VT in on Talented 2011 Defensive Duo

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In-state rising juniors Curtis Grant and Ronnie Vandyke each have multiple verbal offers at this point in the recruiting process. Virginia Tech is one of the schools that has verbally offered both prospects, who figure to be two of the state’s most highly recruited 2011 class prospects.

Grant a top linebacker prospect…

In 2007, Hermitage (Richmond, VA) made a big-time playoff run, capturing the Division 6, Central Region championship before falling to Woodbridge in the state semifinals. The 2007 playoffs was linebacker Curtis Grant ‘s first appearance on the varsity level and he made the most of the experience.

“Actually, [rising senior linebacker] Daryl Howell got hurt in the playoffs [in 2007],” Kane said. “It was in the first round, the year we won the regional championship. Daryl was hurt, so Curtis’ first time playing was in the first round of the playoffs. He did exceptionally well.

“During the season, if we ever needed someone to come up, we knew he would be somebody who would be ready to go. He jumped in the fire and made plays.”

Grant, now 6-3 and 220 pounds, kept the production coming in 2008, when as a sophomore he racked up 106 tackles including 20 tackles for loss and six sacks. College coaches have taken notice.

“Basically, what stands out about him is the fact that he has it all,” said Kane, who plays Grant as an inside linebacker. “He has size, speed, the range to cover a lot of ground… and he plays very physical.”

Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have verbally offered the Panthers star, who can begin receiving official scholarship offers at the beginning of his junior year. UVa is among the other programs expressing heavy interest.

Having seen numerous former Hermitage standouts move on to the college ranks, Grant knows what to expect out of the recruiting process.

“He is very mature,” Kane said. “We’re fortunate to have had kids get Division 1 offers before, so our younger kids see how the process works. They see coaches come through here every year. He has experience from that standpoint. He knows there will be a timeline to work through. He is excited that people are interested in him, but he is more