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E.L. Smiling and Chase Williams Commit to Virginia Tech
by Chris Coleman,

The Hokies received their 16th and 17th commitments of the 2010 recruiting class this week.  Bud Foster was the lead recruiter for Brooke Point wide receiver E.L. Smiling and Loudoun County linebacker Chase Williams, and they both committed to the Hokies within two days of each other.

Smiling plays for Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA, which has sent defensive ends Isaiah Hamlette and Lanford Collins to Virginia Tech over the past two years. He caught 24 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns as a junior during the 2008 season.

Smiling is 6-4, 185, and he was clocked at a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash at Virginia Tech's most recent football camp.

"E.L. has unbelievable upside," Brooke Point head coach Jeff Berry said. "He's an unbelievable player right now. He's going to be a game changer for us, but at the same time he's not anywhere near his potential."

Chase Williams is a 6-3, 240-lbs linebacker prospect from Loudoun County High School. He made 166 tackles and 33 tackles for loss during the 2008 season. He is expected to play the mike linebacker position at Virginia Tech. Williams chose the Hokies over offers from Miami and West Virginia.

Williams is the son of Gregg Williams, the former defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, and current defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. He is a very instinctive football player, and he's ranked the #10 inside linebacker prospect in the country by He is ranked the #13 player in the state of Virginia by

"He's obviously very excited and relieved that the process is over," Loudoun County head coach Todd Hill said. "He feels there is a great opportunity at Tech for him to be successful. He feels very comfortable with Coach Beamer and Coach Foster."

Hokies Don't Have a Great Record in Domes and on Turf

We are just 43 days and change from Virginia Tech's meeting with Alabama in the Georgia Dome. The Hokies will be playing inside a dome on artificial turf, a setting in which they don't have a great record.

Virginia Tech in Domes
Date Opponent Result

Dec. 30, 2006


31-24 L

Jan. 3, 2005


16-13 L

Nov. 9, 2002


50-42 L

Oct. 21, 2000


22-14 W

Jan. 4, 2000

Florida State

46-29 L

Nov. 14, 1998


28-26 L

Sept. 28, 1996


52-21 L

Dec. 31, 1995


28-10 W

Oct. 1, 1994


28-10 L

Virginia Tech is 2-7 in dome games in the Beamer Bowl Era. Their lone wins came 22-14 at Syracuse during the 2000 season, and 28-10 over Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl. Other than that, the Hokies haven't performed particularly well indoors, and they've lost their last three games in domes.

But is that record due to the fact that the Hokies are playing indoors, or that they are playing on artificial turf? Here is a look at Tech's games on artificial turf since joining the ACC.

Virginia Tech On Artificial Turf
Date Opponent Result

Oct. 18, 2008

Boston College

28-23 L

Sept. 27, 2008


35-30 W

Dec. 30, 2006


31-24 L

Nov. 18, 2006

Wake Forest

27-6 W

Oct. 12, 2006

Boston College

22-3 L

Oct. 1, 2005

West Virginia

34-17 W

Jan. 3, 2005


16-13 L

Oct. 9, 2004

Wake Forest

17-10 W

The Hokies are just 4-4 on artificial turf since 2004. Consider that the Alabama game is played in a dome and on artificial turf, and we don't have a recipe for success.

Pre-Game Tailgate for the Alabama Game

Join the Atlanta Chapter of Virginia Tech Alumni Association on Saturday, September 5 for our Pre-Game Tailgate!

Location: The Yellow Parking Lot of the Georgia Dome (on the corner of Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd and Northside Drive). Look for the Orange and Maroon Balloons!

When: September 5, 2009, 4pm-7pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets include hamburgers, hotdogs, all the fixins', dessert and beer!

FUN: Cornhole, Golf and other tailgate games will be available so come and join for some good 'ole Hokie Fun!

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Friday Q&A: July 24, 2009
July 24, 2009
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Boise State Game Officially Announced
July 24, 2009
Virginia Tech finally made the official announcement on Thursday that the Hokies will be facing Boise State at FedEx Field during the 2010 season. The game will take place on October 2.

Chase Williams: A Coordinator on the Field
July 24, 2009
Virginia Tech secured a commitment from Loudoun County linebacker Chase Williams on Thursday, and we were able to catch up with his coach on Thursday night for some comments.

Reports: Chase Williams Chooses Virginia Tech
July 23, 2009
According to reports by the Norfolk-Virginian Pilot and, Virginia Tech has landed a verbal commitment from Loudoun County High School linebacker Chase Williams. Williams is the 17th commitment of the Hokies' 2010 recruiting class, and the second in the last two days.

Catching Up With Nick Sorensen
July 23, 2009
A full decade has passed since Virginia Tech's glorious 1999 season, when the Hokies won every regular season game and earned the right to play Florida State in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship.

Brooke Point Wideout Picks Tech
July 22, 2009
The Hokies received their 16th verbal commitment of the 2010 recruiting class when Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) wide receiver E.L. Smiling announced his decision on Tuesday. Smiling is the first wide receiver commit of the 2010 class.

Report: Hokies to Play Boise State at FedExField in 2010
July 21, 2009
WTVR-6 out of Richmond reported Tuesday night that Virginia Tech will open the 2010 football season against Boise State at FedExField in Landover, MD. The Broncos replace Syracuse on the 2010 schedule, and the Hokies will have to fill another slot vacated by the Orange in 2011.
Also: E.L. Smiling Reportedly Commits to VT.

Five Players Who Must Stay Healthy in 2009
July 21, 2009
Injuries happen every year in football, and fans of each team cross their fingers and hope that those injuries don't happen at critical positions. Virginia Tech is no different, and there are a few critical players whom the Hokies will depend on to stay healthy this season.
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