2012 Watch: Tech At The Top Of DT’s List

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Virginia Tech scored big at Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) in the 2011 class, securing a commitment from top defensive tackle prospect Kris Harley. With Harley just weeks away from officially becoming a Hokie, the Virginia Tech staff is in hot pursuit of another Warriors defensive tackle, junior Sheldon Day .

“They offered Sheldon,” said Warren Central defensive coordinator Steve Tutsie, referring to Virginia Tech. “He is very excited. Cincinnati got in after, but [primary recruiter] Charley [Wiles] offered before anybody else. That’s what he did with Kris. They have Engineering, which Sheldon likes. Also, Kris’ family and Sheldon’s family are good friends. I’m not trying to talk for Sheldon, but I’d be surprised if he’s not a Hokie.”

Day, along with several other teammates including Harley, attended Virginia Tech’s July 10 camp last year. The Tech staff didn’t offer on that day, choosing instead to wait for junior film. They received film of Day’s 2010 season — his first on the varsity level — and were impressed enough to extend an early offer.

“When Coach Wiles saw the tape, and we have about 70 plays on the tape, he thought Sheldon was impressive,” Tutsie said. “Sheldon works very hard. And he’s very smart.”

Tutsie compared Harley with the 6-2 junior, who recently weighed in at 270 pounds.

“I think they are similar but opposite,” Tutsie said. “Both are very quick off the ball, but I think Sheldon could play a couple plays at defensive end, whereas I think Kris is just a tackle. I’d say Sheldon’s top-end speed is better, but Kris is probably a better run-stopper. Sheldon is a good pass guy.”

Following the camp, Day, accompanied by his mother, toured around Blacksburg and Virginia Tech on an unofficial visit.

“I can tell you Virginia Tech is number one on his sheet,” Tutsie said. “I know his mom likes Virginia Tech. She likes Coach Wiles. She loved the community. The only thing is that it is a little far away, but she really liked it.”

Day excels off the field as well, as he carries a 3.7 GPA. Football, though, is his only sport according to Tutsie.

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