Virginia Tech has struck again in the state of Virginia. This morning, Virginia Tech scored commitment #28 in the 2008 class, with twenty of the 28 verbal commitments hailing from the state of Virginia. Who is the latest member of this highly regarded recruiting class?
Well, in what is somewhat of a surprise given recent reports, Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Joe Jones verbally committed to the Tech coaches this morning.
“I decided. I committed to Virginia Tech,” Jones said.
In several reports this week, the 6-3, 245-pound standout indicated that Georgia Tech and perhaps even Maryland had the edge over the Hokies. But, after discussing the situation with his mother and with fellow Virginia Beach standouts such as Lyndell Gibson, Jones decided to make Blacksburg his home for the next four or five years.
“My mom can come and see me play and so can Coach [Shawn] Wilson and some of my other coaches,” Jones said. “I just thought about it and I thought that with everything included that Virginia Tech would probably be the best fit for me. The defense is good because it is a ranked defense. They also have pretty good coaches.”
A first-team all-Tidewater selection this past season, Jones accounted for 96 tackles including 28 tackles-for-loss and 17 sacks. He was one of the leaders on a Green Run squad that went 10-2 in 2007.
“I think Virginia Tech will be a great fit for him,” Green Run head coach Shawn Wilson said. “I think Joe has room to put a couple of pounds on him, too. I’m sure he will get bigger and stronger with the excellent weight program that Virginia Tech has. I think he will be in a good position at defensive end. I think it’ll work well. I see him becoming like a Chris Ellis-type.”
Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland and West Virginia offered Jones, who made official visits to U-Conn, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Maryland before coming to this decision. Curt Newsome was the lead recruiter for Virginia Tech.
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