Virginia Tech Recruiting Notes

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Hargrave Military Academy defensive back/running back D.J. Thomas, a former star at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland (VA), will not re-sign with Virginia Tech. The 5-9, 175-pound prospect originally signed with Tech last February and had planned to re-sign with the Hokies next month, but the two parties have decided to go their separate ways. Check out this “Recruiting Notes” segment for the latest on Thomas, Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Joe Jones and more.

According to Patrick Henry assistant coach Scott Brown, Thomas has done well in the classroom since arriving at Hargrave. Unfortunately, the talented prospect has yet to gain a qualifying SAT score, something that could have been the deal breaker with Virginia Tech.

“I think it boiled down to the fact that he doesn’t have a qualifying score on the SAT,” Brown said. “He is cutting it close and I think the Tech coaches got a little nervous. There is nothing negative to say. This is something that will end up being the best decision for both parties.”

Thomas, who plans to re-take the SAT once again this weekend, made an official visit to Marshall this month. There are other schools in contact as well.

“He took an official visit to Marshall and that went really well,” Brown said. “They were back at Hargrave this week or last to check up. A couple of MAC schools and schools from Conference USA are showing interest, but it is really late at this time. A lot depends on who has openings. We have our fingers crossed that this will be taken care of by Signing Day.”

TSL also checked in with Sumter (S.C.) head coach Paul Sorrells to find out the latest on Kendrick Pressley, who is also currently attending Hargrave. Unfortunately, Coach Sorrells wasn’t sure of the situation between Tech and the 6-0, 170-pound wide receiver/athlete. Since he didn’t know the exact details he preferred not to comment, so we’ll continue to try to reach Pressley or Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty for the latest.

Pressley signed with Virginia Tech in February of 2007