February 3, 2011
Coach goes in-depth on Hokies first commit
Virginia Tech landed commitment No. 1 earlier this evening for the 2012 class. Hokiehaven.com caught up with the first pledge's head coach to find out more on the newest addition for Tech.
"It's a great story," Creekside head coach J.T. White said of cornerback Davion Tookes. "He came in as a freshman and I was coordinator and he played wide receiver. He was a track guy and one of the fastest ninth graders in the state and country.
"His sophomore year he went back down to JV, then his junior year, my first year as head coach during the spring he stuck out and we stuck him at defensive back and he was lights out ever since. He had three picks this year and all returned for touchdowns, his shortest was 93-yards."
White noted that Tookes played through a broken hand this season while earning first team all-state honors.
"He broke his hand in the spring game and played the whole season with a rubber cast, he is tough as nails," he said. "
How did Virginia Tech come aware of Tookes?
"One of my new coaches I hired at linebacker actually went to high school with Coach Gray," he said. "He was calling Coach Gray the whole season about we got some guys who are going to be very good. Of course they came after Holsey first, but he was like, we got another big-time defensive back too."
The fact Tookes committed so quickly didn't surprise his coach.
"He's a Georgia boy, but he's been a Virginia Tech fan forever," he said. "When Virginia Tech came calling, it was a no brainer for him. He's been a Virginia Tech fan since Michael Vick."
White went a bit further on the Hokies first pledge.
"He's a great cover corner with great speed and what I really like about him is that he's spending time breaking down film, he's a film fanatic," he said. "He's going to get stronger and have a great senior year. He can lock down and for his size; I think he'll be up to 185 next year.
"I think his strength is what he needs to work on."
With Tookes in, how does that impact fellow corner and Tech offeree Holsey?
"It's going to have some influence," he said. "They are very good friends and I think Holsey likes Virginia Tech. Of course, that was his first offer and to date both of them only have gotten ACC offers, none from the SEC."
Even if Tookes gets other scholarships, White has no doubt his corner is solid with the Hokies.
"The first thing he told me tonight was, 'I don't care who calls, I'm going to Virginia Tech,'" he said. "He's a great kid and his mom did a good job with him. He's very respectful and never has attitude problems; he's a yes sir, no sir type. I think Virginia Tech is going to get a good one."
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