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   Recruiting News

Cary Wade
Football: Defensive Back Cary Wade

Thursday night (9/27/01), we interviewed Robinson (Fairfax) High School defensive back Cary Wade, a 5-10, 175 pound senior who received a scholarship offer from the Hokies at Tech's football camp this past July. Wade is not ranked in Doug Doughty's latest top 50 recruits in the state of Virginia, but Doughty recently admitted that was an oversight, and he currently calls Wade a "borderline Top 25" player. Wade is an All-Region pick by PrepStar.

Wade is wide-open and has a top five of (in no particular order) VT, Pitt, Tennessee, Michigan State, and Syracuse. Thus far, only Pitt and VT have offered. Wade has the most exposure to Pitt, VT, and Syracuse, having camped at VT and Syracuse, and having visited Pitt unofficially.

He likes Pitt's campus, football facilities, and coaching staff ("They're really down to earth people"). As for Syracuse, Wade says he "wasn't impressed with their facilities. They're spread out, and you have to take a bus to get from one place to another." But he likes the Orange coaching staff, and Syracuse is very strong in Wade's academic field of interest, broadcast communications. "I'd like to go into that, or maybe sports marketing."

Wade has this to say about Virginia Tech: "I like that everything is right together (football facilities). I think I like a rural setting more than a city setting. But I need to get down there and see what it's like on a game day." He will be in Blacksburg for the Boston College, Syracuse, and Miami games, and he will probably officially visit Tech in December or January.

Wade is in no hurry to make a decision, and you can see why. He's got at least three schools (Pitt, VT, and Syracuse) that all look good for various reasons. He has not finalized what five schools he will visit officially.

Find out more about Cary Wade by checking out his recruiting database entry at

Hokie Men's Basketball Recruiting Gets Active

Tech men's basketball coach Ricky Stokes received three verbal commitments this month from players in Knoxville, TN, Winston-Salem, NC, and Richmond, VA. Here's the lowdown (with thanks to Doug Doughty for this information):

Committed 9/6/01: Winston Robinson, Bearden HS, Knoxville, TN
Stats: 6-6 small forward, averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 boards as a junior in leading Bearden to a 27-5 record.
Also Recruited By: Bowling Green, Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga, Towson State
Notables: the son of former Tennessee star Larry Robinson, an Appomattox native. May attend FUMA in 2002-2003 to develop his game. Will most certainly qualify academically.

Committed 9/10/01: Phillip McCandies, Parkland HS, Winston-Salem, NC
Stats: 6-8, 200 pound post player, averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks as a junior.
Also Recruited By: approx. 15-20 offers, including Southern Conf. schools, UNC-Wilmington, TN-Tech. Scouted by Wake Forest and UNC-Charlotte.
Notables: great defender with offensive range out to the 3-point line. Has the GPA to qualify but needs to raise his SAT by 50-60 points.

Committed 9/12/01: Markus Sailes, Highland Springs HS, Richmond, VA
Stats: 6-5 guard. Despite his size, is more of a point guard than a shooting guard. Averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists as a junior.
Also Recruited By: offered by Auburn, also recruited by Richmond and George Mason.
Notables: His HS coach says he more of a scorer than a shooter, a quick player who can slice and dunk with the best of them. No mention of academic status.

   News Items From the Past Week

Last Week's Game: the Hokies crushed Rutgers 50-0 in New Jersey last Saturday. In case you missed them, check out TSL's game recap and game analysis.

This Week's Game: Tech will take on Central Florida this Saturday at noon. Click here for a game preview, including a printable roster card (in Adobe PDF format) that you can take to the game.

Security will be tight at the game, so get to the gate early. Carry only the essentials into the game, because all bags, backpacks, etc. will be checked. And no "pass-outs" will be provided, meaning that you cannot leave the stadium and re-enter. For full details, see this press release.

TSL Features This Week:
Hokie Hotline Notes -- 9/25/01
The Routine -- by Bill Glose, 9/27/01
Beerman's Picks -- by Ben Shapiro, 9/27/01

   Did You Know ... ?

Here are some interesting parts of the site that may have escaped your notice:

Composite Schedule: TSL has a composite football schedule showing games for all VT opponents. Visit the Football Page and look for "Composite Sched" in the left-hand border.

VIP Emails: TSL has a list of email addresses for important people in Virginia Tech athletics. You can find the list, as well as a "VT People Finder" function, by clicking the VIP Email Addrs link in the left-hand border of the TSL home page.

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