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Hokies Sign 20 Players to Letters of Intent

The Virginia Tech Hokies signed 20 football players to letters of intent today, ending one of the most hotly-contested recruiting seasons in recent memory. The class is highlighted by quarterback Marcus Vick (pictured at right).

Yesterday, with the commitment of Marcus Vick, the Hokies had a list of 20 verbally committed players. Today, defensive tackle Jimmy Williams verbaled and signed with the Hokies to bring the count to 21, but that number dropped right back down to 20 when QB Patrick Dosh reversed field and signed with Florida today instead of Tech.

Dosh's decommitment isn't a total surprise, because everyone knew he was receiving a late push from the Gators, but it stung the Hokie coaches, who wanted to sign two quarterbacks this year. Had they known the Dosh commitment was going to fall through, Tech might have pushed harder for James Banks or Derrell Jenkins.

On the positive side, DT Jimmy Williams' signing with Tech is a huge "get" for the Hokies. The massive (6-4, 305), fast (4.8 forty) Williams is expected to be in the two-deep at defensive tackle for the Hokies in the fall. Williams will have two years of eligibility at Tech.

Here is a list of the signees, sorted by position. Each player's name is a link to their TSL recruiting database entry.

Virginia Tech Football Signees, Recruiting Class of 2002
QB Vick, Marcus 6-01784.4Newport NewsVA
RB Imoh, Mike 5-71754.4FairfaxVA
WR Lee, Fred 5-101754.4HarrisburgPA
WR Hill, Brenden 6-31954.6Newport NewsVA
WR Parker, Robert 6-11904.5ChesapeakeVA
OL Martin, Jimmy 6-52855.1Fork UnionVA
OL Gore, Brandon 6-63155.2BealetonVA
DL Williams, Jimmy 6-43054.8PasadenaCA
DL Burnett, Chris 6-32554.7BedfordVA
DL Lewis, Jonathan 6-22904.9RichmondVA
DL Burchette, Noland 6-32254.6RichmondVA
DL Tapp, Darryl 6-22254.6ChesapeakeVA
DL Veney, Lamar 6-52604.9Stuarts DraftVA
DB McPherson, Brian 6-01804.5AmherstVA
DB Rouse, Aaron 6-41954.5Virginia BeachVA
DB Hodges, Demetrius 5-101754.5West Palm BeachFL
DB Wade, Cary 5-111804.5FairfaxVA
ST Schmitt, Nic 6-3230naSalemVA
ATH Rutherford, Antoine 5-111804.48HollywoodFL
ATH Williams, Jimmy 6-42054.51HamptonVA

PrepStar has ranked Virginia Tech's class #24 in the nation, with two PrepStar Dream Teamers (Vick and Jonathan Lewis) signing with the Hokies. has Virginia Tech ranked #43, but that does not include the Patrick Dosh decommit. ranks Vick the #8 player in the country in its list of the Top 100 Players.

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