Football Recruiting Notes

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New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) DT/OL Ryan Williams each made their respective official visits to Virginia Tech over the weekend. By all accounts, all three official visits went very well despite no commitments being made.

TSL was not able to reach any of the three prospects for comments but did catch up with the mother of 6-6, 290-pound Nick Becton. Shortly after returning home, Nick learned that he had been selected to play in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl next Saturday. Busy packing to head to the Shrine Bowl headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Becton was unavailable for comment. (The Shrine Bowl is a week-long event. The kids arrive the weekend before the game, stay for an entire week and then play the game on Saturday.)

What we do know about Becton is that he will have to cancel an official visit to Penn State that had previously been set for the weekend of December 15th. With a recruiting dead period looming on December 17th and lasting through early January, he will not have a chance to make any more official visits until next month. At this point, Becton has only made official visits to N.C. State and Virginia Tech. While nothing is set, I would not be surprised if he went ahead and made a decision between these two programs.

I also caught up briefly with 6-2, 275-pound Dwight Tucker, who could not talk because he had to catch a flight home. Florida (no offer) and Tennessee are the other two schools in contention for his signature.

I was not able to reach Williams or Stonewall Jackson head coach Loren Johnson for comments. Besides Virginia Tech, Williams is also considering Boston College, Rutgers and Maryland. He is expected to announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5th.

Stay tuned for more this week on all three of Virginia Tech’s official visitors.

State championship games…

Four out of five of Virginia Tech’s commitments came away with state championship trophies this past weekend.

6-2, 185-pound safety Jeron Gouveia recorded seven tackles and made two interceptions in helping Stone Bridge capture the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship with a dominating 38-0 win over Potomac on Saturday. Junior offensive/defensive lineman David Wang, another Virginia Tech commit, also plays for Stone Bridge.

QB/DB Derrick McCoy helped Amherst capture its second consecutive state