December 1, 2008

Hokies acquire local stud DT

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Virginia Tech added to their impressive recruiting class in the past day. The Hokies picked up a pledge from a three-star lineman out of the Commonwealth who selected the Hokies over numerous other offers.

"He texted me about his decision yesterday (Sunday) around 6 p.m.," Richmond (Va.) Varina head coach Stu Brown said. "I haven't had a sit down with him, but I think he found his comfort zone with Virginia Tech, he was comfortable with the players and coaches. I think he felt like he fit with the players, personality wise and socially. I think it's a good fit for him, plus it's in state. That is what I'm most proud of.

"I thought all along Virginia Tech was as good of a fit as any just for the simple fact that by DeAntre going to Tech, he would get on the field as soon as anyone. He will help them out as soon as he's done with his redshirt year. I think it's a perfect fit. It's close and somewhere his family can watch him play. I'm excited about the idea. He was very mindful of his decision and did a good job. He's a thinking man and it's a perfect fit, Tech got a good one."

Brown explained more on the three-star prospect's decision.

"They are getting a player this year that played both sides of the ball," he said. "He has a lot of energy and fits in well with Bud Foster's defense. A lot of times he had to play both ways, but when he is rested he is as good as anybody. He's a dominating player. I'm biased, but in these recent weeks against Highland Springs, Hermitage and Meadowbrook he dominated them. He's strong, plays fast and plays hard."

What does Rhodes need to still work on as he prepares for the next level?

"I think he needs to play at a lower pad level, that will come," he stated. "That comes with strength and conditioning and getting strength in his lower hips. He's ahead of the game by the simple fact Kevin Lewis has worked with him. He's been at the college and pro ranks and DeAntre comprehends the defensive line drills they are doing. He knows how to stop the run and pass rush. He is multitalented too. He can play inside at tackle or at the ends."

The Hokies got a good person in Rhodes as well.

"He's a stand up guy. He has been a man early in his life," he said. "He has more on his shoulders than most people and is mature for his age. It's not been easy for him, everything he has gotten he's earned.

"We are talking about a kid who puts his mind to something he'll do it. He juggles more in life than an average teenager and performs at a high level. Tech got a good man, cause he's a man right now."

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