February 26, 2011

Hokies pull big Junior Day commit

Junior day today proved to be a success as the Hokies came away with a commitment this afternoon. Who pulled the trigger for Virginia Tech on the day?

"I committed," Hope Mills (N.C.) South View 2012 linebacker Dahman McKinnon said. "When it was all over, Coach Wiles told me to wait outside the door and while everybody was leaving he came up to me and asked how everything was. He told me basically if I wanted to I could commit now or later, I told him I'll commit right now, coach shook my hand.

"All the other coaches were very excited. The linebackers coach, Coach Brown came over and was really excited, he was like great."

McKinnon's mother and grandfather were in attendance and both thrilled with the decision.

"My granddad and mother were excited, my mom went and bought some Hokie gear right after," he laughed.

The commitment was a surprise even for McKinnon as he wasn't even positive he'd be able to make the trip, but in the end the unofficial visit proved to leave a lasting impression.

"I was very, very, very impressed," he said. "I met all the coaches, I met Frank Beamer and everybody seemed pretty cool. They showed a lot of interest in what they want me to do and it was similar to things I do at South View. It's the same at the next level, the collegiate level. I was impressed with that. The facilities were great and when we were at College GameDay, the fans they were tremendous, I can only imagine the football, I was very impressed."

A key component from the day was McKinnon's time with his position coach, new outside linebacker coach Cornell Brown.

"He was great, I could see myself working with him," he said. "He's got a very outstanding personality and seemed to be a down-to-earth type of person, very open. He had played there before and it was good.

"The main thing that got me to commit today was when I was watching film with Coach Brown he was showing me the positions I'd be playing and kept saying, 'That'd be you or this is going to be you.' He was saying they watched my film and I was the most exciting player to watch, I loved the whip position, all the blitzing and stuff, that's all what I love to do. I fell in love like that and it was all the coaches too and my film session with Coach Brown and Wiles."

McKinnon touched on the whip position more.

"I like the different blitzing schemes for that position and how they can unleash me and let me do what I love to do, that was by far my favorite thing."

Overall it was a good trip obviously and McKinnon is thrilled to join the Hokie family.

"The only thing that was kind of different was that it was rural, but that didn't take long to get used to," he said. "I liked it all together, meeting some of the players, they were cool, it was all comforting and it literally felt like my high school, it was a perfect fit."

McKinnon mentioned he has the ability to graduate early, but plans to graduate on-time during the summer next year before enrolling at Virginia Tech.

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