July 13, 2010

Beamer, Hokies offer sleeper

Virginia Tech isn't shying away from putting offers on the table. The Hokies have extended a new scholarship earlier today. Who's the latest prospect to land an offer from the Hokies?

"I got an offer today actually, this morning," Suffolk (Va.) Nansemond River defensive end Dewayne Alford said. "I talked to Coach Newsome and he just said it was a full offer, a greyshirt offer.

"He told me they went back to look at the film and talked it over again. They were making sure this is what they really wanted to do and they were comfortable with it."

Clearly Alford impressed on Saturday, how did he feel about his performance.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "I always feel I could have done better. I think I showed my speed and strength. Last time I went there I was a little smaller, I put on about 20-pounds and got better altogether."

The offer for Alford is his third joining Old Dominion and James Madison. What does it mean to get his first Division I scholarship?

"To me, it means a lot," he said. "I feel like before I went to private school and didn't go against the best competition, then I transferred to Nansemond River last year. I think I showed I could compete with the big names. It really shows that hard work does pay off and works out in the long run."

So, with all that said, what does he think of the Hokies?

"I like it," he said. "It's a very good place to play. I'm trying to get the best fit academically and athletically. I think I fit what they are looking for as a person. I'm excited.

"They have a great coaching staff that knows what they want. They know what they want to do and I can't ask for any more than that. I also like coach Newsome, he's a great guy. I think he sees the future in prospects and players. He really believes in me and he always talks good things. He's nice and positive, he's a good guy."

With a major offer on the table, Alford has some decisions to make.

"I haven't really thought about a decision or what I'm going to do," he said. "I know we're all going to sit down and talk about it as a family. We're going to weigh the pros and cons. I don't know when we're going to do that, but I'm just grateful for the opportunity and to be considered for a scholarship. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many players get."

Alford is reluctant to name a leader at this point in time, maintaining he is contemplating all his offers. He is also receiving interest from William & Mary, Marshall, Elon, Richmond, Virginia and Tennessee. There is the possibility he may head to camp to Tennessee on July 20th.

With all that said, what does he want in a school?

"I'm looking first for a good school academically and then a school I socially fit in at," he said. "I'm looking at the people around the school, not just the football team. I want somewhere I'm comfortable at and football wise as well. I'd like to be a physical therapist, so I'm looking at kinesiology, health and nutrition or a field like that."'

While Alford is reluctant to give a timetable on a choice, his coach discussed it further.

"There's no pressure on him," Nansemond River head coach Tracey Parker said. "I think they are going to make a decision and have it all behind them before the season starts."

Alford is a bit of a sleeper right now, Parker discussed his star recruit further.

"Dwayne is a well kept secret," he said. "He's 6-foot-2 or 3 and 220-pounds and runs a 4.5. He can jump out of the gym and is just a good looking kid. He came to us last year from private school and we've only had one year with him.

"He's begun to get a little more interest and deservedly so. He's got a 3.0-plus and is a good character kid. He comes from a good family and has worked really hard.

"When you look at him you don't say he's 220-pounds. A lot of coaches think he can grow to 250 or 260 and be a defensive end or linebacker and create havoc. I think that's what they visualize. He's a tough kid as well and I think I can tell when a player is decent; I've coached Jimmy Williams and Chris Ellis. He's going to be an impact player in the Southeastern district. He's a little under the radar, but I look forward to seeing how he progresses this season."

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