South County (Lorton, VA) junior Devin Vandyke has four major FBS scholarship offers in the fold, including Boston College, Maryland, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. The 6-1 1/2, 205-pound linebacker is also drawing interest from Navy, Pitt, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Is either in-state FBS program closing in on an offer?
“I have an offer from Virginia Tech to come to their one-day camp this summer,” said Vandyke, whose brother Ronny signed with the Hokies in the 2011 class. “The thing about that is I went to one of their one-days last year, so I’m not sure I’ll go back. I feel they think I’m a tweener because of my height and size.”
With Virginia, Vandyke said, “I’m going down there on April 2 for the Spring Game, but I haven’t really heard a lot from their coaches, so I don’t know much about them right now.”
Asked if Virginia Tech is his favorite given the family connection, Devin said, “I’m not favoring Virginia Tech. They are recruiting five linebackers and four have been verbally offered. I don’t even have a scholarship from them yet. I’m not favoring anyone. I’m just looking for the best place.”
In addition to a trip to Charlottesville, Vandyke also plans spring and summer visits to Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Central Florida could make the visit list as well. No timetable has been set for making a decision, though one doesn’t seem likely to come soon.
“I can say I’ll probably take more time than my brother did,” said Devin. Ronny committed to Virginia Tech almost a full year before he signed a letter of intent. “Since he didn’t play his junior year, I think he had more pressure to commit early. It was also unique that he was offered his sophomore year. He had more time to look into schools.”
Devin has played linebacker for seven years, so certainly that’s a position he has grown accustomed to. He is viewed more as an outside linebacker by those college coaches in pursuit, though Virginia Tech sees him as an inside linebacker prospect.
A player with sub 4.6-second speed in the 40 and a 305-pound bench press, Vandyke turned in a productive junior season in 2010.
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