Christian Reeves spent some time together the final week of 2010, when they all were in Charleston, South Carolina, for the inaugural National Underclassmen Combine All-World Gridiron Classic. The event provided the Virginia Tech recruits a chance to showcase their talents on a national stage while also getting to know each other better before arriving in Blacksburg.
All five prospects suited up for the NUC squad, which fell to the World squad, 20-17.
“I’m really happy I went to that all-star game, being able to hang with Christian, James, Corey and Dewayne,” said the 6-2, 200-pound Cole, who starred at safety and wide receiver at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. “Getting to know them was nice. I hung with James and Christian a lot and we got comfortable with each other. We were joking around and things like that throughout the week. We have a great friendship already. Of course, they are all great athletes.”
Marshall, the star defensive end out of Dinwiddie (VA), received the NUC Defensive Player of the Year award and went on to make several tackles for loss in the game. Alford, also a defensive end, had three tackles and a sack. Farrow, a 6-0, 175-pound cornerback out of Minnetonka (MN), was named a captain for his performance in practice. And Cole and Reeves had good performances throughout the week as well.
The recruits were asked to comment on the abilities of their future teammates.
Alford said, “They all impressed me. If I had to pick one that impressed me the most, I’d probably have to go with Corey. I like his style of play. I like his physicality, how he engages the offensive linemen. We have different ways of playing.”
Cole said, “They are great athletes. James is always on top of things at corner. One of his main strengths is mental. He can read plays and know what’s coming. He makes great plays on the ball. Unfortunately he wasn’t thrown to as much as he or I would have liked, but I think a lot of Christian as a receiver. He’ll be a force on offense. Dewayne and Corey are freak defensive ends. They have great speed and quickness. I was talking to one offensive lineman at the game about Corey and he was saying he couldn’t block Corey because of how big he is and how quick he is off the line.”
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