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   Tech Sports News

This Week in Recruiting
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com

All of the attention this week in recruiting has centered around Rover target James Griffin, who has canceled a scheduled visit to West Virginia and has told us he will have a signing party at his house Saturday.

Sources in the Tech camp feel very, very good about VT's chances with Griffin, but at the same time, Griffin has been telling recruiting services, including TechSideline.com, that LSU is very much on his mind.

For our latest TSL Extra update on Griffin, please click here.

Also this week, the Hokies took a hit when Lake Taylor's Terrell Golden committed to Penn State instead of Virginia Tech. Golden had narrowed his choices down to PSU and VT. He visited Virginia Tech last weekend and wasted no time after his return committing to the Nittany Lions. Golden was arguably Tech's top wide receiver target, particularly after Fontel Mines verbaled to Virginia.

In other news, longshot OL Joel Holler (Lancaster, PA) also picked Penn State, and Texas quarterback Bill Foran reportedly eliminated the Hokies from consideration.

To keep up with VT recruiting, subscribe to the TSL Extra, and we'll carry you through to signing day in early February. Also, click here to give the TSL Extra as a gift!

TSL Releases New Top 40

The other news in recruiting is the release of the latest TechSideline.com Top 40 for the State (Commonwealth, for you nitpickers) of Virginia. This is TSL's Postseason ranking. Here's a look at the Top 10:

TSL Ranking of the Top 40 Prospects for 2003 in Virginia
Version 004, December 2002
(RT Rank = Roanoke Times rank; from Doughty's 8/30/02 preseason rankings)

TSL
Rank

Prev.
Rank

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

High School
(Hometown)

Schools of Interest (O = Offer)

1

3

Xavier Adibi

LB

6'3"

200

Phoebus (Hampton)

VT (O), UGA, MD (O), NCSU, UT (O)

2

1

Vince Hall

LB

6'1"

235

Western Branch (Chesapeake)

VT (O), UT (O), PSU (O), MD (O), UNC (O), Clem, FSU, SCar (O)

3

4

Phillip Brown

CB

5'11"

190

Phoebus (Hampton)

VT (O), UVA (O), MD (O), NCSU (O), UT (O), WVU (O), CLEM (O)

4

2

Chris Ellis

DE

6'4"

230

Bethel (Hampton)

VT (O), UVA (O), MD (O), UNC (O), Pitt (O), WVU (O), IND (O)

5

12

Terrell Golden

ATH

6'3"

200

Lake Taylor (Norfolk)

PSU Commit

6

8

Chase Anastasio

CB/S

6'1"

180

Robinson (Fairfax)

UVA (O), VT (O), Stan (O), ND, PSU

7

10

Duane Brown

JATH

6'5"

250

Hermitage (Richmond)

VT Commit

8

6

John Kinzer

TE

6'4"

235

Robinson (Fairfax)

VT Commit

9

5

Matt Welsh

OL

6'5"

275

Centreville (Clifton)

VT Commit

10

7

Shannon Lane

WR

6'0"

180

Salem (Va Beach)

UVA Commit

You can see that the top four are the same, but there has been some shuffling, with Xavier Adibi taking over the top spot from Vince Hall. Terrell Golden cracked the top 10, shooting up from #12 to #5, and Duane Brown rose three spots.

The Hokies have a very good shot at signing the top four players in the state as ranked by TechSideline.com. The Roanoke Times and Rivals.com also rank those four players as the top four, albeit in different order (the RT has them ranked Adibi-Ellis-Hall-Brown, while Rivals has Brown-Ellis-Adibi-Hall).

We have updated our recruiting page with the new Top 40. To see all 40 players, click here.

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We're Through the Woods on Our Server Problems

As many of you noticed, we experienced some problems with the performance of the TechSideline.com web site in November and early December. The site was placed on a new server in November, and instead of going faster, it went slower ... a lot slower.

Our site hosts and admins worked and worked for weeks to find the problem, and about ten days ago, they finally had a "Eureka!" moment and flipped the magical switch that fixed our problems. We're happy to report that nearly two weeks later, the TechSideline.com web site is smokin' hot, running faster than it has ever run before.

Throughout the bad period, we received some comments on the message boards, but for the most part, everyone was very patient, and we thank you for it.

The improvements are just in time for the heavy-duty recruiting season. We will continue to work to make sure that we are able to keep up and running and keep you up to date as Signing Day 2003 (Feb. 5th) approaches.

-- Will Stewart

   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week


Beerman's Bowl Picks, Part 1
by Ben Shapiro, 12/17/02, 1:40 pm
B-B-B-BOWLING! It's the undercard, ladies and gentlemen. The lesser bowls that mean so much to so few. But here at Beerman Inc. we love all of our children equally, even if we wish a few of them would pick better friends and find a way to actually earn money.
in Voice of the Fan

Hokie Hotline Notes
by Joel Kelly, 12/17/02, 12:45 am
'Twas the week before Christmas and all through Hokie Nation ... not a creature was stirring ... except for the Hokie Football team getting ready for San Francisco!
in Hotline Notes

 
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