Checking In: Ronny Vandyke and Dewayne Alford

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It has been touch-and-go, but it appears former South County (Lorton, VA) standout Ronny Vandyke will be a member of Virginia Tech’s 2011 football squad. The 6’3″, 200-pound prospect, beginning as a rover in Bud Foster’s defense, plans to head to Blacksburg in two days.

“My summer school transcript has been sent out. It’s supposed to reach the NCAA one day this week,” Vandyke said. “It’s pretty certain that I’ll be fine. I got the grades I needed to get this summer.”

Vandyke admits he “has been ready [to get to Virginia Tech] since I graduated high school, but I had to go through some trials. I learned from those trials, just figuring out how important grades are and starting out the school career strong. I had to turn it around late my sophomore year. I didn’t do enough to get what I needed to be at Virginia Tech for summer conditioning.”

Coach Foster, who also serves as Tech’s primary recruiter at South County, spoke recently with Vandyke, who had close to 10 offers before committing to the Hokies.

“Coach Foster just asked if I was ready. I said, ‘Yeah,'” Vandyke said.

The Stallions star missed his entire junior season due to a shoulder injury and surgery, but the Tech coaches were so impressed that they had already offered in the months immediately following Vandyke’s sophomore season. Vandyke looks forward to suiting up for the orange and maroon.

“It’s the next level of football,” Vandyke said. “I haven’t been through it yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it really is.”

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What do you feel will be the easiest transition for you from high school to college football?

“I wouldn’t say it’ll be easy, but I’ll be comfortable because the terminology is the same at Tech as my high school,”