Virginia Tech Scores Another In-State Star

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Virginia Tech is on a recruiting roll. Its latest commitment came this morning, when a talented in-state linebacker prospect pledged to the Hokies over offers from Boston College, Maryland and West Virginia. Tech now boasts 15 commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, including three potential linebacker prospects.

“Brian called Coach Beamer this morning, and he committed,” Robinson (Fairfax, VA) head coach Mark Bendorf said, referring to 6-3 1/2, 205-pound rising senior linebacker Brian Laiti , who is ranked #9 in TSL’s In-State Top 30.

Laiti, who has never put a timetable on his recruitment, just felt the time was right.

“I went home last night, talked it over with my family and made the decision,” Laiti told earlier this morning.

“Virginia Tech is a great program. It is a great school. It felt like a good fit. Bud Foster is a great coach and I’ve gotten to know him. He runs a good defense. And we’ve had some players go there before and enjoy it.”

Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster also served as Laiti’s primary recruiter, something the Robinson star called “a big positive.” He is being recruited as a linebacker, likely the Backer position, in Foster’s defense.

“I don’t care where I play as long as I’m out there and can play ball,” Laiti said.

Laiti has visited Virginia Tech three times, including for the Prospect Day on February 28th. He also had been to Maryland three times, two of which were unofficial visits, and West Virginia before making a verbal commitment to the in-state school. Having now come to a decision, Laiti can now focus on his senior season.

“I’m happy to have made my decision,” a relieved-sounding Laiti said.

One of the most productive players in the state, Laiti amassed 147 tackles including five sacks last season as a junior. He has worked to improve his speed and quickness and feels he has done so, which could be a bad sign for Rams opponents in 2009.

“Brian desperately wants to win next season,” said Bendorf, who has had Laiti as a starting linebacker each of the past two seasons. “Brian has been conscientious about being at all of our workouts and keeping up with running