January 18, 2011
Hokies are first offer in for 2012 star
Virginia Tech has extended a new scholarship in recent days to a 2012 prospect in the Commonwealth. The offer is the junior prospect's first to date.
"Virginia Tech offered, that's the first one," Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird 2012 linebacker Deon Clarke said. "My coach called me on Saturday and told me Jim Cavanaugh called him and told him that he's giving me a scholarship.
"I like it a lot, I'm thinking about it. I just like everything they do, they do well on defense and they blitz hard and that's what I like to do."
The fact the Hokies are first surprised Clarke.
"I think it's great," he said. "I thought the first offer would be from Virginia, but Virginia Tech to come this quick is great."
The Cavaliers are the only other school showing significant interest at this time.
"They just came by recently and talked to my coach a bit and met with Anthony Harris," he said. "I am going to try to go up to see Virginia Tech and Virginia at some point in the spring."
Does either team lead?
"I think Virginia Tech is pretty well over Virginia cause of everything Tech has so far," he said. "I'm just looking for a school where I get along with the entire coaching staff and somewhere that can push me to the next level and get me where I need to be. I think Tech is a good place for me to start at."
Clarke posted 98 solo tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and two recoveries, one returned for a touchdown. Clarke earned first team all-district, all-metro and second team all-state honors.
"I got bigger and a lot better this year," he said. "They put me in better position to make bigger plays and trusted me a lot on defense."
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