August 4, 2010

Hokies in pursuit of emerging talent

Despite the Hokies limited numbers, Virginia Tech has been on the hunt and not long ago put out an offer for an emerging target. has more on the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder inside.

"I'm glad to finally receive the offer I wanted," New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy wide receiver Alonzo Russell said of landing the Hokies offer a few weeks back. "I like the football tradition at Virginia Tech, they have a good graduation percentage and a good coaching staff. I like that they have a good history of winning also."

Russell claims to have been in regular contact with his recruiter, Kevin Sherman in recent months and has grown a fondness for the Hokies wide receivers coach.

"Coach Sherman is straight forward with me and what I have heard about him is that he's tough, but a good coach."

So far, Russell hasn't visited Blacksburg to date.

"I haven't visited and I haven't planned a visit yet either, I'm going to take one."

The offer by the Hokies for the emerging wideout is for January 2012 enrollment, which results in a year off after he works out some final details on his academics this upcoming semester in prep school at Milford Academy in New York.

"I'm ready to ball out and hopefully that will encourage Virginia Tech to move that year up since they want me to enroll in 2012."

In the meantime, Russell hasn't earned any other new offers to date despite landing ones from Pittsburgh and West Virginia last season.

"I haven't told any other coaches I have the Virginia Tech offer, but I plan on letting them know soon."

Russell posted 58 receptions for 1,081-yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

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