Virginia Tech has had success in recruiting central Virginia’s Dominion district over the past several years, scoring former Manchester star defensive lineman Khalil Latif and Clover Hill offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher in the 2007 class. Tech has offered another Dominion district lineman in the 2010 class, this time heading to Midlothian High School.
6-3, 290-pound lineman Matt Arkema , a first-team all-district selection in 2008, was offered by the Hokies during the May Evaluation period. He has seen action at tackle and guard in high school, but he projects as a guard or center on the college level.
“I’m definitely an interior guy,” Arkema said. “My strength is my aggressiveness. I don’t stop until the whistle blows. I like to run-block a lot. What I need to improve on is my pass-blocking. And I’d like to be a better leader as well as improve my strength and speed.”
Virginia Tech is certainly not the only offer for the Trojans star, who also boasts written offers from Buffalo, East Carolina, Maryland, Navy, Ohio and the University of Richmond.
“It has gone really well,” Arkema said of his recruitment. “I’m thrilled with some of the offers I got recently. I’m happy with all of the offers I’ve got. I’m looking forward to taking visits to schools, learning more about the ones I’ve visited before and seeing stuff I haven’t seen before. I’m going to talk with players and find out as much as I can.”
Arkema has visited Blacksburg twice this year and is impressed by the Virginia Tech program and coaches. His primary recruiter is Jim Cavanaugh, who recruits the Richmond area, but he has also gotten to know offensive line coach Curt Newsome.
“I went [to Virginia Tech] in April, which was the first time I was up there, and it was really cool,” Arkema said. “I got to meet all the coaches for the first time. I had a good conversation with them about what they like. I got to meet the players and watch practice. I like all the coaches. I like Coach Newsome. It was cool to sit down and talk with him.
“The second time I went up for the Spring Game. It was the same deal there. I talked with the coaches and everything.”
Arkema, a good student, is also impressed...
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