Vandyke Anxious To Return To The Field

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Next week could be the week for South County (Lorton, VA) rising senior Ronny Vandyke , a 6-3, 198-pound safety/linebacker prospect. Next week – specifically, May 5 – is when the Virginia Tech commit hopes to gain full clearance by doctors to resume weight training. The South County star missed the entire 2009 season due to a shoulder injury and subsequently had surgery to repair the injury.

“I’m feeling really good. I’m just ready to get back on the field in August,” said Vandyke, who has been doing leg lifts and conditioning while awaiting medical clearance. “Missing my junior year, I’m just hungry to get back on the field.”

Despite missing its best player, the Stallions finished with a 7-5 overall record in 2009 and alleviated Vandyke’s biggest concern.

“I wasn’t really worried about my injury affecting my recruiting. I knew not playing my junior year would hurt, but not that much,” Vandyke said. “I was just really worried about the team and how we were going to do that year and who was going to replace me, but we ended up doing okay.”

Vandyke’s recruitment wasn’t affected much, as he had eight official scholarship offers at the time he committed to Virginia Tech on February 27. Virginia Tech’s coaches actually verbally offered the big-time prospect last winter, when Vandyke attended another Hokies Prospect Day as a sophomore.

Vandyke didn’t grow up a die-hard Virginia Tech fan, but “I was interested in them,” he said. He knew, though, that he wanted to commit to Frank Beamer and company prior to the February 27 visit.

“I went with my mom and my dad and we just got in a parked area and talked about it,” Vandyke recalled. “All three of us were comfortable about committing to Virginia Tech. We all agreed on it and then we let Coach Foster know and then told the rest of the coaching staff. They were all pleased and happy. I was really nervous when I let Coach Foster know, but after