Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 5, 2014

National Signing Day: Virginia Tech signees and bios


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Virginia Tech football signings and bios



Jaylen Bradshaw

WR 6' 1" 180 Oscar Smith Chesapeake, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 20 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Rated the No. 7 player in South Hampton Roads by The Virginian-Pilot … Listed as the No. 88 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 20 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 147 wide receiver in the country and the No. 36 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 130 wide receiver in the country, the No. 121 player in his region and the No. 29 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/5/2013 … A first-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at wide receiver … A 2013 American Family Insurance First-Team All-USA Virginia Football selection … A first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk … Led South Hampton Roads’ public school players in receiving during the regular season and finished with 65 catches for 1,102 yards and 18 touchdowns … Helped lead Oscar Smith to the state title game … The Conference 2 Tri-Offensive Player of the Year … A first-team All-757 selection by Recruit757.com … Had 35 catches and 10 touchdowns as a junior … Recruited by Bryan Stinespring.

PERSONAL: Born July 31, 1996, in Jacksonville, FL … Son of Tracey Bradshaw … Has an older brother and a younger sister … Contemplated major is business.



Kevin Bronson

DE 6' 3" 258 Village Academy Boynton Beach, Fla.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 98 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 141 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 138 defensive end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 78 defensive end in the country, the No. 391 player in his region and the No. 137 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 2/1/2014 … The Palm Beach Post Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year … Finished his senior season with 58 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss and nine sacks, with six forced fumbles … Recruited by Charley Wiles.

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 23, 1995, in Boynton Beach, Fla. … Son of Fiel and Thelma Bronson … Has an older brother … Major is undecided.



Xavier Burke

TE 6' 3" 245 Brunswick Lawrenceville, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 33 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 20 tight end in the country and the No. 18 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 21 tight end in the country and the No. 20 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 59 tight end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 10 tight end-Y in the country, the No. 49 player in his region and the No. 15 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/18/2012 … A Semper Fidelis All-America Game selection … Caught a touchdown pass in that game … A first-team 2A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at defensive end … The defensive player of the year, as named by VirginiaPreps … A first-team All-Conference 37 selection at defensive end … A first-team Tri-Rivers District selection … Helped lead his team to the state title game … Finished the season with 95 tackles, including 18 for loss and 10 sacks, along with 20 quarterback hurries and four pass breakups … Recruited by Bryan Stinespring.

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 24, 1995, in Petersburg, VA … Son of Davie and Valerie Burke … Has a younger sister … Contemplated major is sports marketing



Chris Durkin

QB 6' 3" 230 Ursuline Poland, Ohio



RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 16 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 20 prospect in Ohio by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 19 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 15 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 271 player in the country and the No. 19 quarterback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 36 pocket passing quarterback in the country, the No. 100 player in his region and the No. 42 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 12/16/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection … Threw for more than 500 yards and rushed for than 500 yards despite battling turf toe part of his senior season … Passed for 887 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 722 yards and seven scores as a junior … Recruited by Scot Loeffler.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 15, 1995, in Youngstown, OH … Son of Chris Durkin, Sr., and Doreen Durkin … His stepmom is Rochelle Durkin … Has two younger sisters … Contemplated major is business management.



Terrell Edmunds

DB 6' 1" 185 Dan River Danville, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 24 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 30 player in the state of Virginia by Rivals … Rated as the No. 123 cornerback in the country and the No. 50 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 110 cornerback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 42 safety in the country, the No. 74 player in his region and the No. 19 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 4/24/2013 … A second-team Class 2A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at running back his senior season … Also a Class 2A West All-Region first-team selection as a running back … The Offensive Back of the Year in the Courthouse Conference 37 … An All-Conference 37 first-team selection his senior year … Had 171 carries, rushing for 1,753 yards and 25 TDs while catching nine passes for 111 yards and a TD … Had a career-high 344 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-28 victory at Martinsville … Had 53 tackles, including two for loss and two interceptions … Scored 29 total touchdowns his final season … A second-team Group A Division 2 all-state pick as a junior at defensive back … Recruited by Bryan Stinespring.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 20, 1997 in Danville, VA … Son of Ferrell, Jr. and Felecia Edmunds … Father was an NFL Pro Bowl tight end … His older brother, Trey, plays foootball for the Hokies … Skipped a grade of school when he was younger … Contemplated majors are accounting or business.



Holland Fisher

DB 6' 2" 210 Fork Union Richmond, Va.



OF NOTE: Signed with Virginia Tech in 2013, but is spending a year at Fork Union … Is rated the No. 1 prep player in the country and the No. 1 safety in the country by 247Sports.

RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country by Scout … Rated as the No. 83 overall player in the country, the No. 10 safety in the country and the No. 7 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 160 player in the country by PrepStar … Rated the No. 8 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 9 player in Virginia in SuperPrep’s preseason issue … Ranked as the No. 36 overall player in the country, the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 3 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 8 safety in the country, the No. 16 player in his region and the No. 7 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on February 18, 2012 … A member of the ESPN 150, ranked 98th … An Under Armour All-America Game selection … Participated in the Gridiron Kings and The Opening … A preseason SuperPrep All-American … Had 72 tackles, including 11 for a loss and five sacks, with five forced fumbles and one interception in an injury-shortened senior season … Recorded 93 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and four sacks as a junior … Also caught 10 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end his junior season … Recruited by Shane Beamer.

PERSONAL: Born 10/12/94 in Richmond, VA … Son of Melissa Fisher … Has an older brother and a younger brother … Wants to get into either sports medicine or sports management.



Andrew Ford

QB 6' 3" 193 Cedar Cliff Camp Hill, Pa.



OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.

RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 26 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 16 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 9 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 53 quarterback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 41 pocket passing quarterback in the country, the No. 134 player in his region and the No. 28 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/16/2013 … The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Pennsylvania … A Pennsylvania Class AAAA first-team all-state selection as a senior … Threw for 2,776 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior, leading Cedar Cliff to a 9-2 record … Completed 161 of 238 passes … Was named the Mid-Penn Keystone Division’s Offensive Player of the Year … Participated in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and Nike’s The Opening … Completed 225 of 339 attempts as a junior, throwing for 2,957 yards and 35 touchdowns … Earned third-team all-state honors that season … Recruited by Scot Loeffler.

PERSONAL: Andrew Walter Ford … Born 10/27/95 in Camp Hill, PA … Son of Pete and Grace Ford … Has two younger siblings: Derek and Emily … Majoring in business.



Isaiah Ford

WR 6' 2" 180 Trinity Christian Jacksonville, Fla.



RANKINGS: Rated as the No. 54 player in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Listed as the No. 67 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 68 prospect in Florida by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 196 player in the country, the No. 30 wide receiver in the country and the No. 25 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 152 wide receiver in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 46 wide receiver in the country, the No. 147 player in his region and the No. 51 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 2/5/2014 … A first-team Class 3A all-state selection as a wide receiver his senior season … Named first-team All-First Coast by The Jacksonville Times-Union after his senior season … Had 717 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns as a senior … Also rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns and passed for a touchdown … A member of the Times-Union Super 24 Team … Recruited by Charley Wiles



Eric Gallo

OL 6' 3" 285 Council Rock South Richboro, Pa.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 8 center in the country and the No. 26 player in his state by 247Sports … Rated as the No. 38 player in the state of Pennsylvania by Rivals … Listed as the No. 75 offensive guard in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 30 offensive guard in the country, the No. 65 player in his region and the No. 12 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 5/29/2013 … A Semper Fidelis All-America Game selection … A Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state selection to the first team following his senior season … Earned first-team All-SOL National Conference as an interior offensive and defensive lineman … Recruited by Stacy Searels.

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 18, 1995, in Philadelphia, PA … Son of Pat and Patty Gallo … Has an older brother, a younger brother and a younger sister … Contemplated major is business.



Kendrick Holland

WR 6' 3" 190 Winter Haven Winter Haven, Fla.



RANKINGS: Rated as the No. 33 player in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Ranked as the No. 70 wide receiver in the country and the No. 75 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 122 wide receiver in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 71 wide receiver in the country, the No. 238 player in his region and the No. 90 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 10/21/2013 … A second-team Class 6A all-state selection as a wide receiver his senior season … Had 50 catches for 770 yards as a junior, helping Winter Haven High to a 10-2 record and a playoff berth despite playing with a torn labrum … Recruited by Torrian Gray.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 22, 1995, in Marietta, Ga. … Lives with his grandmother, Karen Brooks… Has an older brother, an older sister and a younger brother … Contemplated majors are business management or marketing.



Melvin Keihn

LB 6’2” Dan River Danville, Va.



RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 226 overall prospect in the country, the No. 16 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 4 prospect in Maryland by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 20 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 9 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 55 outside linebacker in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 53 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 77 player in his region and the No. 12 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 12/24/2013 … An Under Armour All-America Game selection … Named to the Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team his junior and senior seasons … A two-time consensus all-state selection … Had 85 tackles, including 16 for loss and nine sacks, and two forced fumbles as a senior … Recruited by Aaron Moorehead.

PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1995, in Monrovia, Liberia … Son of Bainda and Satta Keihn … Father lives in the States, but his mother still lives in Liberia … Left Liberia when he was 8 years old and hasn’t been back … Has two younger brothers and a younger sister in the States … Contemplated major is mechanical engineering.



Shai McKenzie

RB 5' 11" 215 Washington Washington, Pa.



OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.

RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 24 running back in the nation and the No. 9 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 245 player in the country, the No. 16 running back in the country and the No. 3 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 170 player in the country and the No. 18 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 52 running back in the country, the No. 57 player in his region and the No. 9 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 12/20/2013 … Participated in Nike’s The Opening … Missed most of his senior season after tearing his right ACL in a Sept. 13 game at Charleroi … On just 36 carries, rushed for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns … Led the WPIAL in rushing with 2,689 yards as a junior … Finished his career with 4,856 rushing yards … Recruited by Scot Loeffler.

PERSONAL: Shai Avian McKenzie … Born 9/19/95 in Washington, PA … Son of Sean McKenzie and Misty Nolder … Has four siblings: Darnel, Sean, Sheniah and Gabby … Contemplated major is sport management.



Travon McMillian

QB/ATH 6' 0" 200 C.D. Hylton Woodbridge, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 14 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 30 “athlete” in the nation and the No. 16 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 18 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 208 player in the country and the No. 12 quarterback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 44 “athlete” in the country, the No. 41 player in his region and the No. 13 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 4/25/2013 … A first-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at quarterback as a senior … The state’s offensive player of the year … A dangerous dual threat quarterback … Completed 97 of 169 passes for 1,472 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,537 yards and 20 scores on 166 attempts … Totaled 3,009 yards and 37 touchdowns for his school … An All-Met honorable mention selection by The Washington Post … Recruited by Bud Foster.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 5, 1996, in Woodbridge, VA … Son of Yolanda McMillian-Vaughan and Howard Vaughan … Has three younger sisters and an older brother … His older brother, Charles, played at Shenandoah University last year … Contemplated major is engineering.



Vinny Mihota

DE 6' 5" 252 Massaponax Fredericksburg, Va.



OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.

RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 29 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 28 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 19 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 14 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 10 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 86 defensive end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 34 defensive end in the country, the No. 45 player in his region and the No. 14 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 4/21/2012 … Missed most of his senior season with a broken foot … Was invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, but couldn’t play due to injury … The district’s defensive player of the year as a junior … Named first-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star his junior year … The district’s defensive player of the year as a junior … Named first-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and first-team all-state …Threw the shot put and discus on the track team, advancing to regionals both years … Played two years of ultimate frisbee as a forward, helping the team win the district title his sophomore year … Recruited by Bud Foster.

PERSONAL: Born 7/18/96 in Carmichaels, PA … Son of John and Valerie Mihota … His older brother, Anthony, was a starting center for Virginia’s football team … Has a younger brother, Louis … Father was a Division III All-American at IUP and brother was an All-ACC selection … Majoring in mathematics.



Raymon Minor

LB 6' 3" 215 Benedictine Ashland, Va.



ANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 13 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 20 “athlete” in the nation and the No. 10 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 29 “athlete” in the country and the No. 12 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 100 overall player in the country and the No. 7 outside linebacker by Scout … Ranked as the No. 100 “athlete” in the country, the No. 138 player in his region and the No. 36 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 2/5/2014 … A first-team all-state linebacker by the VISAA … A second-team All-Metro selection by The Richmond Times-Dispatch as a linebacker following his senior season … Had 54 total tackles, including 11 for loss and a sack, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble … Had 28 catches for 570 yards and five TDs … As a junior, had 31 catches for 571 yards … Before reclassifying at Benedictine, attended Patrick Henry for three years … During his final year at Patrick Henry, had 21 catches for 203 yards and 11 total touchdowns … Also played basketball … Is one of three males in Patrick Henry history to score 1,000 points or more … Recruited by Shane Beamer



Billy Ray Mitchell

OL 6' 4" 280 Paramus Catholic Westwood, N.J.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 35 offensive guard in the country and the No. 17 player in his state by 247Sports … Rated as the No. 34 player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals … Listed as the No. 66 offensive guard in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 52 offensive guard in the country, the No. 139 player in his region and the No. 28 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/2/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection … A 2013 All-New Jersey first-team selection … Helped team roll up 4,258 yards of total offense en route to a second straight Non-Public, Group 4 state title … A three-year starter … Recruited by Stacy Searels.

PERSONAL: Born April 11, 1996, in Bergen County, N.J. … Son of Russell and Diane Mitchell … His dad played football at Ole Miss in the early 1980s … Has a younger brother … Contemplated major is communications or business.



Shawn Payne



DB 6' 3" 176 L.C. Bird Chesterfield, Va.

RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 35 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 110 safety in the country and the No. 40 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 147 “athlete” in the country, the No. 205 player in his region and the No. 40 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/24/2013 … Helped lead his team to a state title as a senior … Caught 22 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns his final season … Recruited by Shane Beamer.

PERSONAL: Born June 17, 1996, in Killeen, TX (Fort Hood) … Son of Christy Brown, who used to serve in the military … Has a younger brother and sister … Contemplated majors are sports medicine or business.



Colt Pettit

OL 6' 4" 260 Patrick Henry Deshler, Ohio



RANKINGS: Listed as the 60 prospect in Ohio by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 38 offensive guard in the country and the No. 32 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 84 offensive guard in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 25 offensive guard in the country, the No. 58 player in his region and the No. 17 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/10/2013 … A first-team Associated Press Division VI All-Ohio team selection at defensive tackle as a senior … The Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the state his senior season … A first-team Division V all-Ohio selection as an offensive lineman as a junior … Recruited by Stacy Searels.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 19, 1996, in Hamilton, OH … Son of Gregg and Fawn Pettit … Has an older brother and has an older sister … Contemplated major is business.



Cam Phillips



WR 6' 1" 185 DeMatha Laurel, Md.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/31/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection... first-team all-state selection who was named the state’s offensive player of the year by the media … A Maryland Consensus All-State selection … Named the Prince George Gazette’s Player of the Year … An All-Met first-team selection by The Washington Post … Caught 68 passes for 1,233 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior and 34 passes for 632 yars and eight touchdowns as a junior … Recruited by Aaron Moorehead.

PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 16, 1995, in Charlotte, NC … Son of Raymond Phillips and Toeleesar Nicholson … Has two older sisters, a younger sister, and an older brother … Contemplated major is business.



C.J. Reavis

DB 6' 0" 190 Thomas Dale Chester, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 15 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 26 safety in the nation and the No. 11 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 33 “athlete” in the country and the No. 14 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 38 safety in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 65 safety in the country, the No. 111 player in his region and the No. 27 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 4/20/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection … Participated in Nike’s The Opening … A 2013 American Family Insurance First-Team All-USA Virginia Football selection … A second-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at defensive back … A first-team All-Metro selection by The Richmond Times-Dispatch as a defensive back … Played safety, recording four interceptions and 12 pass break-ups … Had 87 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble … Named Conference 3 Defensive Player of the Year … Recruited by Shane Beamer.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 27, 1995, in Chester, VA … Son of Cary and Shawnequa Reavis … Has a younger sister … Contemplated major is sports broadcasting, with hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster.



D.J. Reid

RB 6' 0" 190 Fork Union Chester, Va.



OF NOTE: Signed with Virginia Tech in 2013, but is spending a year at Fork Union …Ranked as the No. 4 prep athlete in the country, the No. 1 prep running back in the country and the No. 4 prep player in the state of Virginia by 247Sports.

RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 55 “athlete” in the country and the No. 16 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated the No. 22 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 28 player in Virginia in SuperPrep’s preseason issue … Ranked as the No. 234 overall player in the country, the No. 12 “athlete” in the country and the No. 11 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 60 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 43 running back in the country, the No. 76 player in his region and the No. 25 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on Sept. 27, 2012 … Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl … An honorable mention All-Metro selection at running back by The Richmond Times-Dispatch … Rushed for 1,159 yards on 170 carries and scored 10 touchdowns his senior year … Also caught 10 passes for 190 yards and a score … Rushed for 1,072 yards on 140 carries and scored 10 touchdowns as a junior … Recruited by Shane Beamer.

PERSONAL: Born 10/12/94 in Virginia Beach, VA … Son of Daniel and Wilma Reid … Has two older sisters and two older brothers … Contemplated majors are business and accounting.



Michael Santamaria

K 5' 8" 150 Athens Academy Athens, Ga.



RANKINGS:  Ranked as the No. 14 kicker in the country and the No. 179 player in Georgia by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 53 kicker in the country, the No. 629 player in his region and the No. 130 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Rated as a 5-star recruit and ranked No. 13 nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 7/12/2013 … A 2012 Chris Sailer Kicking Top 12/Event Elite honoree … Participated in the inaugural FCA All-Star game, making field goals from 33 and 48 yards … Seventy-eight percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks as a senior … Also saw time at quarterback, wide receiver, tailback and free safety … As a senior,  earned Region 8A All-Purpose Player of the Year honors for his performance … As a junior, was 44 of 45 on extra points, 5 of 8 on field goals with a long of 46 … A GACA all-state selection as a junior … As a sophomore, was 13 of 13 on extra points and 7 of 9 on field goals with a long of 38 yards … Named all-region and all-area as a sophomore and junior … Recruited by Torrian Gray.

PERSONAL: Born June 11, 1995, in Atlanta … Son of Pablo and Cyndy



Tyrell Smith

OL 6' 3" 260 Don Bosco Prep North Brunswick, N.J.



RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 125 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 44 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 56 offensive guard in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 84 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 140 player in his region and the No. 29 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/25/2013 … A 2013 All-New Jersey second-team selection … A first-team all-state selection by the Star-Ledger following his senior season … A second-team all-state choice by MSG Varsity as a senior … Recruited by Stacy Searels.

PERSONAL: Born June 22, 1996, in New Brunswick, NJ … Son of Fred Smith and Sandra Robinson … Has a younger sister … Contemplated majors are pre-law or communications, with hopes of working for the DEA or in the police field.



Steve Sobczak

DT 6' 1" 285 Massaponax Milford, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 41 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 84 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 42 player in his state by 247Sports … Rated as the No. 120 defensive tackle in the country, the No. 247 player in his region and the No. 47 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 11/25/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection … A second-team 5A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps as a defensive lineman his senior season … Named first-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star … A 5A-North All-Region first-team selection … Finished his senior season with 21 tackles for loss and recovered a pair of fumbles … A key offensive lineman for a dominant option offense … Named second-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star as a junior … Recruited by Bud Foster.

PERSONAL: Born April 8, 1996, in Newport News, VA … Son of Steve and Yahsa Sobczak … Father played football at JMU for two years before finishing his career at Newport News Apprentice … Has an older sister … Contemplated major is communications.



Greg Stroman

CB 5' 11" 165 Stonewall Jackson Bristow, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 22 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 127 “athlete” in the country and the No. 45 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 61 cornerback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 174 “athlete” in the country, the No. 228 player in his region and the No. 44 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 8/3/2013 … An Offense-Defense All-America Game selection … A first-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at “athlete” as a senior … The Conference 8 offensive player of the year as well … An All-Met honorable mention selection by The Washington Post … Rushed for 1,233 yards and 15 touchdowns on 133 carries while passing for 1,544 yards and 17 touchdowns on 92 of 167 passes … Totaled 2,777 yards and 32 touchdowns … Recruited by Torrian Gray.

PERSONAL: Born March 8, 1996, in Warrenton, VA … Greg, Sr., and Priscilla Stroman … Has a younger brother and a younger sister … Contemplated major is business or marketing.



Tabyus Taylor

RB 6' 1" 215 Hopewell Hopewell, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 30 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 71 “athlete” in the country and the No. 29 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 74 “athlete” in the country, the No. 92 player in his region and the No. 24 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 12/11/2013 … A first-team All-Metro selection by The Richmond Times-Dispatch as a utility player following his senior season … An All-Met selection as a junior as a wide receiver … Moved to quarterback as a senior and threw for 1,037 yards … Scored 29 touchdowns and shared the honor for Offensive Player of the Year in the 3A East Region … Played linebacker, defensive end and safety on defense … Recruited by Shane Beamer.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 24, 1995 in Hopewell, VA … Son of Orlando and Vannette Taylor … Has two older sisters and two younger brothers … Contemplated major is physical education.



Ricky Walker

DL 6' 2" 265 Bethel Hampton, Va.



RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 19 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 9 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 11 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 38 defensive tackle in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 299 overall player in the country, the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country, the No. 31 player in his region and the No. 11 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 10/6/2013 … A member of the ESPN300 … A Semper Fidelis All-America Game selection … A second-team 6A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at offensive lineman … A Newport News Daily Press All-Star two straight years … Missed two games his senior season due to injury … Recorded 73 tackles, including 15 for loss and 11 sacks, his final season … A first-team All-757 selection by Recruit757.com … Had 70 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior … Recruited by Cornell Brown.

PERSONAL: Born April 18, 1996, in Newport News, VA … Son of Richard Walker, Sr., and Asia Garcia … Has an older brother, a younger brother, and two younger sisters … Contemplated major is business.



Marshawn Williams

RB 5’11” 224    Phoebus, Hampton, Va.



OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.

RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 17 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 28 running back in the nation and the No. 13 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 227 player in the country, the No. 15 running back in the country and the No. 8 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 64 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 75 running back in the country, the No. 98 player in his region and the No. 25 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/5/2012 … A second-team Class 4A all-state selection by VirginiaPreps at running back … A 2013 American Family Insurance First-Team All-USA Virginia Football selection … After rushing for 1,854 yards and 31 touchdowns his first three seasons at Hampton High, transferred to Phoebus for his senior season … Rushed for 2,192 yards and 30 touchdowns (including eight in one game) on 265 carries, helping the Phantoms to a 10-2 record … A first-team All-Group 4A South Region selection … A Newport News Daily Press All-Star … The player of the year, as selected by the newspaper … The Conference 18/Ironclad Offensive Player of the Year … A first-team selection as well … A first-team All-757 selection by Recruit757.com … Recruited by Cornell Brown.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 6, 1996, in Hampton, VA … Son of Solomon Bassett and Tracey Williams … Has two older brothers and an older sister … Contemplated major will probably something related to science.