April 28, 2009
Hokies taking the next step
The Notebook
Virginia Tech cornerback Victor “Macho” Harris might have been the only Tech player taken in this past weekend’s draft, but he isn’t the only Hokie who’s taking the next step to the professional ranks as four other Tech players have inked free agent deals.

Defensive end Orion Martin (Miami), quarterback Sean Glennon (Minnesota), center Ryan Shuman (Green Bay) and fullback Devin Perez (Cincinnati) had all signed by Monday afternoon.

Harris, who was a first-team All-American this past year, was taken in the fifth round by Philadelphia. He becomes the first Tech player to be drafted by the Eagles since William Boatwright was taken by Philadelphia in 1992 and it marks the 17th straight season Virginia Tech has had at least one player taken in the NFL Draft.

Following the completion of Sunday’s action, four players signed as undrafted free agents. Martin, who has spent the past two Decembers practicing in the south Florida sun for the Orange Bowl, will have plenty of Tech players helping him with his new surroundings. Currently, Brandon Frye, Ernest Wilford, Eric Green and Jake Grove are all on the Dolphins’ roster.

Glennon will be re-united with former Tech quarterback coach Kevin Rogers in Minnesota while Shuman will have former Tech player Aaron Rouse in Green Bay. Perez will have former Tech kicker Shayne Graham in his corner in Cincinnati’s locker room.

Should any more players sign deals, we’ll add them to the list.

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