South County (Lorton, VA) product Devin Vandyke is the newest member of Virginia Tech football’s 2012 recruiting class. The 6’1″, 205-pound linebacker verbally committed this past weekend, making the pledge approximately five months after his brother, Ronny, signed a letter of intent with the Hokies.
“Devin did commit to Virginia Tech on Saturday morning (July 2). He called Coach [Bud] Foster and told him,” Stallions head coach Pete Bendorf said.
“He told Kentucky he would visit down there before making any decision,” Bendorf said. “He was able to visit last week. He had a good time, but he thought Virginia Tech was the best place for him.
“Actually, I think he was ready [commit] a few weeks ago, but he wanted to get to Kentucky to make sure.”
As a sophomore, Vandyke started five games on the varsity level. He broke out in 2010, racking up 101 tackles, six pass break-ups, and four forced fumbles on the season. Now 6’1″, 205 pounds, Vandyke runs the 40 in under 4.6 seconds and boasts a 305-pound bench press. Like his older brother, he is known for his ability to lay the lumber on the opposition.
Vandyke played the Whip linebacker position his sophomore year before moving to the Backer spot last season as a junior. Bendorf believes defensive coordinator Bud Foster sees Vandyke as a Backer for the Hokies.
“His game is his speed,” Bendorf said of Vandyke. “And he’ll hit you. Really, when you see his tape, it shows that. In my opinion, to play inside, you have to have a natural instinct for the ball. Devin has that. Presently, he is only 205 pounds, but last September he was 190. By the time he gets to Virginia Tech, he’ll probably be 220. I don’t think size will be a problem.”
Figuring in Tech’s last two commitments, Deon Clarke and Devin Vandyke , here is a look at the projected linebacker roster for the 2012 season. Three linebacker commits are now in...
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