Top Camp Performer Commits to Tech

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One of the more impressive performers at Virginia Tech’s July senior camp has decided to commit to the Hokies. Bethel (Hampton, VA) defensive end James Gayle , who posted a 4.59 time in the 40 among other highlights at Tech’s camp earlier this month, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Hokies.

The 6-4, 220-pound Gayle chose Tech over offers from Central Florida, East Carolina, N.C. State, Purdue and Syracuse. He informed Jim Cavanaugh of his decision earlier today.

“I called Coach Cavanaugh and told him I’d like to play for Virginia Tech,” Gayle said. “He was really excited.”

As a result of his standout performance at camp, Gayle left Blacksburg on July 12th with an offer from the Hokies. He was excited about the offer then and certainly remained so almost two weeks after the fact.

“The day I got the offer I told my father I wanted to commit to Virginia Tech, but he wanted me to wait and think about it longer,” Gayle recalled. “I was thinking about it again today and went ahead and did it.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play football [on the next level]. Some schools wanted me to play outside linebacker, but I really like defensive end. I’m really satisfied that Tech wants me as a defensive end. Virginia Tech is known for defensive ends, so I’m positive Coach Wiles knows what he is doing.”

Gayle admits that he didn’t plan to make an early commitment. Actually, he originally considered taking all five official visits before coming up with a commitment. The experience at Tech earlier this month really changed his tune, though, and he was sold on the Hokies.

“I really liked the campus and how everything was real close together,” Gayle answered when asked what really stood out about his experience at Tech’s camp. “The dorms, the athletic facilities, academic buildings and the football field are all within walking distance. I really liked that.”

Gayle will not be the only member of his family to have played college football. His father and uncle both played for Ohio State.

“My dad will have to change his license plates,” Gayle said with a laugh.

As a junior last season, Gayle registered 56 solo tackles including 10 sacks. He helped Bethel to a 10-2 record, something he feels the team can improve upon in 2008.