Florida DT Commits to Hokies

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A day after landing one of the state of Virginia’s most coveted recruits, Virginia Tech went to Florida to land its 24th commitment of the 2008 class. Earlier today, Oviedo High School defensive lineman Dwight Tucker informed the Tech coaches of his decision to commit to the Hokies.

“I committed today to Virginia Tech,” Tucker said. “It feels good to have made the decision. I’m looking forward to playing some football at Virginia Tech. I think I can play early and that was a main thing for me.”

Tucker, a 6-2, 275-pound prospect, made an official visit to Tech on December 8th and had originally planned to make an official visit to Tennessee next weekend before making a decision. He will not make the trip to Knoxville.

“Tennessee was having some coaching staff problems and I didn’t want to deal with that,” Tucker said.

The Sunshine state star’s comfort level with Virginia Tech’s coaches was another major factor in his choice.

“I like how they stay in touch with you. They have called every week, and they gave me time to think about my decision and to look at other schools,” said Tucker, whose primary recruiter from Tech is Torrian Gray.

As a junior in 2006, Tucker started at linebacker at Oviedo. He added about 30 pounds in the off-season prior to his senior year and was moved to defensive line. He played well, earning a spot in the Central Florida all-star game.

“We lost that game, but I thought I played pretty well,” Tucker said.

Tucker, who expects to enroll at Virginia Tech this summer, expects to start out at defensive tackle in Bud Foster’s defense.

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