Two Saturdays, two defensive tackle recruits. Virginia Tech’s football program has secured commitment no. 4 in the class of 2015, receiving a pledge today from Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Eric Whitehead.
Whitehead’s commitment comes exactly one week after Tech landed a verbal from Phoebus (Hampton, VA) defensive tackle Harry Lewis. H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) cornerback DuWayne Johnson and Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) cornerback Mook Reynolds have also committed to the Hokies in this class.
“I committed this morning,” Whitehead said. “I called Coach Moorehead (VT’s main recruiter for the Indianapolis area) and asked him how I should go about it. It’s Coach Wiles’ birthday tomorrow, so he told me to wait an hour until Coach Wiles was home and call him. I waited and called him and told him.”
The 6’1″, 300-pound defensive tackle recruit chose Tech over offers from Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan. He visited Virginia Tech earlier this spring, and it was then that Frank Beamer extended a scholarship offer. Tech was the first school to offer Whitehead a scholarship.
“I always wanted to go there, so when they offered I wanted to commit, but I decided to wait a little bit,” Whitehead said.
“I’ve always been a defensive guy. Virginia Tech is one of the few defensive colleges there is. I liked everything about it when I visited. The locker room, the players, the coaches, the atmosphere … I liked everything.”
Whitehead played for Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis his junior season, when he racked up close to 60 tackles with 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks. (Click here to view highlights from that season.) He has since transferred to Lawrence Central and will play his senior season under head coach Jed Richman and defensive coordinator Steve Tutsie.
“We do a lot of things we learned from Virginia Tech,” Richman said. “Coach Tutsie is a veteran and has a longstanding relationship with Coach Foster and those guys. We expect Eric to do great things. I think he’ll fit very well into their system. He’s a tough kid, hard-nosed, and he...
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