Florida QB’s Commitment Wraps Up Big Day for VT

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Today has turned into a banner day for Virginia Tech’s football program, which has added a third top rising senior prospect to its 2010 football recruiting class. Moreover, head coach Frank Beamer and company have scored a second top quarterback recruit after securing a commitment from Ricardo Young.

Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal became the latest rising senior to pledge to Virginia Tech, doing so earlier this evening. He becomes the seventh prospect to commit to Tech’s 2010 class.

“Earlier today, I talked to my head coach and we were talking about the situation,” Leal said. “Then, I talked to my parents. I felt this was a good time to commit. I just had a feeling. I called Coach Wiles earlier and let him know I was verbally committing. He was really excited. He said he was really happy that I was committing.”

Leal pledged to the Hokies despite having never visited the campus. He is scheduled to visit Tech for the first time ever on the weekend of July 11th, but for now he felt comfortable enough to go ahead with a commitment.

Virginia Tech has been at the top of Leal’s list since offering in March.

“Virginia Tech has a great program. I’ve always been a Virginia Tech fan and I have a teammate going there,” said Leal, who also had been offered by Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. “Early on, I’ve built really good relationships with the coaches. I call them frequently and I’ve done my research. All the people I know who went to Virginia Tech loved it. I had a lot of different sources. The situation at quarterback, having the chance to compete and maybe be a starter early on in my career, it is a perfect situation for me.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, has been upfront with Leal about its plans for recruiting the quarterback position in 2010. With only two scholarship players projected on the roster in 2010 (including Tyrod Taylor and Ju-Ju Clayton and assuming Marcus Davis stays at receiver), the quarterback position was a major need for the Hokies. After today, Tech