My smart phone forecasts thunderstorms for next Friday, the 13th by the way, here in the 757. If they don’t materialize, and if you’re among Virginia Tech’s football faithful, then I suggest an evening at Darling Stadium.
The annual Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game returns to Hampton that night with five Hokies signees on the roster.
Receiver Thomas Smith (Lafayette High), safety Desmond Frye (Thomas Dale) and linebacker Deon Clarke (L.C. Bird) are scheduled to play for the East. Running back/linebacker Trey Edmunds (Dan River) and quarterback Brenden Motley (Christiansburg) headline the West squad.
Smith is prepping this season at Fork Union Military Academy, while the others are enrolled at Virginia Tech.
Summer school is the norm for incoming college football freshmen, and those obligations, combined with injury concerns, often preclude their all-star participation. But for those who want to compete, technology allows for online monitoring of classes while in Hampton.
Among the five, Edmunds and Clarke were the most regarded in high school. The son of former NFL and All-ACC (Maryland) tight end Ferrell Edmunds, Trey had 124 tackles as a senior, while also rushing for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The West roster lists him as No. 3, a clever choice, and a running back. So he could be in the same backfield with Motley, a dual-threat quarterback who led Christiansburg to the state championship game.
None of Virginia’s signees is scheduled to compete next Friday.
Last year, Tech walk-on Griffin Hite, the son of former Hokies assistant coach Billy Hite, was the West’s co-defensive MVP.
The 2009 game, a wild, 38-31 East victory, showcased several Hokies recruits. Logan Thomas accounted for two touchdowns, one running and one passing, Antone Exum caught a scoring pass, Cody Journell kicked a field goal, and Tyrel Wilson was the East’s defensive MVP.
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