Virginia Tech added to its 2011 class this week, when 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver Kevin Asante accepted a scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer. N.C. State, Pitt and West Virginia also expressed interest in Asante, a product out of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I chose Virginia Tech because I love the atmosphere, the coaching staff and the players. I think I fit in with them,” said Asante, who informed primary recruiter Kevin Sherman of his intentions earlier this week. He plans to speak with head coach Frank Beamer next weekend, when he makes an official visit to Virginia Tech.
“Coach Sherman welcomed me to the Hokie nation. He said, ‘Welcome to the family.’ He also told me two remember just two words: Virginia Tech.”
Virginia Tech didn’t extend a scholarship offer to Asante until midway through the 2010 season, which has truly been a breakout year for the speedy wideout.
“I think I’m blessed, to tell you the truth,” said Asante. “My ninth grade year, I didn’t try out. I didn’t have the passion. My friends kept saying I should play football and they asked me to just try out. My 10th grade year, I came to tryouts late, so the varsity coaches sent me straight to JV. I never played until my last game, when we beat West Charlotte. I helped win the game and the varsity coaches realized I could play. They put me straight on the varsity my junior year, but I started only one game. We got a new offensive coordinator this season. He knew me and knew I was a good athlete and said he would put me on the field. I worked hard this summer and I’ve just been balling out.”
Mallard Creek, led by senior signal caller Marquise Williams, has been “balling out” all season long. The Mavericks (13-0) success continued last night, scoring a 49-23 playoff victory over Ardrey Kell to advance to the Class 4AA state quarterfinals. On the season, Asante has 38 receptions for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“I worked hard this summer and I’ve used my speed,” Asante answered when asked what separates him from other receivers. A good athlete, he also participates in track, where he does the 200, 400 and long jump.
Virginia Tech’s last wide receiver recruit out of the Charlotte area was Jarrett Boykin, a player...
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