It has been 18 days since Virginia Tech’s latest 2012 class football commitment, almost a drought considering the Hokies racked up 12 verbals from February 2 through June 4. Tech is back on the board, though, after Christiansburg (VA) rising senior quarterback/athlete Brenden Motley verbally committed to the Hokies this afternoon.
Motley, a 6’4″, 190-pound quarterback and free safety for the Blue Demons, picked Tech over offers from Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia. He also drew serious interest from Nebraska, Notre Dame, among others, but for all intents and purposes he narrowed his list to the two Techs in May.
Brenden took an unofficial to Georgia Tech last weekend before electing to attend college close to home.
“He committed to Virginia Tech this afternoon,” Christiansburg head coach Tim Cromer said, referring to Brenden.
A dual-threat quarterback, Motley totaled 1,706 yards of offense and 19 touchdowns last season as a junior, leading the Blue Demons to an undefeated regular season and district and region championships. Passing-wise, he completed 50.8-percent of his passes for 1,142 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. On the ground, he averaged 6.1 yards per carry while rushing for 564 yards and 11 touchdowns.
A physical, productive defensive back, Motley tallied 57 tackles with four sacks in 2010. He has potential as a safety or perhaps wide receiver on the next level, but quarterback is where he will start out at Virginia Tech.
“The first thing about [Brenden] is he’s so diverse and so athletic,” Cromer said in an earlier interview. Motley also stars in basketball at CHS and received some college looks for basketball. “He is 6-4. He can throw the ball. He has the type of arm you need, but then he can run the ball. You have that athleticism, but then you just have a humble human being. He’s very coachable. You can correct him and he’ll do what you ask him to do. He’s a great kid to coach. Combine those things together and you have a special quarterback.”
Motley made no secret of his desire to at least see other options, not only outside of Blacksburg but outside of the state as well. Last month, he decided to close off his recruitment and focus on his two favorites, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Today, he becomes the 13th high school senior to commit to the Hokies.
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