Notes: “Family” Atmosphere Impresses Whitehead

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Whitehead Makes Another Trip To Blacksburg

Since verbally committing to Virginia Tech on May 3 of this year, class of 2015 defensive tackle Eric Whitehead has visited Blacksburg three times. His most recent experience came this past weekend, when he traveled to Virginia Tech alongside former high school teammate and Hokies class of 2015 cornerback target Adonis Williamson.

Whitehead and Williamson arrived in Blacksburg Friday night and stayed through Monday. Both recruits had an opportunity to explore the freshman dorms, have meetings with coaches, and watch the team workout.

“Every time I go I’m never disappointed,” Whitehead said of his latest experience at Tech. “It shows why I picked to go here. Every time I go there I meet an underclassman I hadn’t met before. They tell me what it’s like.”

Has there been a common theme from the feedback he has received from current Tech student athletes?

“Everyone says how Blacksburg makes them feel like family, more than just a team,” Whitehead said. “That has me pretty hyped about it.”

Virginia Tech was the first major FBS program to offer the 6’2”, 300-pound rising senior, who played at Arsenal Tech High (Indianapolis, IN) last season but has transferred to Lawrence Central High (Indianapolis, IN). Head coach Frank Beamer, defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive line coach Charley Wiles made Whitehead a priority early on in the process.

“They always tell me I remind them of Luther Maddy. I’m going to play his role. He’s a good pass rusher and a good run stopper,” Whitehead said.

Asked what he feels separates him from other defensive tackle recruits, Whitehead, who plans to sign with Tech in February and enroll next summer, said: “I think I get off the ball faster than a lot of other players.”

Catching Up With Williamson

Whitehead describes Williamson, who attends Arsenal Tech, as a player “who doesn’t talk much, but he backs it up on the field.”

The 6’1”, 180-pound prospect kept it simple when describing

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