New Jersey Star Commits To Hokies

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In search of another tight end in its 2011 class, Virginia Tech has scored a good one in Ryan Malleck , a 6-5, 235-pound prospect out of Point Pleasant Boro High School (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.). Malleck, rated a 3-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com, committed to the Hokies this afternoon over offers from Maryland, Miami, N.C. State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.

Committed to Maryland since last August, Malleck reopened his recruiting when Ralph Friedgen was let go. In the end, Virginia Tech would be the choice over the Terrapins and another ACC foe.

“I sat down with my parents and my coach last night. It came down to Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech. I weighed out the pros and cons. I pretty much made the decision to commit to Virginia Tech last night,” said Malleck, who informed head coach Frank Beamer and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring of his decision this afternoon.

Malleck took official visits to all three finalists. Last weekend’s official to Virginia Tech was his first ever experience in Blacksburg, and it was then that the standout senior began to lean towards the orange and maroon.

“Virginia Tech has the nicest facilities I’ve ever seen,” Malleck said. “I got to meet most of the coaches. I really liked every single coach I was with. I got a good feeling for the school. I think I can do well there. I fit in the system really well.

“When I went into Coach Beamer’s office to meet with him, I had a gut feeling that this is where I would go. I liked how he conducted himself and how he plans on using me. Other coaches negative recruit, but Coach Beamer was all about Virginia Tech. Straight Virginia Tech. In my four years, I think we will do something special at Virginia Tech. We’ll keep the success going.”

Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring was an important factor as well.

“I think it’ll be really fun to work with him because he has been there for a long time,” Malleck said. “That speaks highly of someone to stay at a school for as long as he has. He said I have an opportunity to play early. I can’t wait.”

An athletic tight end, Malleck has run the 40 in 4.58 seconds and is a standout on the varsity basketball team. He averaged around 23 yards per reception

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