Midlothian Star Commits to Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech has scored its 10th commitment of the 2010 class and its third offensive line commit of the class. 6-3 1/2, 290-pound Midlothian (VA) standout Matt Arkema , ranked #23 in TSL’s In-State Top 30, pledged today while making an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech.

“I told Coach Newsome and Coach Cavanaugh, who were both there at the time, that Virginia Tech is the place I’d like to go,” said Arkema. “I had an idea coming in that this is what I would do, but everything went well and I decided to go ahead and do it. They were both very excited. I got a hug from both of them.”

East Carolina and Maryland headlined Arkema’s other scholarship offers, but in the end Tech won out for several reasons.

“For one, I felt my relationship with the coaches was good. I felt real comfortable with them,” Arkema said. “The fact that they are in-state is number two. A lot of people go there from my school. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble fitting in there.”

Projected as an interior lineman at Virginia Tech, Arkema, a two-year starter on the varsity level, earned first-team all-Dominion district honors, honorable mention all-region honors and honorable mention all-metro honors last season as a junior. He has seen action at tackle and guard in his high school career but played left guard last season and will play left guard again this upcoming season.

A quality student-athlete, he carries a 3.95 GPA and was named to the Dominion district all-academic squad last season.

“Virginia Tech liked the fact that I am a good student. I don’t have any off-the-field issues or anything like that. They also like my aggressive style and that I play to the whistle,” said Arkema, who could play guard or center at Virginia Tech.

Arkema is happy to be a part of the program he has been impressed with since the Spring Game in April. He had never visited Blacksburg before that event.

“I liked it a lot but didn’t have an offer then. When I got the offer, I was very