Virginia Tech football extended some scholarship offers yesterday, with at least two of those offers going to in-state high school seniors. Running back remains a focus for the Hokies in the class of 2014, it appears, as both players — Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) product Anthony Scott and Hopewell (VA) standout Tabyus Taylor — were offered as running backs. Tech has a commitment from Phoebus (Hampton, VA) star senior Marshawn Williams and just hosted Washington (PA) running back Shai McKenzie on an official visit this past weekend.
When Anthony Scott attended Virginia Tech’s June 2 one-day camp earlier this year, he was being recruited by the Hokies as a cornerback. As the recruiting process continued, though, Scott let it be known that he wants to play running back on the major college level.
“He told East Carolina no because ECU said they wanted him to play cornerback,” Green Run head coach Jeff McGowan said of 5’10”, 180-pound Scott, a senior who runs the 40 in around 4.3 seconds on a consistent basis.
McGowan noted that Tech primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring “has had an eye on Ant for a while. At first they were looking at him as a cornerback, but Ant has made it clear he wants to play running back. I respect that. He is up front about it. Old Dominion said he could start for them next year at running back.”
Green Run is 8-3 heading into a 5A South Region second round playoff matchup against Maury. Scott, a first-team all-Beach District selection at running back this season, totaled 1,650 yards rushing and receiving and scored 21 touchdowns during the regular season. He has also played cornerback full-time for the Stallions.
“ Anthony Scott is a special athlete,” McGowan said. “When he puts his foot down, he is at full speed. He is gone. Kevin Simmons, who I coached back at Kempsville, came to one of our games. As you know he was an excellent running back in high school. Kevin told me that Ant is faster than he was but that he had more moves. I think that’s true. Kevin also said that Ant is a better receiver.”
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