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In this edition of TSLMail: Recruiting updates on some of the top players in the state of Virginia, and a preview of the next TSL Extra.

   Recruiting News

Football: Some Top Players in Virginia

We were unable to hook up with any recruits this week (we'll keep trying!), so here's a quick look at what others are saying about some of the top football players in the state of Virginia that the Hokies are recruiting (each player's name is a link to their TSL Recruiting Database entry):

Ahmad Brooks (LB, 6-3, 230, 4.4, C.D. Hylton, Woodbridge) -- Brooks is the #3-ranked player in the state, and he's a mystery. SuperPrep has him favoring VT in 9/6 and 10/8 updates, but in 9/18 and 10/2 updates, Mike Farrell quoted Brooks through AERecruiting as saying that he "still" favors Virginia. Brooks lists Florida State in his top three with Tech and UVa.

Kai Parham (LB, 6-3, 230, 4.68, Princess Anne HC, Virginia Beach) -- Parham, the #4-ranked player in the state, continues to favor Virginia, as he has all along, with Florida currently running second. VT is in a list of his top six.

A TSL source indicated recently that the Tech coaching staff perceives both Parham and Brooks to be UVa leans at this point.

Mike Imoh (RB, 5-7, 175, 4.4, Robinson HS, Fairfax) -- Mike is the #11-ranked player in the state by Doug Doughty. Both Alliance Sports and SuperPrep reported recently that Mike favors VT over Georgia Tech.

Stefan Orange ( DB, 6-2, 180, 4.5, Culpeper HS, Culpeper) -- Stefan is the #12-ranked player in the state by Doug Doughty. Both SuperPrep and Alliance Sports have Virginia Tech and Virginia in a dead heat for Stefan. He will visit UVa on 12/7 and VT on 12/14.

Darryl Tapp (DE, 6-2, 225, 4.6, Deep Creek HS, Chesapeake) -- Tapp, the #24-ranked player in the state, loves Virginia Tech and just recently received an offer. He is also being recruited by some other heavyweights, such as Clemson, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. Although VT is a clear favorite, he wants to wait until Dec./Jan. to decide.

TSL will try to contact Tapp and his teammate, wide receiver Josh Hyman (#20 in the state) for comments in the near future. We're also trying to hook up with Northside's Justin London (#8 in-state) to get his thoughts.

   News Items From the Past Week

Last Week's Game: the Hokies shut out WVU 35-0 at Mountaineer Field to notch their third shutout in four games and to run their record to 5-0.
TSL Game Recap: Click here 
TSL Game Analysis: Click here

This Week's Game:
Boston College at Virginia Tech
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Time: 6:30
TSL Game Preview: Click here
TSL Roster Card (in Adobe PDF format): Click here 
TSL Roster Card (with larger print, come clipping of letters occurs): Click here

TSL Features This Week:
Hokie Hotline Notes -- 10/9/01
Fate is a Woman -- by Bill Glose, 10/10/01
Beerman's Picks -- by Ben Shapiro, 10/12/01

Other News Items:
-- Tech linebacker Ben Taylor (11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1/2 sack, 2 QB hurries) shared Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors this week with Boston College's Doug Goodwin. Tech's Andre Davis was named Special Teams Player of the Week for his 148 return yards (116 on six returns, plus one 32-yard kickoff return).

-- The first BCS standings for the 2001 season were originally scheduled to be released Oct. 15 but will not be released until Oct. 22nd, due to the lost weekend after the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks.

-- Tech's Oct. 27th game with Syracuse will kickoff at noon and will be broadcast on the Big East Game of the Week package.

-- The Hokie football team will start a new march up Spring Road to the Merryman Center prior to football games. The team will start the walk at 4:30 this Saturday and will be led by a motorcycle police escort, the Highty Tighties Band, the Tech cheerleaders with the HokieBird, and Coach Frank Beamer and the team captains.

   In the Next TSL Extra ...

The next issue of the TSL Extra (issue #12) is due to come out next Wednesday, Oct. 17, and here's a sneak preview of some of the articles we're planning:

Where Are They Now: J.C. Price -- former Hokie All-American DT J.C. Price is still in the area. Find out what he's up to now, and what happened after he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 1996.

Inside the Numbers: Special Teams Dominance -- everybody knows Frank Beamer's Hokies are great on special teams. How great? We'll break it down for you statistically.

The Future of Tech Football -- a position-by-position analysis, forecasting how good the Hokies are going to be in 2002, 2003, and beyond.

Popcorn, Pizza, and Pretzels -- on the lighter side, we take a look at the concession operations at Virginia Tech athletic events: who runs them, who gets the money, and why are things so darned expensive?

All this and more in TSL Extra #12. Click here to subscribe for just $24.95 per year, or to give the TSL Extra as a gift! Your subscription includes access to all the back issues -- loads of great Hokie reading!

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