Blue Spurns Big 10, SEC For Virginia Tech

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For the past several weeks, Jawand Blue had been leaning towards committing to Virginia Tech. The 6’0″, 195-pound linebacker prospect, a product of West Boca Raton High School (Boca Raton, FL), planned to hold off until this weekend’s visit to Blacksburg, which will be his first ever experience at Virginia Tech. Plans changed, though, when Tech received a commitment from Virginia standout Devin Vandyke.

“I’ve always been high on [Virginia Tech],” said Blue, who committed to Tech today after consulting with his parents and older brother. “They were the first to offer. That’s always a good thing. What made me decide was I felt it was probably time to do it before all of the linebacker commits were taken. I wanted to commit a couple of weeks ago, but I was trying to hold off until this weekend so I could see it. Seeing the commitment yesterday, it made me go ahead and commit.”

A native of Delray Beach, Blue has followed Virginia Tech since David Clowney’s days in Blacksburg. He followed Clowney and Brandon Flowers, who both attended Atlantic Community in Delray Beach before moving on to successful careers in Blacksburg. More recently, Blue has trained with former Tech linebacker TJ Jackson, also from the Delray Beach area. The success enjoyed by these prospects and more caught the West Boca Raton High School linebacker’s attention.

Blue had 16 scholarship offers in total, highlighted by 12 BCS offers including Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In the end, he felt committing to the Hokies was “a pretty easy decision.”

“They have a great tradition,” Blue said. “They’ve had great defenses and great coaches. Talking to [primary recruiter] Coach Wiles, Coach Beamer, and Coach Foster…those are legendary coaches. It’s good football. They have faithful fans who pack the house.”

Blue will his future school this weekend.

“I’m just looking forward to meeting the coaches and getting to know them,” said Blue, who will be accompanied on the trip by his older brother. “They’ll tell me everything they need to tell me. I’m looking forward to seeing the campus and getting a good feel.”

One of four linebackers

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