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Recruiting: Robinson Duo Attracts Major Attention
by Chris Horne

Last season, the Robinson High School football squad captured the Virginia State Group AAA Division 6 Championship. Head Coach Mark Bendorf hopes to repeat last year’s success, and his chances are good with stars Chase Anastacio and John Kinzer returning for their senior seasons.

At 6’2" 200 lbs, Chase Anastacio plays about three different positions for Robinson. As a tailback, he rushed for over 1500 yards last season as current Virginia Tech Hokie Mike Imoh's backup. Coach Bendorf also uses him at wide receiver and defensive back, the two positions most feel Anastacio will end up playing in college. While he is a great offensive threat with his 4.5 speed, it appears most Division I schools envision Anastacio as an athletic defensive back prospect.

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"Chase has strength on both sides of the ball," said coach Bendorf. "He is certainly a tremendous offensive player. I think he is an excellent halfback, and that is what he will play this season. But it seems most schools want him on the other side, as a defensive back. Regardless, most schools consider him a top prospect."

Blocking for Anastacio is one of the best tight end prospects in the state of Virginia, 6’3" 250 lb John Kinzer. Kinzer is extremely versatile at the tight end position, something that coach Bendorf says separates him from other prospects in the region.

"He is an equally good blocker and receiver," said Bendorf of Kinzer, who caught 10 passes for 150 yards as a junior last season. "He has excellent feet and runs 4.8 in the forty. He is an effective receiver in our offense."

In addition to tight end, Kinzer also serves as the punter and place kicker for Robinson.

"Kinzer is a good kicker," said Bendorf. "I joke with opposing coaches that my kicker can beat up your kicker."

Thus far, Anastacio and Kinzer have been offered scholarships by over 30 schools, including Virginia Tech and Virginia. Anastacio also has offers from the likes of Stanford and Maryland while Kinzer has been offered by Penn State, Ohio State, and North Carolina.

Over the summer, Anastacio and Kinzer have taken many unofficial visits. A sampling of the schools each has visited includes Penn State, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Despite the many unofficial visits, neither player has narrowed down their respective lists this summer, as they plan to focus on their senior seasons at Robinson.

"Both of them will wait to begin the recruiting process following our senior season," said Bendorf. "This way, they can take their time and concentrate on recruiting at the appropriate time. Both are looking forward to their senior seasons."

Both are fully qualified for NCAA eligibility, as they are excellent students. Expect each to wait until early 2003 to make a decision on their collegiate destination. Check in with for updates on these two highly touted Virginia prospects.

Hokies Ranked #16 in the Coaches Poll
by Will Stewart,

The USA Today/ESPN Coaches' preseason football poll was released Thursday, and the Hokies are ranked right about where expected, at #16. Miami is #1 and is the only other ranked Big East team. Boston College (#30 with 85 points), Syracuse (#33 with 66 points), and Pittsburgh (#52, 7 points) were in the "Also Receiving Votes" category.

Here are where VT's opponents appear in the poll:

USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll
Preseason 2002 Rankings
Rank Team Points
1 Miami 1444
13 LSU 749
21 Marshall 280
26 Texas A&M 158
30 Boston College 85
33 Syracuse 66
52 Pittsburgh 7
55 Virginia 3
57 West Virginia 2

Nine of Virginia Tech's thirteen opponents this year received votes in the poll. The exceptions were Arkansas State, Western Michigan, Rutgers, and Temple.

For the complete poll, including a listing of the 61 coaches who participate in it, click here.

Football Notes

Media Guide on-line: The VT Athletic Department has released its 2002 Football Media Guide on-line in PDF format. The full guide is 46.4 megabytes and is downloadable in 14 sections that range from 1.5 to 8.7 megabytes in size.
Click here to access it on

Season Tickets on the Way: The ticket office has started sending out season tickets via UPS. If the athletic department has your email address, they will notify you via email when they ship your tickets.

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor Updates From the Past Week

Football News and Articles:
Freshman Football Players Report - by Will Stewart, 7/31/02
Tech's 2002 recruiting class reported yesterday, 29 players in all. The group includes 17 scholarship players and 12 walk-ons.
Also, Eric Green injured, Curtis Bradley hospitalized, Texas VTAA chapters offer commemorative T-shirt, and VT launches new baby Hokie Bird logo.

TSL Round Table #7 - by, 7/30/02
After a week off, our Round Table returns with their predictions for the 2002 Big East football season.

Hokies Solid #2 Pick in Big East - by Will Stewart, 7/26/02
Wednesday at Big East media day in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Big East media picked the Hokies 2nd in the Big East. This came as a surprise to yours truly.

Issue #21 of the TSL Extra - by Will Stewart, 7/24/02
Issue #21 of the TSL Extra is here, and this month's issue focuses on the VHSCA All-Star game and the beginning of a series of articles that ranks past Tech recruiting classes.

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