Report From The Chesapeake Bowl

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Five Virginia Tech recruits, including four on the South (players from DC, MD, VA, WV) and one on the North (players from DE, NJ, PA), played in the 2011 Chesapeake Bowl, which took place in Edgewater (MD) on December 30. The event was an opportunity for these players to compete against a high level of competition, and also to get to know each other before arriving in Blacksburg next fall.

Tech’s South squad recruits included quarterback Brenden Motley (Christiansburg (VA)), defensive lineman Nigel Williams (Benedictine (Richmond, VA)), linebacker Devin Vandyke (South County (Lorton, VA)) and defensive back Donovan Riley (Poly Prep (Baltimore, MD)). Fellow Tech-bound prospect Jack Willenbrock scored the bragging rights, though, as he and the rest of the North squad captured the 28-17 win.

Notes on Tech’s Prospects

– Riley and Vandyke were the only Tech-bound starters in the game, with Riley starting at safety and Vandyke at one of the outside linebacker positions.

– Motley was third in the South’s quarterback rotation (there were three quarterbacks on the roster). He led his team to a field goal on his first drive, in which he made some nice throws but missed an open receiver in the end-zone on third down on the drive. The 6’4″, 195-pound prospect has potential as a quarterback in college. He has good size and a strong arm, but it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to running Virginia Tech’s passing attack after running a run-oriented attack for the Blue Demons. In this postgame interview following the Chesapeake Bowl, Motley seems excited about the opportunity to play quarterback in college.

If quarterback doesn’t work out, though, Motley could easily be a safety, linebacker or receiver. He’s an impressive athlete with a good frame.

– Also check out the postgame interview with Riley, a player with potential at cornerback, free safety or rover at Virginia Tech. He played most of the game last Friday night, showing good range and speed. A good, versatile recruit for the Hokies.

– Nigel Williams made a nice run-stop in the second half, stuffing the running back right at or just behind the line of scrimmage. The 6’3″, 260-pound senior