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Recruiting News: Hokies Land Harper, Flowers; Ore Next?
by Will Stewart,

Virginia Tech landed two football commitments this week, and by the time you read this, a third may be in the bag.

First, Hargrave Military Academy wide receiver Justin Harper (6-4, 190, 4.5 forty) committed Wednesday. Harper wants to enroll at VT in January of 2004. He has received qualifying grades and test scores, and VT has his transcripts (according to Harper), so if everything goes as planned, he will join Hargrave teammate and fellow VT commit, QB Cory Holt, at Virginia Tech in January.

Harper is ranked as a three-star player (out of five) by TSL.

Then on Friday, another Hargrave player, CB Brandon Flowers (5-11, 180, 4.5 forty), committed to Virginia Tech. Flowers is Tech's eighth verbal commitment this year (VT currently has ten players in the 2004 recruiting class, including the eight commitments, plus Cory Holt and D.J. Parker from last year, who are currently prepping at Hargrave).

Flowers, rated as a three-star player by TSL, is originally from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, FL, where he played with current VT wide receiver David Clowney.

Meanwhile, other sources are indicating that Indian River running back Brandon Ore (6-2, 195, 4.4 forty, three stars, ranked #11 in the state by TSL's Chris Horne) is also likely to commit to VT. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Ore had a press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon, and that sources indicated Ore was headed to VT. As of mailing time, the time of the press conference and Ore's decision had not been verified by

To see VT's list of verbal commitments for the 2004 recruiting class, click here.

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What former walk-on led the Hokies in tackles one season during the 1990's?

Check out the choices for this trivia question:

  • Steve Tate, 104 tackles, 1997
  • George Del Ricco, 130 tackles, 1994
  • John Engelberger, 88 tackles, 1998
  • Brandon Semones, 88 tackles, 1996

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TSL Suggestion Box

Many thanks for everyone's responses to previous Suggestion Box questions. Here's this week's:

TSL Pass subscribers: What subscription articles do you like the most, and which ones do you ... like the least? Please take your answers from the following list of features:

  • Chris Horne's recruiting updates
  • Chris Horne's recruiting war rooms
  • Will Stewart's game analysis articles
  • Will Stewart's columns
  • Jim Alderson's columns
  • Jeff Cockey's columns
  • Basketball-related columns (Rev. Zeke)

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Thanks, and we look forward to your suggestions!

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Project: Thank You, our annual player and coach appreciation effort that is directed by message board poster Nova Hokie 95, returns!  Now in its sixth year, PTY is a player appreciation effort designed to acknowledge and show appreciation for the hard work of each and every player as they prepare for the bowl game with a simple thank-you note. Click here for the details and how you can sign up to participate.

Pre-Game Social Before Dec. 27 ECU Men's Basketball Game in Norfolk

Come out and cheer for the Hokies as they take on the Pirates of ECU in Norfolk on December 27th! This game offers all Hokies in the Tidewater Area the chance to show the Virginia Tech basketball team how much we support them as they compete against ECU and prepare to enter the ACC next season. Go to:

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Date: Saturday December 27th

Time: Pre-game party starts at 530 PM, With Tip off at 700PM

Where: The Constant Convocation Center across from the ODU Campus on Hampton Blvd in Norfolk.

Cost: $20 includes one game ticket and entrance to the Pre-Game Party, which includes finger foods and a cash bar.

RSVP PLEASE contact JILL HENRY by NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 20th if you plan to attend at (757) 617-6189

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Vote for Jessica Clem in Athlon's Spirit Contest!

Alas, the last round of Athlon's spirit contest started under our radar, and as a result, VT's Jessica Clem has fallen far behind two other cheerleaders. There's plenty of time for Jessica to make up ground, if Hokies turn out in large numbers to vote for her!

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-- Will Stewart Updates From the Past Week

VT Recruiting War Room #9: Offense
by Chris Horne, 12/12/03, 10:30 am
Tech fans received great news this week, when talented Hargrave wide receiver Justin Harper committed to Virginia Tech. Harper is a big receiver with great athletic ability, in the mold of current senior wideout Ernest Wilford. Harper is a great addition to the wide receiver corps, and remaining targets at the position now include Eddie Royal, Derrick McPhearson, and Armand Cauthen. If they land two of the remaining targets, the wide receiving corps would be significantly upgraded, in my opinion.
in TSL Pass

The State of the Program, Part 2: The Offense
by Will Stewart,, 12/11/03, 2:10 pm
In this article, the second in our "State of the Program" series, we'll examine the offense, and we'll participate in every fan's favorite past time: second-guessing the play-callers in the booth. First, though, we'll take a look at some hair-raising statistics that explain a lot about Tech's struggles against the other powers in the Big East in the last three years.
in TSL Pass

Hokies Destroy VMI, 80-56
by Will Stewart,, 12/11/03, 12:40 am
Blacksburg, VA -- The Hokies ended the first half with a 25-4 run, breaking open a tie game into a rout, and Virginia Tech cruised to victory over VMI, 80-56. The Hokies were led once again by Bryant Matthews, who had 26 points and 8 rebounds, and Zabian Dowdell had his second 18-point game in a row, adding five assists.
in Men's Hoops

Hokie Hotline Notes for December 8, 2003
by Wayne Clevenger, 12/10/03, 10:40 am
Bill Roth opened the broadcast with the usual "news of the day" announcements. Former VT menís basketball coach Chuck Noe passed away. He was a coach at VT from 1955 to 1962 and was instrumental in the initiative to construct Cassell Coliseum. VT menís basketball player Bryant Matthews was named co-Big East player of the week. George OíLeary was recently named the new head football coach at UCF. The VT menís basketball team will battle VMI on 12/10 at 7 p.m. in Cassell and then play Radford on 12/13 at 7 p.m. in Cassell.
in Hokie Hotline Notes

Two Takes from Two Fans
by Phillip Wade and Random Hokie, 12/9/03, 10:40 am
The start of our "State of the Program" series last Friday has spurred a couple of readers to submit Voice of the Fan articles, one via email and one via the subscriber's message board. Here are two takes from two fans of the VT football program.
in Voice of the Fan

Ah, That Zany BCS
by Jim Alderson, 12/8/03, 2:10 pm
The final college football Saturday of the regular season certainly produced some memorable results. Not on the field, mind you, as viewers were offered the scintillating fare of one RUTS after another, beginning with the amusing demonstration of exactly why Notre Dame is now testing the conference waters as Walter Reyes found the going much easier against a lousy Irish defense than he did against Techís.
in TSL Pass

Tech Women Run Away From Alabama, 68-51
by Will Stewart,, 12/803, 12:35 am
Tuscaloosa, AL -- Virginia Tech women's basketball team broke Alabama's 53-game home non-conference winning streak with fierce second half defense and superior free throw shooting, winning 68-51.
in Women's Hoops

Buckeyes Hold Off Hokies, 62-57
by Will Stewart,, 12/6/03, 4:40 pm
Columbus, OH -- Ohio State built an 18-point first-half lead and then held off two second-half Virginia Tech rallies to down the Hokies 62-57 before 14,248 fans. Virginia Tech was paced by freshman guard Zabian Dowdell with 18 points, while senior forward Bryant Matthews added 15 before fouling out.
in Men's Hoops

VT Recruiting War Room #8: Defense
by Chris Horne, 12/5/03, 4:55 pm
Virginia Tech has its first big weekend official visits-wise, with a number of talented Hargrave players as well as West Charlotte CB Rod Council making their official visits.
in TSL Pass

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