Coach: Frank Beamer
2008 Virginia Tech Signees:
Recent Recruiting Rankings (By Rivals.com): No. 45, No. 27, No. 41, No. 14, No. 32, No. 29 under Beamer from 2002-07.
Consensus 2008 Prep All-Americans: VA WR D.J. Coles, VA OL Vinston Painter, SC LB Bruce Taylor, VA RB Ryan Williams.
Interesting Story: Peter Rose led Amherst High to a perfect 26-0 record as the teams starting quarterback during his junior and senior seasons, leading the Lancers to back-to-back Virginia state championships. In his final high school game, he rushed for 249 yards on 13 carries, along with three touchdowns, while helping his team produce a state playoff-record 559 yards of total offense.
Top Recruiters: Offensive line coach Curt Newsome did an outstanding job of luring talent from the Hampton Roads area in this years class, recruiting five prospects from Virginia Beach and one from Norfolk. Included were prep All-American offensive lineman Vinston Painter, athletes Xavier Boyce and Marcus Davis, wide receiver Randall Dunn, linebacker Lyndell Gibson, running back Tony Gregory and defensive end Joe Jones. Defensive line coach Charlie Wiles plucked a pair of standouts from North Carolina offensive lineman Nick Becton and defensive back Lorenzo Williams plus arguably the top linebacker prospect in South Carolina, Bruce Carter.
States Represented (4): Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.
Academic Worries: many. Joseph Clayton and Ben Barber are likely not going to enroll until January 2009. At least four other players in the class are expected to attend prep school.
Key Misses: FL WR T.J. Lawrence (Florida), SC DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina).
Quotable Quote: "We hit on a lot of guys who liked Virginia Tech. Some
years, Virginia has gotten the best of us (recruiting in-state), and some years
weve gotten the best of them, but I think youve just better keep your head
down and keep working, because we want to get the best players out of the state.
If you go back and look at the numbers of players we lost (from the 2007 season),
theres probably going to be more opportunity to play as a freshman than its
been in some years at Virginia Tech. We might not be ranked as highly as others,
but I can tell you we liked them. All these kids, we liked them. Now we hope
theyre going to turn out as I think they will. Well see how it all turns out."
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer
Tech Football Recruiting Articles (Links):
Wilmington recruiting feature: Nick Becton WRAL.com
Hokies dominate in-state Richmond Times-Dispatch
Randall Dunn commitment story Richmond Times-Dispatch
Joe Jones commitment story Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Joseph Clayton commitment story Newport News Daily Press
Joseph Clayton commitment story Roanoke Times
Beamer in-state recruiting Newport News Daily Press
Marcus Davis feature Newport News Daily Press
Marcus Davis signing story Associated Press
Marcus Davis spurns Penn State for VT Pocono Record
Austin Fuller signing feature WBOY.com
Kevin Whaley/Lyndell GIbson signing feature Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Jeron Gouveia commitment story Washington Post
Tony Gregory feature Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Hokies get cream of crop in Virginia Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
Antoine Hopkins profile Digital Sports
Antoine Hopkins feature Richmond Times-Dispatch
Leon Mackey signing feature Roanoke Times
Vinston Painter commitment story Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Dyrell Roberts feature Newport News Daily Press
Peter Rose "Player of the Week" feature WDBJ 7 Roanoke News
Rose leads team to playoffs Amherst New Era Progress
Allen Stephens feature South Boston News and Record
Bruce Taylor "Mr. Football" Finalist WPDE News Channel 15
Dwight Tucker article Newport News Daily Press
VT reeling in big fish Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Michael Via feature Roanoke Times
Eddie Whitley injury story WCNC.com
Lorenzo Williams commitment feature WRAL.com
Ryan Williams commitment feature Manassas Journal-Messenger