VT Gains Top Florida Defensive End

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Nease (Ponte Vedra, FL) defensive end prospect Matt Roth made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech last Thursday. The visit, the 6-3, 230-pound rising senior’s first and only visit to Blacksburg, was all Tech needed to secure its seventh commitment in the 2011 class.

“I got to see all the facilities and everything they are doing for the future with the upgrades,” Roth said, recalling last Thursday’s visit. “I really only knew the football success Virginia Tech has had before the visit. I got to meet the coaches and just had a great visit. Coach Beamer has had a great career.”

Duke, Michigan State, Purdue, South Carolina and West Virginia had also offered Roth, who feels he has found the right fit academically and athletically at Virginia Tech.

“I had a really great visit at Virginia Tech,” Roth said. “It is a top program in the country. They win every year. It has one of the best construction programs in the country, which is big for me. That’s what I want to do after football. I just felt like part of the family there.”

Primary recruiter Charley Wiles is well known by the Nease football coaches. That’s how the recruitment began, but it was Roth’s junior season highlight film that truly sparked Tech’s interest. Roth is being recruited to play defensive end, the position where he racked up 88 tackles with 27 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks last season.

“Matt’s a great effort guy,” Nease Associate Head Coach David San Juan said. “He is a tremendously talented guy, too. From the defensive end position, he is a great natural pass rusher with tremendous burst and get off. He uses his hands even better. He finishes plays. Finishing plays is probably his strongest attribute. He is a great finisher. He is very versatile. He is a kid you can use in a number of different ways. He is a great kid and a great family kid. We’re looking for huge things from him again this year.”

Roth transferred to Nease from California before his junior year, so this past year was his