Cox (Virginia Beach, VA) standout Derek DiNardo , a first-team all-Tidewater selection in 2009, has accepted a recruited walk-on spot at Virginia Tech. The 6-1, 205-pound athlete informed the Tech coaches of his decision this morning, a few weeks after being offered the opportunity.
“The coaches seemed excited. They said, ‘Welcome to the family’,” DiNardo said.
DiNardo, whose sister attends Virginia Tech, also considered walk-on spots at Old Dominion and William & Mary. An offer from ODU and/or William & Mary may have come through eventually, but the Virginia Beach standout wanted a chance to play on the highest level.
A do-everything player for Cox, DiNardo started Rover for the past three seasons and at quarterback for the past season-and-a-half. He also returns punts and serves as the punter. The 2009 Beach District Offensive Player of the Year, he rushed for 921 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in a triple option threat. He racked up 36 tackles including seven tackles for loss on defense, which is where he is being recruited to play.
“The Tech coaches originally said I could choose whatever position I wanted to play,” DiNardo said. “But the last time we talked, they said they were probably looking at me at Rover or outside linebacker, which is what I played in high school.”
Ideally, DiNardo hopes enjoy the success Cody Grimm enjoyed in his Tech career.
“That’d be the dream plan, I guess,” DiNardo said. “I’m going to be red-shirted my freshman year. I’ll get big and catch up with the speed at Virginia Tech.”
DiNardo had hoped to take an official visit to his future school this weekend, but the trip has been cancelled due to the weather. He’ll likely return for the Spring Game.
“I’ve been down there before. I’ve been to a lot of football games. The atmosphere there is crazy,” DiNardo said.
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