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Logan Thomas Commits to Virginia Tech
by Chris Coleman,

Virginia Tech scored a big commitment last night shortly before the start of the Maryland game. Brookville (VA) High School standout Logan Thomas made his much anticipated pledge to the Hokies, giving Tech a verbal from one of the top players in the state as well as the nation.

Thomas is a 6-6, 225-lbs athlete who plays quarterback for the Brookville Bees. He chose the Hokies over four other finalists: Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. He also had offers from schools such as Clemson, Penn State and Tennessee.

According to TSL recruiting analyst Chris Horne, Thomas is being recruited to play wide receiver at Virginia Tech. He is's #4 player in the state of Virginia.

Thomas is highly thought of by as well. Rivals lists him as a 5-star player, the #1 tight end recruit in the nation, and the #26 overall prospect in the nation. He is a huge pickup for Virginia Tech's 2009 recruiting class.

Whatever position he plays for the Hokies, he is certainly a talented prospect.

"He has the best hands I've ever seen," Brookville head coach Jeff Woody said in an interview with Chris Horne.

Thomas is the second national top 50 player to commit to Virginia Tech in this recruiting class. GW-Danville tailback David Wilson verballed back in July. He is listed as the #6 running back in the nation by Rivals, as well as the #45 overall prospect. Despite their struggles on offense this year, the Hokies are still landing some highly-touted offensive players.

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Evans Breaks Single Game Rushing Record

Darren Evans made history on Thursday night, breaking Mike Imoh's single game rushing record at Virginia Tech. Evans ran for 253 yards in Tech's win, surpassing Imoh's record by 10 yards. He got the record on his final carry of the game, a 29 yard run. Imoh's record had stood since the 2004 North Carolina game.

This is the third time the Tech single game rushing record has been broken since the 2003 season.

Top Three Virginia Tech Single-Game
Rushing Performances
Player Year Opponent Carries Yards TDs
Darren Evans 2008 Maryland 32 253 1
Mike Imoh 2004 North Carolina 32 243 2
Kevin Jones 2003 Pittsburgh 30 241 4

Kevin Jones did it at Pittsburgh in 2003, running for 241 yards on 30 carries. He scored all four of Tech's touchdowns in their narrow 31-28 loss to the Panthers that night. It seemed like a record that would stand for quite some time, but Mike Imoh broke it the very next season at North Carolina.

Jones and Imoh were both juniors when they set the record. However, Evans is just a r-freshman. Not only did he set the record, but it was the first 100 yard rushing game of his career as well. No Virginia Tech tailback has rushed for over 100 yards in a game since Branden Ore did it in the Orange Bowl.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Evans' performance was how strong he ran in the fourth quarter. He had 12 carries for 87 yards in the fourth quarter, including seven carries for 77 yards on Tech's final drive.

The Hokies needed to chew up the final 5:38 off the clock, and they repeatedly handed the ball to Evans, who just kept picking up first downs. He had runs of 20, 9, 12 and 29 yards on the final drive. His final run of the game was the 29 yarder, which gave him the Tech record.

Not only was Evans running fast, but he was running through the tackles of a demoralized Maryland defense. On one of his carries in the final drive, he absolutely decleated Maryland free safety Terrell Skinner, who is listed at 6-3, 214. Evans is listed at 6-0, 210.

Not only was it a big night for Evans, but it should serve as a big shot in the arm for the Virginia Tech offense as well. The Hokies were expected to be able to line up and run the football effectively this year. That hasn't happened consistently, but it certainly did last night. Though Maryland's defensive line was a step or two down in talent from UNC, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Boston College, it still has to feel good for the Tech offensive line to impose their will like they did on Thursday.

Evans now has 772 rushing yards on the season, and he's averaging 85.8 yards per game. At this pace, he'll have 1,029 yards after Tech's final regular season game. The Hokies will be going bowling again this year, and could find themselves playing for the ACC Championship yet again. Evans could potentially play in five more games. Right now, he's a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year in the ACC. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Evans Powers Hokies to 23-13 Win Over Maryland

November 7, 2008
Virginia Tech got back to the basics on Thursday night, using a power running game to control the clock and knock off #23 Maryland 23-13 in Lane Stadium. Darren Evans ran for a school record 253 yards in the victory, outgaining Maryland's offense all by himself. The Hokies improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in ACC play. They still control their own destiny in the Coastal Division.

Virginia Tech Gains Big-Time Commitment
November 6, 2008's fourth ranked prospect in the state of Virginia's 2009 recruiting class is off the board. Brookville High School (Lynchburg, VA) star Logan Thomas ended his recruitment today, verbally committing to Virginia Tech just hours before Tech's home contest against Maryland. The 6-6, 225-pound U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection chose the Hokies over four other finalists including Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Varina Notes: The Latest on Rhodes, Juniors
November 6, 2008
As Varina (VA) heads into its regular season finale tomorrow night, star senior defensive tackle recruit DeAntre Rhodes continues to keep quiet on his recruitment. There has been at least one new development in this recruitment, as the 6-3, 280-pound prospect recently scored another Division 1A offer.

Keys to the Game, Matchups to Watch and Game Prediction: Maryland
November 5, 2008
Another week, another big game in the ACC. Every game in the ACC has become critical, with almost every team still holding out hope for a division title. Virginia Tech returns home after two tough road losses to Boston College and Florida State to face a resurgent Maryland Terrapins team that is nationally ranked (#23) and the only ACC team with just one conference loss. The Hokies badly need a win, and returning to Lane Stadium on a Thursday night certainly helps, but will Tech be able to handle the Terps with the current questions at quarterback?

VT Commit Notes
November 5, 2008
Playoff time is near, or has arrived in some cases, and a number of Virginia Tech commitments face big games this week. Check out the feature on place-kicker Cody Journell, who updates his senior season and looks ahead to his preparation for Virginia Tech. TSL also updates the latest on a handful of other commits in what is an important week for many.

TSL Audio: The Jerry Miller Show, 11/4/08
November 5, 2008
Yesterday, Chris and Jerry previewed Thursday's game against Maryland. They discussed quarterback issues, how the Hokies can beat the Terps, and injury issues on Maryland's side of the ball (WMA format, approx. 3.0 MB, approx. 13 minutes long).
The Jerry Miller Show appears on The Sports Addict Radio Network every afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm in Blacksburg (1430 AM), Charlottesville (840 AM), and Bluefield (1050 AM), and from 2:00-4:00 in Martinsville (1160 AM).

Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland
November 4, 2008
After playing four of their last five games on the road, Virginia Tech returns to Lane Stadium for a huge Thursday night showdown with Maryland. This should be strong medicine for a wounded Tech team that has lost two games in a row. On the other hand, how well can the Hokies play if they have to go with third string quarterback Cory Holt?

Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/3/08
November 4, 2008
Monday night's Hokie Hotline had four guests and lots of great information. The guests were equipment manager Lester Karlin, who dished on the uniform choice for Thursday night; atletic director Jim Weaver, who brought us up to speed on the season-opening football game next year; head football coach Frank Beamer, who reversed his field on special teams personnel changes; and head men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg, who told us how the team is looking so far in practice and last weekend's Georgetown scrimmage.

Gregory Doing Well at FUMA
November 4, 2008
Running back Tony Gregory has turned in a solid season for Fork Union Military Academy's Postgraduate program, highlighted by a 22-carry, 186-yards and 2-touchdown performance against North Carolina Tech and an 11-carry, 144-yard, 2-score performance in a win over Averett. Gregory has been pleased with his season and his development under FUMA head coach John Shuman.

Mackey Talks Recruiting, Season
November 3, 2008
6-5, 260-pound defensive end Leon Mackey turned in a big-time performance in Hargrave Military Academy's 35-25 win last Friday, racking up four tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Mackey has led Hargrave's postgraduate squad in sacks this season, establishing himself as a premier defensive end prospect and sparking the interest of college coaches from across the country.

Whistling Past the Graveyard?
November 3, 2008
A thought struck me as I looked over the BCS rankings yesterday: there are four ACC teams ranked in the BCS, and none of them goes by the name "Virginia Tech." The Hokies are struggling on offense, are giving up big plays on defense and special teams, and are on the verge of starting a QB who has never been able to crack the two-deep. Yet I feel good about the remainder of the season. Am I just whistling past the graveyard?

Around the ACC: Week 10
November 3, 2008
The ACC waters are still murky after another round of conference games. Five of the six teams in the Coastal Division are tied with two conference losses. Maryland sits atop the Atlantic Division with just one loss, but they have a very tough game coming up on Thursday night in Blacksburg.

Checking in with Top Recruit D.J. Coles
November 3, 2008
One of Virginia Tech's top 2008 signees hopes to enroll at Tech in January of 2009. Enrolling in just a few months remains a possibility for 6-4, 208-pound wide receiver D.J. Coles, who is attending Fork Union Military Academy after starring at Goochland High School.

Glennon, Taylor Getting Limited Reps
November 3, 2008
Heading into the last three days of preparation for Thursday's game against Maryland, quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon are receiving limited repetitions in practice. The lion's share of work at the QB position is going to Cory Holt, and Thursday night's starter will be a game time decision.

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