Expected Junior Day Visitors

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ESPN College Gameday will be in Blacksburg tomorrow for the Duke/Virginia Tech men’s basketball game. The newly revamped Virginia Tech football coaching staff, who will play host to a junior day event, hopes to capitalize on what promises to be an exciting Saturday atmosphere. Below is a list of those players we have confirmed for tomorrow, but stay tuned for updates throughout the weekend as we get them.

With around 20 scholarship offers in the fold, Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) ATH Joel Caleb is already one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state of Virginia. He has visited Virginia Tech before but is looking for a chance to explore the school further.

“I like Virginia Tech. I’ve really got to get up there to see the campus side of it,” the 6-3, 210-pound Caleb said in an interview in mid February.

Caleb claimed no favorite in the same interview.

L.C. Bird linebacker Deon Clarke and Thomas Dale wide receiver/safety Desmond Frye, two other Richmond (VA) area products with Virginia Tech offers, are also expected to attend. Virginia Tech was the first offer for each player. Clarke, a 2010 VHSCA all-state selection, has since added an offer from UVa, while Frye, a 6-3, 190-pound recruit, is also receiving interest from UVa.

Frye will be joined by teammate Lorenzo Fields, who is awaiting his first college scholarship offer. The 5-9 1/2, 185-pound junior speedster (4.3 in the 40), who starts at corner for Thomas Dale, is a player Virginia Tech wants to see at camp before deciding whether or not to offer.

2010 Washington Post first-team all-metro performer Ken Ekanem, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end/linebacker out of Centreville (Clifton, VA), will visit. Boston College, Duke, Maryland and Virginia have offered as well, while Penn State is among the schools showing serious interest. Fellow Northern Virginia standout Alex Carter (state champion Briar Woods H.S. in Ashburn), son of former Notre Dame and NFL cornerback Tom Carter, is a confirmed visitor. The 6-0, 185-pound defensive back/wide receiver has been offered by Boston College, Duke, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Ekanem, who likely would play defensive end if he were to choose Tech, headlines an impressive group of d-linemen that plan to visit. Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) star defensive tackle Sheldon Day (VT offer), Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive tackle Korren Kirven and Cox (Virginia Beach,