VT’s Total Package Impressed Farrow

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Cornerback prospect James Farrow admitted that Virginia Tech was “kind of my unofficial leader” prior to last Thursday’s visit to Blacksburg. Still, the 6-0, 170-pound Minnetonka (MN) standout didn’t plan on verbally committing to the Hokies while on the trip. That’s just what happened, though, and Virginia Tech scored commitment 11 in its 2011 recruiting class.

“I wasn’t planning on committing on the visit, but I’m confident in my decision. I felt comfortable there. I kind of went with my gut feeling,” Farrow said.

“I’m 100-percent committed. I feel great about it.”

Virginia Tech came through with an official offer for Farrow in July, joining other FBS programs such as Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and West Virginia. Tech’s winning tradition immediately stood out to the Minnesota rising senior.

“The first thing, of course, is that they win ball games. Coach Beamer has won a lot of games there,” Farrow said. “Also, they put out very good defensive backs. They are known for their defense as well as special teams.”

On Thursday, Farrow, accompanied by his godmother, toured the campus, met with a professor, watched a practice and spoke with the coaches. Throughout the day, he consulted his family about the possibility of attending Virginia Tech.

“I called my dad and my god-brother,” Farrow said. “My godmother was there with me. She sat in all of the meetings with me. She got the full experience. I waited to commit until after practice because I wanted to see how Coach Gray was in action. I wanted to see if I was comfortable with his style. After practice, I told my godmother and then I told Coach Beamer that I wanted to commit.”

Farrow called Minnetonka head coach Dave Nelson for advice as well.

“Obviously, I wanted to ask my coach about some things,” Farrow recalled. “He encouraged it. He said if I felt like it was a good spot for me I should commit. He told me he respects Coach Beamer as a head coach. He just told me to make sure I felt comfortable with the people.”

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, who also served as Farrow’s primary recruiter, impressed the talented prospect during practice.

“Coach Gray is meticulous