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Brandon Holland Verbals to VT
by Will Stewart,

Northside (Roanoke, VA) defensive lineman Brandon Holland (6-5, 289, 4.9 forty) has committed to VT, according to television and Internet reports. Holland is listed as a defensive end by TSL but could wind up anywhere on the DL or even on the offensive line.

Holland made no bones about who his top team was during the recruiting process, favoring Virginia Tech the whole way. "I'm just so close with the [VT] coaches. We talk all the time and I can talk to them about things other than football," he told TSL recruiting analyst Chris Horne three weeks ago.

Holland is rated the #20 player in the state by Chris Horne and #39 by Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times. He is the sixth commitment for VT's 2004 recruiting class.

Chris Horne will have more from Holland as soon as he is able to catch up with him.

Click here for Brandon Holland's player profile

Bell's on Board

In the post-game mayhem after Virginia Tech's Wednesday night game at West Virginia, we neglected to send out a TSLMail announcing that super-stud running back George Bell has committed to Virginia Tech. Bell announced his decision on the TV show "Countdown to Signing Day" just an hour or so before VT kicked off against WVU.

Bell, a consensus four-star recruit who is ranked as the #7 RB in the country by and #9 by, is a huge get for the Hokies, who signed no tailbacks in last year's class (Kenny Lewis, Jr. opted for professional baseball) and may lose Kevin Jones to the NFL after this season.

Bell suffered a knee injury four games into his junior season (he rushed for 600 yards in his first three games), and he finally made it back on to the field last Friday, for the first time in one and a half seasons. He reports that his knee is a hundred percent.

The most exciting news for Hokie fans is that Bell will enroll in January of 2004 and will get to go through spring football practice to help prepare him for next season, in case he is needed.

TSL's recruiting profile on Bell has a great Q&A session in which he gives his reasons for choosing VT, and when he actually made the decision (his answer will surprise you -- let's just say it came down to the wire). We also have four videos of Bell, so TSL Pass subscribers, check it out. And if you're not a subscriber, scroll down for info on how to sign up.

Click here for George Bell's player profile

Click here to view VT's 2004 verbal commitments

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