Hermitage Notes

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Virginia Tech has enjoyed success in recruiting Patrick Kane’s Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) football program, most recently landing safety/wide receiver Theron Norman and defensive end Duan Perez-Means in the 2009 class. Coach Kane updates the happenings with the Tech’s latest Hermitage recruits and provides other notes from his program, including information on one of the state’s top rising juniors.

Checking in on Tech’s 2009 class signees…

Norman and Perez-Means endured difficult senior season’s, with Norman playing through a hamstring injury and Perez-Means missing five games due to a high ankle sprain. That didn’t stop the senior duo from playing hard whenever they took the field and they helped the Panthers to a Colonial district title in 2008.

“It shows the character of those guys to come back and play hard,” Kane said.

The 6-3, 185-pound Norman was recently cleared medically to workout fully. Like Perez-Means, he is now busy preparing for his freshman year at Virginia Tech.

“They are up early, working out and getting ready for Division 1 football,” said Kane, who added that both prospects have met academic qualification levels. “Neither is playing any other sports this spring.”

Norman will begin his Virginia Tech football career at free safety, the position he played so well these past three seasons under Coach Kane. Wide receiver, Norman’s other starting spot in high school, could be a possibility as well down the road.

“It’s hard to find a 6-3, almost 6-4, player who can run like he can to play safety,” said Kane. “The general thought is that he will play safety there and I think he’ll be a good one for Coach Foster.”

The 6-4 Perez-Means, a VHSCA Group AAA first-team all-state selection at tight end despite missing a large portion of his senior season, is designated for defensive end under Bud Foster. He has bulked up in recent months, already adding 15 pounds this off-season as he hopes to get bigger and stronger before arriving in Blacksburg.

“Duan is starting to fill out,” Kane said. “He weighed in at 235 pounds the other day. He is starting to mature physically. I’ll be interested to see how big he can get. He has a good frame and he is a hard worker. Where he plays will depend on how big he gets.”

One of the more versatile players in the Commonwealth’s 2009 class, Perez-Means saw action at defensive end, linebacker, tight end and wide receiver in high school.

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