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Busy Month Ahead for Hokies
by Chris Coleman,

It's July, and we're a little more a month away from preseason football practice.  However, that doesn't mean that Virginia Tech won't be busy with football related activities in the month of July.

Besides the normal training for the upcoming season, there will be a lot of activities taking place on campus this month.  The first occurs this coming Tuesday, when many incoming freshmen will enroll for the second summer session.

Telvion Clark, D.J. Coles, J.R. Collins, Tariq Edwards, Antone Exum, James Gayle, James Hopper, Jayron Hosley, Cody Journell, Andrew Miller, Nubian Peak, Duan Perez-Means, Logan Thomas, David Wang, Jerrodd Williams, David Wilson and Tyrel Wilson are the scholarship freshmen who will enrolling at Tech on Tuesday.

Friday, July 10 will also be a big night for several members of the 2009 recruiting class.  Antone Exum, James Gayle, Cody Journell, Andrew Miller, Duan Perez-Means, Logan Thomas and Tyrel Wilson will play in the VHSCA All-Star football game.  The game will be held in Darling Stadium in Hampton at 7pm.

While many members of the 2009 class will be enrolling, the Tech coaches will be focused on the 2010 recruiting class.  The Hokies will hold the second of their two summer recruiting camps on Saturday, July 11.  As Will Stewart noted in his article earlier in the week, these camps are very important for Tech's recruiting efforts.

The Hokies already have 11 committments for the 2010 class, including two quarterbacks, four defensive linemen and three offensive linemen.  Tech is clearly focusing on the trenches and the quarterback position in this class.  They will try to fill out their class by adding committments from quality prospects and defensive back and linebacker.

Recruiting is important, but it only tides us over for football season itself.  ACC Media Football Kickoff will be held in Greensboro, NC from July 26 through July 28.  The media from the ACC region will convene and interview coaches and players, vote on their All-ACC teams, and determine their preseason picks for who will win the conference.  Virginia Tech is expected to be the top selection.

Shortly thereafter, the entire Virginia Tech football team will report back to Blacksburg to open preseason practice.  All players must be back on campus by August 5, and practice will begin on August 6.  The Hokies will have 22 preseason practices, including three full scrimmages, before opening their normal gameweek practice for Alabama on August 31.

Tech will travel to Atlanta on Friday, September 4, and then they'll take on the Crimson Tide on Saturday, September 5.

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For more info on TechSideline Pass, and to subscribe, click here. Updates From the Past Week
TE Basford Set to Take More Visits
July 2, 2009
Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, FL) tight end Neil Basford enjoyed a successful spring, tallying 13 Division 1 scholarship offers in total. Virginia Tech was the second school to officially offer the 6-5, 235-pound tight end and will host the talented rising senior on a visit next weekend.

Catching Up With Jim Pyne
July 2, 2009
Quarterback Maurice DeShazo once told Sports Illustrated magazine that Virginia Tech center Jim Pyne "even looks old." Long-time Hokies broadcaster Bill Roth later remarked that Pyne was a guy who looked good with mud and grass stuck in his helmet.

A July to Remember
July 1, 2009
July of 2006 set the world of Virginia Tech football recruiting on its ear. From July 5th, 2006 to August 1st, 2006 -- a span of 28 days inclusive -- the Hokies received an astounding 19 verbal commitments. By the time the hysteria was over, the way Virginia Tech recruited football players had changed, and it continues to change to this day.

Reports: Tech Lands Commitment #11
July 1, 2009
Multiple sources are reporting that Virginia Tech has received a verbal commitment from defensive end prospect Justin Taylor, a 6-3 1/2, 220-pound rising senior out of South Stanly High School (Norwood, N.C.).

Photo Gallery: VT's New Basketball Practice Facility
July 1, 2009
With the Hokies ready to move into their new basketball facility in about a month, we figured it was long overdue to bring you a photo gallery. We were not able to get inside the facility, but we got some good shots of the outside.

The Latest on Dynamic DE Kareem Martin
July 1, 2009
6-6, 230-pound defensive end prospect Kareem Martin, an outstanding athlete who excels on the gridiron and the basketball court, has become one of the most highly recruited defensive prospects in the state of North Carolina's 2010 class. Roanoke Rapids head coach Russell Weinstein updated the latest on his star prospect, who totaled 121 tackles including five sacks in 2008.

QB Young Remains Firm to Virginia Tech
July 1, 2009
H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) quarterback Ricardo Young committed to Virginia Tech on May 7th and claims to be solid in the decision he made. caught up with the 6-1, 170-pound rising senior signal caller, who remains excited about his college future in Blacksburg.

Skole Boasts ACC, SEC Offers
June 30, 2009
Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, GA) athlete Jake Skole has compiled an impressive list of scholarship offers, including Auburn, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. The 6-1, 188-pound rising senior has spent a good part of late spring and summer playing baseball, but he has also squeezed in a few unofficial visits and plans more in the coming months.

CB Rijo Walker Leads Bethel Into 2009
June 30, 2009
Bethel (Hampton, VA) cornerback Rijo Walker made a big splash his sophomore year, racking up an astounding 11 interceptions and helping the Bruins to a 10-2 record. The 5-10, 170-pound prospect, now about to enter his senior year, has become one of the leaders, on and off the field, of head coach Jeff Nelson's program.

Hokies Finish 46th in Directors' Cup
June 30, 2009
Another academic year is in the books, and Virginia Tech finished 46th nationally in the final Directors' Cup standings. The Directors' Cup is awarded each year to the school with the best overall athletics program in the country. Stanford won the award for the 15th straight year.
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Midlothian Star Commits to Virginia Tech
June 29, 2009
Virginia Tech has scored its 10th commitment of the 2010 class and its third offensive line commit of the class. 6-3 1/2, 290-pound Midlothian (VA) standout Matt Arkema, ranked #23 in TSL's In-State Top 30, pledged today while making an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech.
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