South County (Lorton, VA) star rising senior Ronny Vandyke has yet to visit Virginia Tech since he committed in late February, but that is expected to change this weekend. Vandyke, a 6-3, 200-pound safety/linebacker prospect, will be in attendance for Saturday’s one-day camp. He won’t be participating, but he’ll be there in support of his brother, Devin, who will.
“Going back there, I’m excited to talk to the coaches again,” said Vandyke, who committed at Virginia Tech’s Prospect Day on February 27. “This will be the first time I’ve been there after I committed. I also want to see if any other committed kids in my class are going to be there, so I can get to know them.”
Ronny scored a verbal scholarship offer from Virginia Tech before the end of his sophomore year and, despite missing the entire 2009 season due to a shoulder injury, received close to 10 official scholarship offers before picking the Hokies. For Ronny, the recruiting process was fairly easy.
“Getting offered early helped me out a lot,” he said. “You usually have to go to camps to get looks, but getting offers before my sophomore year was over gave me good options early.”
Vandyke didn’t hit the camp and combine circuit the summer before his junior year, but he has gone along for the ride as his brother looks to gain more exposure.
“He is trying to get his name out there,” Ronny said of Devin. “He has been to UVa. It’s kind of cool because I never got to go to camps. I just try to give him advice. I tell him not to get too big-headed about anything.”
Devin “is in the 2012 class,” Ronny said. “He plays Backer for us and I think they’ll put him at linebacker this weekend. He is about 6-0 or 6-1. He can play.”
Not yet officially cleared to play this upcoming season, Vandyke is feeling “good” and fully expects to be cleared on July 28, when he goes in for another check-up. He has been given the go-ahead to lift weights, something he has done since May, and participate in conditioning workouts.
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