a few of the other schools on his list and is currently eyeing the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5th as the place and time to announce his college choice.

6-6, 290-pound Nick Becton has only played high school football for two years. The fact that he will ultimately decide among offers from Alabama, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech gives you an idea of the potential college coaches see.

Becton made his first official visit last weekend to N.C. State. He has Penn State scheduled for next weekend and Alabama (01/11) and South Carolina (01/18) scheduled for next month. He has wanted to make all five of his official visits before coming to a decision and, at this point, I don’t expect that to change.

Becton has already visited Virginia Tech twice – once for camp and again for the home game versus Miami. He has had two great experiences so far, so the Tech coaches are hoping for the hat trick. Whenever the senior big man does choose a school, I personally see N.C. State and Virginia Tech