Former Hermitage (Richmond, VA) LB/S Alonzo Tweedy will finally enroll at Virginia Tech. He enrolls this Saturday with classes beginning on Monday. Tweedy, who signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2007, is one of two grey-shirted prospects that delayed enrollment for one semester.
Despite not being in Blacksburg this past fall, Tweedy kept busy with his former football team. He worked closely with Hermitage’s defensive coordinator and attended some games. He also worked hard to improve his strength and conditioning before arriving at Tech.
Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane feels that Tweedy has and will continue to benefit from the grey-shirt.
“When he graduated high school, he was only 17 years old,” Kane said. “The extra time for his body to mature will be huge at the back end of his college career. That is the best benefit. Obviously, he has continued his training and that will help him. Believe it or not, it looks like he is taller. I haven’t measured him, but it looks like he has grown another inch. He has that extra time of physical maturity.”
6-2, 185 pounds as a senior, Tweedy, who played outside linebacker for Coach Kane, racked up 73 total tackles including 51 solo efforts, seven tackles for loss and two sacks in 2006. He added six forced fumbles. For his performance, Tweedy was a first-team All-Colonial District and second-team Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro selection.
“Virginia Tech wants to start him out at either the Rover or Whip,” Kane said. “Actually, Coach Cavanaugh was his main recruiter and will be his position coach. I think the thing that most people will be surprised about with Alonzo is his speed. He is approaching 6-2 1/2 or 6-3, which is great for someone that runs as well as he runs. And he likes to hit.”
Fellow 2007 signee Courtney Prince, a defensive lineman, is also expected to enroll this weekend. Edison WR Ben Barber, a high school senior this year, plans to enroll this month.
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