A quick look at Virginia Tech signees

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VIRGINIA TECH SIGNEES

Name | Pos. | Ht./Wt. | School (Hometown)

Dewayne Alford | DE | 6-3/225 | Nansemond River High (Suffolk): Originally signed letter of intent last February with Tech, but deferred his enrollment until January; had scholarship offers from Old Dominion and James Madison; logged 90 tackles, including five sacks, as a senior; finished with combined 25 sacks in his final three seasons of high school.

Woody Baron | DL | 6-3/258 | Brentwood Academy (Nashville, Tenn.): Tech and Vanderbilt were the final two offers he considered; also had offers from Syracuse, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Duke and Western Kentucky; finished senior season with 40 tackles, including eight sacks; two-time first team all-state selection by Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

Joel Caleb | WR | 6-3/205 | Clover Hill High (Midlothian): Final decision came down to Tech, Ohio State and West Virginia; also had offers from U.Va., Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana State, Oklahoma, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida State, Clemson and others; passed for 846 yards and seven touchdowns, ran for 747 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

Deon Clarke | LB | 6-3/200 | L.C. Bird High (Richmond): Picked up offers from Virginia, Miami, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland and Buffalo; logged 98 tackles, including 14 sacks, in his senior season; named Dominion District player of the year as a senior; three-time first team All-Central Region pick.

J.C. Coleman | RB | 5-7/170 | Oscar Smith High (Chesapeake): Enrolled in January at Tech after finishing high school academic requirements early; had offers from U.Va., West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Maryland, Florida International and ODU; finished with 4,416 rushing yards in prep career, including 1,488 rushing yards as a senior despite missing three games with ankle injury.

Augie Conte | OL | 6-4/265 | Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (Richmond): Considered offers from U.Va., Maryland and ODU; first team Virginia Independent Schools Division IV all-state offensive lineman as junior and senior, and first team all-state defensive lineman as senior; cleared path for Blessed Sacrament Huguenot to gain more than 2,300 rushing yards in senior season.

Seth Dooley | DE | 6-5/230 | Glenvar High (Salem): Had offers from James Madison, Norfolk State and Virginia Military Institute; finished senior season with 93 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss and four sacks, and ran for team-high 782 yards and 11 touchdowns; selected first team All-Three Rivers District and All-Region C.

Trey Edmunds | RB/LB | 6-2/200 | Dan River High (Danville): Final decision came down to Tech, U.Va., North Carolina and Maryland; also had offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech; Parade Magazine All-American as a running back; rushed for 2,596 yards and 33 touchdowns and had 143 tackles as a senior; son of former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Ferrell Edmunds.

Ken Ekanem | DE | 6-3/240 | Centreville High (Centreville): Final decision came down to Tech and Notre Dame; also had offers from U.Va., Oregon, Michigan, N.C. State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and others; finished with 72 tackles, including 18 sacks, in a senior season that ended with him tearing an ACL and meniscus in the Group AAA Division 6 state title game.

Desmond Frye | DB | 6-2/175 | Thomas Dale High (Chester): Had offers from U.Va., Maryland, South Florida and Duke; as a senior, he finished with 91 tackles and three interceptions, plus 16 catches for 420 yards; chosen Central District defensive player of the year; chosen East Regional first team All-America at the National Underclassmen Combine.

Der'Woun Greene | WR | 5-11/175 | Wilson High (Portsmouth): Tech and U.Va. were the two schools that offered him; two-time first team All-Eastern District pick at defensive back; wrapped up his senior season with 1,035 passing yards and eight touchdowns, 395 rushing yards and four touchdowns and 32 tackles, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Drew Harris | RB | 6-1/220 | Downingtown East High (Downingtown, Pa.): Considered offers from Pittsburgh, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, Miami and others; had 617 rushing yards and nine touchdowns as senior before suffering torn meniscus and grade two medial collateral ligament damage in knee; finished prep career with 4,977 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Mark Irick | WR | 6-4/185 | Calhoun County High (St. Matthews, S.C.): Had offer from Kentucky; earned first team All-Division I-A all-state honors as a senior; in his junior season, he had 38 catches for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury; averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball during his junior season.

Dakota Jackson | TE | 6-3/250 | Northside High (Roanoke): Tech was first school to offer him; finished senior season with 22 catches for 360 yards; selected first team All-Region III as senior; had 18 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns as a junior; was Associated Press first team Group AA all-state tight end as a junior.

Jarontay Jones | DE | 6-2/240 | Stephenson High (Lithonia, Ga.): Had offers from Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Auburn, Michigan State, Clemson, Miami, Mississippi State, Tennessee, North Carolina, East Carolina and others; finished senior season with 115 tackles, including 22 for losses and 14 1/2 sacks; earned first team Class AAAAA distinction in last two seasons.

Chris Mangus | RB | 6-0/180 | Broughton High (Raleigh, N.C.): Final decision came down to U.Va. and Tech; also had offers from Notre Dame, Clemson, N.C. State, ECU, Wake Forest, Duke, Minnesota and Memphis; ran for 1,658 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior; had 4,154 rushing yards and scored 54 touchdowns in his final three high school seasons.

Donaldven Manning | DB | 5-9/155 | Miami Central High (Miami): Considered offers from Miami, Notre Dame, Alabama, Louisiana State, Florida, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, Auburn, Florida State, West Virginia and others; enrolled in January at Tech after finishing high school academic requirements early; played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Dahman McKinnon | LB | 6-1/210 | South View High (Hope Mills, N.C.): First offer was from Tech; finished senior season with 155 tackles, after posting 144 tackles — including five sacks — as a junior; holds his high school's career record with 389 tackles; chosen All-Mid-South 4-A Conference defensive player of the year as a senior.

Brenden Motley | QB | 6-3/195 | Christiansburg High (Christiansburg): Had offers from U.Va. and Georgia Tech; as a senior, he passed for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns, and ran for 646 yards and 13 touchdowns; in his junior season, he passed for 982 yards and eight touchdowns, and ran for eight more touchdowns.

Donovan Riley | DB | 6-0/190 | Baltimore Poly (Reistertown, Md.): Had offers from Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt; had five interceptions (11 INTs in his last two seasons combined) and 18 catches for 340 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season; earned first-team Baltimore Sun All-Met honors and was a consensus all-state pick as a senior.

Alston Smith | DL | 6-3/270 | Cox High (Virginia Beach): Picked up offers from ECU, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Hampton, ODU and JMU; logged 42 tackles, including 13 for losses and four sacks, and recovered two fumbles in his senior season despite missing two games; earned second team All-Eastern Region honors as a senior.

Thomas Smith | WR | 6-4/200 | Lafayette High (Williamsburg): Had offers from Ohio, Ball State, ODU, JMU, Norfolk State and Massachusetts; had 36 catches for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, and 27 catches for 558 yards as a junior despite missing three games with a broken hand; Daily Press All-Stars selection as both a junior and a senior.

Joshua Stanford | WR | 6-1/180 | Martin Luther King High (Lithonia, Ga.): Committed Jan. 22, but reconsidered and ultimately confirmed decision on Signing Day; other finalists were UCLA and Texas Christian; also had offers from Central Florida, Colorado State, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis and Louisiana-Monroe; had 56 catches for 1,018 yards as a senior.

Adam Taraschke | OL | 6-5/270 | Riverbend High (Fredericksburg): Considered offers from Ohio and ODU; named first team All-Commonwealth District as an offensive lineman in his senior season; started playing football as a freshman in high school; lived in Hawaii prior to high school; father played football at Chadron State in Chadron, Neb.

Davion Tookes | DB | 5-11/165 | Creekside High (Fairburn, Ga.): Had offers from U.Va., South Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Duke, Louisville, Purdue, Maryland and Kentucky; logged 55 tackles, 14 pass breakups and six blocked punts in his senior season.

Devin Vandyke | LB | 6-0/200 | South County High (Lorton): Final decision came down to Tech and Kentucky; also had offers from West Virginia, ECU, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Maryland and Boston College; finished senior season with 96 tackles, including 15 1/2 for losses and 4 1/2 sacks; brother, Ronny, is a rising redshirt freshman safety at Tech.

Jack Willenbrock | OL | 6-2/260 | Downingtown East (Glenmoore, Pa.): Had offers from Temple and Tulane; was chosen to participate in the Chesapeake Bowl; gained 70 pounds in a little over two years in high school after starting a weightlifting program; high school teammate of Tech running back signee Drew Harris.

Nigel Williams | DL | 6-3/270 | Benedictine (Richmond): Considered offers from U.Va., N.C. State, Duke, Maryland and BC; selected first team VIS Division I all-state as a defensive lineman in both his junior and senior seasons, and all-state tight end as a senior; in his senior season, he had 57 tackles, including 20 1/2 for losses and eight sacks.

Jerome Wright | RB | 6-1/220 | Highland Springs High (Richmond): First offer was from Tech; finished senior season with 607 rushing yards (averaged 13 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns to go along with an interception and 37 tackles, including two sacks; earned first team All-Capital District honors as a senior.

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