January 14, 2011
Early enrollees breakdown
Signing Day is just a few weeks away, but Virginia Tech won't have to wait till summer to see at least a few of the latest prospects. The Hokies will see three recruits enroll this weekend as they are expected to make their way to campus over the next few days in preparation for the start of the second semester.
Here is a look by position at each of the expected prospects that will arrive on campus this weekend leading up to classes starting on Tuesday.
Position: Offensive Guard
Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County, 6-foot-4, 310-pounds
Recruited by: Billy Hite
What his coach says: "Virginia Tech is definitely getting a big frame, good feet and good work ethic. He's a hard working kid and a four-year starter. His football knowledge has grown a lot over the years. He knows all the blocking schemes and has a defined area," head coach Jason White said.
Hokiehaven.com says: Farris made the transition from tackle to his likely spot at offensive center as a senior this year. He could get a look as an offensive guard as well. As a center, Farris is strong and accurate with his snap even with the shotgun. Specifically as a lineman, Farris has a wide body and quick feet. He's a tough and aggressive player that has impressive strength. Farris has particularly good athleticism, enough so that he could be utilized as a pulling lineman if needed. Farris gained some weight in the offseason, but has since buckled down and has gotten in shape. Even with the work put in and his early knowledge of the calls from trips to Blacksburg this fall, it's going to take Farris time to adjust physically and mentally to the college game, especially with a full year away from the field.
Position: Defensive End
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, 6-foot-3, 235-pounds
Recruited by: Bryan Stinespring/Kevin Sherman
What his coach says: "He put more weight on from the beginning of the year to now and he's up to I want to say 235 or 240. He's a physical kid that shows good toughness out there. He was raw when he got here, but he has evolved and he's using his hands a lot more to get off. He's reading personnel. It's all-new to him until he got here
He has adjusted though
He's a hardworking kid that is trying to get better. He's putting in the time and effort to get better," head coach Troy Davis said.
Hokiehaven.com says: Taylor is an extremely raw defensive end prospect that has only played the position seriously for the last couple of years and saw significant time as a senior in high school as a blitzing linebacker. That changed a bit in his time at prep school where he fluctuated between defensive end and linebacker. The biggest difference this season for Taylor was his ability to gain weight, he's bulked up at Hargrave. Still, he is a raw prospect that is still learning the game of football and needs to still play under control as he has the speed to chase a play down, but needs to play better in space. Even though he's a tad undersized, Taylor's quick burst and good tackling skills are impressive. He still gets himself caught out of position with overpursuit. While his technique was very raw a year ago, it's improved some this season, but it's going to take time for him to develop even more in college, as well as gain more strength. It could take Taylor a good year or two still before he is a serious option in the two-deep.
Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson, 6-foot-0, 192-pounds
Recruited by: Kevin Sherman
What his coach says: "I've coached a lot of defensive backs, I've been at H.D. Woodson for 16 years. I specialize in that category and he is a versatile defensive back. He can play anywhere in the backfield both corner spots, field and boundary side along with strong safety and free safety. He's a very versatile guy. He's a big cornerback that has those intangibles to read the defense. He's got good feet, is fast and has a track background. He has leaping ability and knows the game of football," assistant coach Wayne Johnson said.
Hokiehaven.com says: Aromire has outstanding versatility as a defensive back. He has good size and terrific hips that help him change direction quickly. In high school, Aromire fluctuated between the two safety spots and cornerback and conceivably could play any of those in college. The most likely destination looks to be a lean towards the safety spot, where he could utilize his smarts to be the play caller back there at rover or the enforcer at the free safety spot. Easily Aromire's biggest attribute is his tackling and hitting, he lays a lick and that cannot be understated enough. Aromire has good closing speed as well, enough where he could easily be brought in as a blitzing safety as well. He occasionally has struggled letting receivers behind him, more at the corner spot and will need to improve his man-to-man coverage a bit in that aspect if he is to be a corner. Not to be overlooked, particularly with the fact he's enrolling at Virginia Tech is his ability on special teams, a sure tackler that makes good reads and can find the opening for the tackle, Aromire could make a big impact in that respect early on in his Virginia Tech career. He also is an accomplished return man.
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