On February 4, 2015, which was Division 1 Football’s National Signing Day for the class of 2015, Woodgrove head coach Mike Skinner told class of 2016 prospect Clay Dean to call Virginia Tech’s Torrian Gray, who is the Hokies’ primary recruiter at the Purcellville (VA) high school. After telling his parents, the 6’3”, 250-pound junior followed his coach’s request and called Gray, who said Virginia Tech was offering a scholarship.
“I was stoked,” Dean recalled. “That was probably the most exciting day of my life, before I committed.”
Dean committed to Virginia Tech on Thursday last week, giving the Hokies its ninth commitment in the class of 2016. Fellow in-state prospect Thomas Jarrett Hopple became commitment no. 10 this past Saturday. For Dean, the decision was an easy one.
“I figured there is no point in waiting when your dream school offers,” Dean said.
Dean has older sisters who attended Virginia Tech, so he has traveled to Blacksburg many times for football games. He has watched the Hokies run onto Worsham Field to ‘Enter Sandman’ for quite some time, and he looks forward to doing the same as a freshman in 2016.
“In the football sense, it’s definitely running out to ‘Enter Sandman.’ Transitioning from the stands to hearing it on the field,” Dean answered when asked what he is looking forward to most about being a Hokie. “Academically, the services they give to football players are impressive. Its sounds like such a great place.”
Torrian Gray indicated that the Virginia Tech coaches want to play Dean at defensive tackle. Dean does, however, have experience playing tight end and offensive line in high school. Coach Skinner believes the standout athlete could add another inch or two height-wise, and if that happens perhaps offensive line becomes a possibility in college. For now, though, you’ll likely find Dean at defensive tackle when he arrives at Virginia Tech.
“I think Clay could play [either side of the line in college], but he’s just so explosive,” Skinner said. “He’s a good offensive lineman, too. It’s up to the people on the next level, but he is just really explosive [at defensive tackle]. He’s a really good athlete. We play against some good competition and he had 14...
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