December 21, 2010

Hokies land big commit

Commitments continue for Virginia Tech as pledge No. 17 came in on Monday night for the Hokies. After informing his other finalists of his decision today, the prospect spoke with about his pledge inside.

"I committed last night around 8:30 p.m.," East Stroudsburg (Pa.) East Stroudsburg South cornerback Kyshoen Jarrett said. "Coach was excited.

"You know, I only got to talk to one coach, Coach Gray, but he was excited. He told me that he was glad I'm a Hokie now and can't wait to get to work."

Jarrett committed to the Hokies despite never visiting the school.

"I've gotten a lot of good feedback, the same I had with Pittsburgh that it's a nice atmosphere," he said. "My head coach is actually friends with the guys on Virginia Tech's staff. He's been down there a couple times and tells me how it's a beautiful area and it's definitely a good education and good football.

"My main goal is to get my education and second is to compete and be the best I can be. I just get the feeling working with Coach Gray, he's got a lot of confidence and he just knows what he's talking about. He definitely understands through our conversations. I had that great feel since I got a chance to talk to my defensive back coach instead of with Pittsburgh, I dealt with the tight end coach most of the time until right at the end."

Obviously Virginia Tech's success with corners was a big factor as well as the chance to work with Gray further.

"Definitely, Coach Gray knows how to prepare his athletes and work them to the best of their ability," he said. "I could have gone anywhere, but it was just the attitude by Coach Gray, what he portrays as a coach. He knows what he's doing and it's worked for all the other corners, they fit in the league and have had successful careers and I'm no different."

A prolific special teams player as well the Hokies haven't discussed whether the Rivals250 prospect will see time there once he arrives in Blacksburg.

"I do punt and kick returns," he said. "Teams don't kick to me anymore, they kick to the other guys. Virginia Tech didn't get much into that part of It though."

In terms of playing time, Jarrett plans to work his way into the lineup as soon as he gets to campus.

"It depends on how I come in, learn the terminology and the way I play," he said. "I'm definitely coming in to play, I'm not going to be one of those that gets lost in the system. I'm definitely coming there to compete and I'm definitely bringing that attitude onto the field."

Jarrett plans to take his official visit to Virginia Tech on January 21st.

Of course, the key question in all of this is whether Jarrett is solid without visiting Virginia Tech to date?

"Yeah, I'm not taking any other visits anywhere."

Although he was working towards a January enrollment, Jarrett fell just one credit shy and instead will enroll at Virginia Tech this summer.

Jarrett posted over 1,000-yards rushing and four interceptions while earning player of the year in the league and area as a senior.

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