July 16, 2007

Lorenzo Williams makes his pick

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It's been a whirlwind day so far for Virginia Tech. The Hokies have picked up their second commitment of the day today with a pledge from Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover Senior safety Lorenzo Williams. The 6-foot-2, 179-pounder committed to the Hokies after attending their camp and earning an offer this past weekend.

"I verbally committed this morning," he said. "I talked to coach Wiles and then coach Beamer. They were very happy. They told me I have a great future at Virginia Tech. I'm really excited about it too.

"Now they said they want to get to know me and my parents even more and emphasized taking care of my grades."

It's been just two days since Williams attended camp at Tech. What made him decide so quickly?

"I just liked everything about them, the winning tradition, good school and all the coaches have been there for a very long time," he said. "They have a really great atmosphere too."

One coach in particular stood out to the two-star prospect.

"I really like coach Gray," he said. "I like his youthfulness and I could tell that he loves the game by the way he coaches. They also have a really great secondary. They were ranked No. 1 in the nation last year, so you can tell he knows what he's talking about and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"I like coach Beamer a lot too. He really emphasized my grades and keeping them up. I have great grades already (3.7 GPA), but he talked about taking the right classes and thinks I have a great future at Virginia Tech. He's happy to have me on board."

Virginia Tech likes bigger cornerbacks and Williams will get his first shot there when he arrives in Blacksburg.

"They are talking about me playing cornerback," he said. "That's the position I've wanted to play, that's my favorite."

The No. 28 prospect in the Tar Heel State is glad to have the decision behind me.

"I'm done with recruiting," he said. "I just felt like the process was getting old. I wanted to make my decision and focus more on the football team and this season."

Williams selected the Hokies over offers from Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia. Despite his stellar academic record, Williams plans to graduate on-time.

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