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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

Adibi Helped Hokies Complete In-State Trifecta

BLACKSBURG — One week before national signing day, the three prospects generally regarded as the best in Virginia this season remained undecided. Finally, on the last day of January, Chesapeake Western Branch linebacker Vince Hall announced for Virginia Tech over North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee. On signing day a week later, Hampton Bethel defensive end Chris Ellis picked the Hokies over Maryland, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia. In between, Tech landed the player widely considered the best of the lot, Hampton Phoebus linebacker Xavier Adibi. What a week. “Adibi, Hall and Ellis are probably the three best players in the state, really,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said on signing day. “With the ability of those three kids, I think we helped our defense here today.” Adibi, a 6-3, 215-pounder, was rated the No. 4 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep after recording 110 tackles (31 for loss) and leading 14-0 Phoebus to its second straight Group 3A Division 5 state championship. The player of the year in 3A, the state's largest classification, he picked the Hokies over Maryland, N.C. State and Tennessee. Phoebus coach Bill Dee said he couldn't understand why people kept asking him if Adibi was going to follow his brother to Virginia Tech or “do his own thing.” (Adibi's brother, Nathaniel, is a rising senior defensive end for the Hokies.) In Dee's opinion, those choices were not mutually exclusive. “Believe me,” Dee said, “Xavier has always done his own thing. … I think he's been up there (to Blacksburg) so many times that he's very comfortable with the players and coaches. You don't really know a coaching staff until you've seen it after a loss.”

Who Got Away?

When Terrell Golden said goodbye to Blacksburg after visiting Virginia Tech over the weekend of Dec. 14-16, the Hokies felt they had given him their best pitch. The Hokies were able to get in the final two for Golden, a wide receiver from Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor, but they were unable to overcome the comfort level he had with Penn State after attending the Nittany Lions' summer camp for three years. Tech also was the runner-up for Fairfax (VA) Robinson WR/DB Chase Anastasio (Notre Dame) and Goose Creek (SC) Stratford RB Rodney Kinlaw (Penn State). Here are some of the other prospects who had a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech but signed elsewhere: Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt DB Vince Beamer (West Virginia), Williamsport (PA) High RB Darrell Blackman (NCSU), Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military LB Ahmad Brooks (UVa), Hampton (VA) Phoebus DB Philip Brown (UVa), Orange (NJ) High DB Cory Boyd (USC), Cherry Hill (NJ) Camden Catholic QB Nick Cangelosi (UNC), Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's QB Joe Dailey (Nebraska), Miami (FL) Central QB Courtney Denson (Auburn), Audubon (NJ) High QB Joe Flacco (Pitt), Lancaster (PA) McCaskey OL Joel Holler (Penn State), Fork Union (VA) Military DE Greg Jacobs (Vanderbilt), Cherry Hill (NJ) Camden Catholic LB Joe Kedra (UNC), Virginia Beach (VA) Salem WR Shannon Lane (UVa), Richmond (VA) Hermitage WR Fontel Mines (UVa), Pompano Beach (FL) Ely RB Tyrone Moss (Miami), Elizabethton (TN) High DE Vince Redd (UVa), Spring Grove (PA) High DT John Shaw (Penn State), Brookfield (WI) Central OL Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) and Baltimore (MD) Gilman WR Ambrose Wooden (Notre Dame). In the end, the Hokies probably had the shortest “miss list” of any school in the ACC area this year. Compiled by Dave Glenn

2003 Virginia Tech Football Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Stars High School/Junior College Comment
Xavier Adibi* LB 6-3 215 3/4 Hampton (VA) Phoebus SP-4 LB; TL-4 ILB; Virginia POY; over NCSU, Tenn.
Barry Booker DE 6-5 270 2/3 Amherst (VA) Amherst County TL-24 DT; SP-17 VA; 2nd-team 2A; early over ECU (?)
Duane Brown TE 6-6 248 3/3 Richmond (VA) Hermitage SP-13 VA; RV-22 VA; HM all-metro; over Md., UVa
Michael Brown LB 6-3 218 3/3 Palm Beach Gardens (FL) High TL-10 ILB; SP-76 FL; 2nd-team 5A; over Fla., Mich. (?)
Tripp Carroll^* OL 6-4 290 4/4 Jacksonville (FL) Jackson MX-3 OG; SP-13 OL; over Clem., Fla., UNC, OSU (!)
David Clowney WR 6-1 175 2/2 Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic HM 5A all-state; track star (4.45 speed); Toledo switch
Chris Ellis* DE 6-4 245 3/4 Hampton (VA) Bethel RV-8 WDE; SP-18 DL; over NCSU, Tenn., UVa (?)
Corey Gordon^ DB 6-3 205 3/2 Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military 2nd-team 4A at Gainesville (FL) High; over Md., WF
James Griffin^* DB 6-2 195 4/4 Pasadena (CA) CC SP-76 JC; from Memphis (TN) East; over LSU, 20+ offers
Vince Hall* LB 6-1 240 4/4 Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch SP-5 LB; TL-5 ILB; Gatorade POY; over UNC, Tenn.
Michael Hinton WR/DB 6-3 200 4/3 Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military From Burlington (NC) Cummings; over Louis., NCSU
Cory Holt QB 6-4 205 2/3 Lexington (NC) High SP-26 NC; 4,625 career pass yards; Hargrave-bound (?)
Josh Hyman WR 6-0 180 2/2 Fork Union (VA) Military 1st-team 3A at Chesapeake (VA) Deep Creek in 2001
John Kinzer TE 6-5 255 3/3 Fairfax (VA) Robinson SP-5 TE; RV-10 VA; 1st-team 3A; over OSU, UVa (!)
Kenny Lewis RB 5-9 185 3/3 Danville (VA) Washington SP-26 VA; 1st-team 3A; also baseball; over ECU, Md.
Nick Marshman OL 6-5 270 2/2 Bridgewater (VA) Ashby TL-23 TE; SP-25 VA; 1st-team 2A; early over WVU
Roland Minor DB 6-1 175 2/2 Washington (DC) Woodson SP-4 DC; all-metro; track (4.4) star; over PSU, Temple (!)
D.J. Parker DB 6-0 180 2/2 Hampton (VA) Phoebus 1st-team 3A; CB and QB in HS; Fork Union-bound (?)
Carlton Powell DT 6-3 290 2/3 Chesapeake (VA) Great Bridge SP-15 VA; RV-23 VA; HM all-region; over ECU, UVa (!)
Joe Razzano FB 6-0 220 2/3 Milford (OH) High TL-7 FB; RV-29 OH; SP-85 Midwest; over BC, Miss. (?)
Kory Robertson DT 6-3 295 3/2 Ridgeway (VA) Magna Vista SP-11 VA; RV-26 VA; 1st-team 2A; early over ECU (?)
Brett Warren LB 6-1 212 2/3 Clifton (VA) Centreville SP-19 VA; RV-42 VA; 2nd-team 3A; over Marshall (!)
Matt Welsh OL 6-5 280 3/4 Clifton (VA) Centreville RV-5 VA; SP-12 VA; 1st-team 3A as jr.; early over UVa (!)

*-All-American (top 250 by two/more services)
(!)-strong academics
(?)-unconfirmed academics
MX-Max Emfinger
TL-Tom Lemming
STARS: By Insiders/Rivals