One of the most impressive performers at Tech’s camp, 6-4, 220-pound Bethel (Hampton, VA) defensive end James Gayle left Blacksburg on Saturday with a scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer. Virginia Tech is the latest program to offer the talented athlete, who also boasts offers from Central Florida, East Carolina, Marshall, N.C. State, Purdue and Syracuse, among others.
“It means a lot,” Gayle said, referring to the Virginia Tech offer. “Right now, they are at the top of my list as far as colleges I want to go to.”
Gayle discussed what makes Virginia Tech stand out above the rest.
“I guess because the defense is ranked in the top five in the nation and I have heard they have one of the better defenses in the country,” Gayle said. “The academics are also top of the line.”
A decision is not expected to come too soon, as Gayle says he “probably will take a couple of official visits” before he makes his college choice. He also hopes to make an unofficial visit to Ohio State, which is where his father and uncle played college football.
At this point, Gayle does not feel any pressure to commit even with Tech’s limited scholarship count.
“They said I can pretty much take my time, but they also said they don’t have many scholarships to give in this class,” Gayle said.
As a junior last season, Gayle racked up 56 solo tackles including 10 sacks. Speed – he ran a 4.59 in the 40 on Saturday – and overall athleticism are certainly major positives in his game, but Gayle also has the determination to make plays.
“My motor keeps going throughout the whole game,” said Gayle, who, after turning in consistenly good camp performances this summer, is eyeing a big senior season.