Virginia Tech’s success in the Tidewater region continued today, when Hampton (VA) linebacker/defensive end Tyrel Wilson pledged to the Hokies. Wilson, a VHSCA first-team all-state performer last season as a junior, verbally committed this morning according to Crabbers head coach Mike Smith.
“He has committed [to Virginia Tech],” Smith told TechSideline.com this afternoon.
“Virginia Tech has probably been on him since his sophomore year. He is an outstanding player. He has been a starter for us since the ninth grade. He played really well when he was a freshman. He is a top notch kid.”
At 6-3, 215-pound, Wilson has played most of his Hampton career at defensive end. This season, however, Coach Smith moved the athletic prospect to an inside linebacker spot. So far this season, Wilson has helped the Crabbers to a 3-0 record including back-to-back shutouts.
“He is playing linebacker this year and he is a great one,” Smith said. “After our scrimmages and a few games, he is beginning to get real comfortable there. He is making plays. He has got good size and great speed. He is an intelligent player.”
Wilson chose Virginia Tech over Tennessee, which is where his father, James, played college football. The recruiting job of Curt Newsome may have put Tech over the edge in the end.
“Virginia Tech’s coaches – in particular, Coach Newsome – had a really good and open line of communication with him,” Smith said. “Tyrel felt he would have someone in Coach Newsome who would make sure he did everything right to be a part of the program. He liked Tech and the things they do.”
Coach Smith expects Wilson to enroll next summer as opposed to being a gray-shirt candidate. Academically, Wilson needs a qualifying score on the standardized test but qualifying is not expected to be an issue.
“He’ll make that,” Smith said. “I don’t think that’ll be a problem.”
Wilson becomes Virginia Tech’s 14th commitment for the 2009 class and is the third commitment out of the Tidewater region. In 2008, Virginia Tech signed eight prospects from out of the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area.
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