June 13, 2007

Johnson shines at VT camp, happy to be a Hokie

Virginia Tech's one day camp was so successful last summer (following the event the Hokies received more than a dozen commitments!) that this year the Tech staff scheduled two one-day camps. This past weekend many of the state's top prospects from around the state, as well as numerous out of state prospects were in Blacksburg. Later next month, another group of top prospects will arrive in Blacksburg.

The one day camp allows the Virginia Tech staff to do two things. One, they are able to evaluate prospects up close and in person which can often lead to an offer Secondly the staff is able to spend time with prospects and allow the prospect to learn how they would fit into the Hokies' future plans.

Virginia Tech fans that follow recruiting certainly recall the landslide number of commitments following the 2006 one day camp. Commitments came fast and furious and most of the prospects had attended the one day camp.

This year is no different and with aforementioned success of last year's event, the Tech staff scheduled two one-day camps for this summer, one of which was this past Saturday. From talking to various athletes and other sources, the following in-state prospects stood out:

Perhaps the most talked about in-state prospect at the camp had already ended the suspense around his recruitment, and VT fans are happy that Stafford linebacker Jake Johnson is already in the fold. Johnson who had previously committed to Virginia Tech over two weeks ago after receiving offers from Maryland and Virginia. Johnson started to see his stock really take off after his performance at the Liberty Combine last month, and certainly other offers would have been forthcoming if he had not made an early commitment to the Hokies. Last season, Johnson earned all-district honors at linebacker with his performance. He racked up 125 tackles, 27 for losses, nine sacks, one safety and two interceptions. Johnson was excited about his performance at Tech this past weekend indicating he received high praise from the coaches and was listed among the most impressive (in-state or out) prospects in attendance.

VirginiaPreps.com was able to catch up with Johnson on Tuesday night and the linebacker was more than anxious to talk about his experience last Saturday in Blacksburg. In what might be a big understatement, Johnson said "I think I did pretty well on Saturday." So well in fact that some observers have indicated that it would not surprise them if Johnson played as a true freshman at the "Mike" linebacker position. "Coach Foster said he was real pleased with my speed and strength," Johnson went on to say. "I got some good feedback from Coach Beamer which was cool," Johnson added.

Asked what attracted him to Virginia Tech and Johnson replied; "The defense, it is has been rated among the top defenses in the country and I want a chance to contribute to that," and Johnson added "Coach Foster is one of the top defensive coaches in the country and I want a chance to play for him."

When asked about how he measured up with his peers on Saturday Johnson said "I think I did very good, there were several backs that got upset when they could not catch a pass against me, one running back was so frustrated he lined up five times to try and catch one on me - and he couldn't."

Johnson was not the only top prospect in attendance at the Tech camp on Saturday. Click here for updates on the following prospects: Hylton's Eric Martin (VT commit), Monacan's Justin Gilbert, Norview's Klinton Ruff, Brooke Point's Isaiah Hamlette, Smithfield's Dyrell Roberts, Ocean Lake's Marcus Davis, Edison's Ben Barber, and Salem's (Va. Beach) Lyndell Gibson - LINK

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