Monacan (Midlothian, VA) junior Connor Wingo-Reeves had been to a game at Lane Stadium before last Thursday. The Virginia Tech/UNC game, however, was a new experience for the 6’3″, 222-pound linebacker.
“I really enjoyed the game,” Wingo-Reeves said. “I haven’t experienced the stadium like that, on a Thursday night. I was surprised it was a packed house. I enjoyed being on the sideline and watching the team warm up. They brought me out to the middle of the field with a couple of other players and introduced us to Frank Beamer. I had met him before, but it was pretty cool. I enjoyed the atmosphere at Tech. As for the game, I really enjoyed it. There was the early turnover, but the defense really stepped up.”
Wingo-Reeves, grandson of Virginia Tech Hall of Fame athlete Sterling Wingo, is drawing serious interest from the Hokies.
“They said they’d be by a lot in December,” the standout junior said of Tech’s interest. “They said they are highly interested in me, so I guess we’ll see where that goes. I’m just working hard in the weight room to get better.”
Last summer, Wingo-Reeves attended camps at Maryland, Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Those four schools had shown interest prior to the summer, and those schools and more have expressed interest since the summer.
“I don’t have any offers at the moment, but the schools that have come to see me at Monacan are: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UVA, Maryland and Temple. Georgia Tech has been sending me letters. Notre Dame is looking at me. Penn State has sent a few letters. I’m also getting a few letters from Alabama,” Wingo-Reeves said.
“I definitely want to play 1A and I’m open to any school that wants to offer me. I like Tech and grew up a fan, but honestly I am open to everybody.”
Monacan’s star defender had 90 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 10 games this season, earning first-team all-Dominion District and Dominion District Defensive Player of the Year honors for his performance. He plays in the same district as Tech-bound linebacker Deon Clarke of L.C. Bird and Clover Hill junior linebacker Holland Fisher, who has been offered by the Hokies.
Wingo-Reeves starts at inside linebacker in Monacan’s base 4-4. He also is the middle linebacker when the Chiefs go to a 4-3 set.
“I feel like I’m very good at reading plays and getting off blocks. Those are my strong suits,” Wingo-Reeves said. “And I definitely feel like I’ve increased my speed. I’m working hard on that.”
Wingo-Reeves played basketball and ran track last offseason, but this year he is giving up those other sports.
“I know this will be my biggest offseason for football, so I’m trying to lift and work on my speed as much as I can,” Wingo-Reeves said. “I’m focusing on getting ready for next year. I’m also going to the U.S. Army National Combine in January.”
The Latest on Charley Meyer
For Benedictine (Richmond, VA) senior wide receiver Charley Meyer, high on the list of highlights at last week’s UNC/Virginia Tech football game was the opportunity to meet Hokies senior receiver Danny Coale.
“It’s always great going up there,” Meyer said. “It’s really impressive. The atmosphere’s great. I got to talk to Shane Beamer a lot. I talked to Coach Sherman, and I got to talk to coach Frank Beamer before the game. It was an awesome atmosphere. After the game, I got to meet Danny Coale. Shane Beamer introduced me, which was pretty cool because Danny’s a guy I’ve sort of looked up to ever since I started watching Tech play. He’s a guy I’ve been keeping an eye on. I think I could become a player like him.”
The 6’2″, 205-pound Meyer impressed Virginia Tech’s coaches at camp in July. He recalled the experience and updated where he stands as far as a possible offer.
“I felt like I did well at that camp,” Meyer recalled. “When I got up there, the first couple drills I thought I did well. Towards the end of those drills, I dropped a couple balls. In the one-on-ones, I thought I performed really well. I was beating a lot of defensive backs. I felt fast. I made some one-handed catches. I felt I did well there when I went against other players.
“After the camp, I was saying goodbye and Shane Beamer told me to wait around. He said they thought I did really well. Coach Sherman said he was impressed. He said I reminded him of Danny Coale. I got to talk to Frank Beamer. He told...
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