Six minutes into the Division 6 state championship game against Oscar Smith, Centreville linebacker/tight end Ken Ekanem tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
In a cruel foreshadowing a month earlier, Virginia Tech coaches had told Ekanem that the Hokies’ scholarship offer stood “even if you tear your ACL.”
Tech kept that promise, and Ekanem rewarded it Wednesday by signing with the Hokies. Ekanem had narrowed his choices to Tech and Notre Dame, but he said on a Washington Post webcast that after his injury the Irish’s interest waned.
In fact, Ekanem canceled an official visit to Notre Dame scheduled for last weekend. He also had offers from, among others, Virginia, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Ekanem was among three heralded recruits considering Virginia Tech who announced Wednesday. The Hokies went 2-1, landing Clover Hill receiver Joel Caleb but losing Brookville defensive tackle Korren Kirven to Alabama.
It’s not the triple crown for which Tech hoped, but the Caleb and Ekanem signings serve as further reminder that Virginia’s recent inroads notwithstanding — the Cavaliers landed top-rated defensive end Eli Harold of Virginia Beach’s Ocean Lakes High — the Hokies remain front and center on their home turf.
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