January 17, 2014
Tech football welcomes five January enrollees
The Notebook
The Virginia Tech football program will welcome five new scholarship members to its program when it reconvenes Monday afternoon for a team meeting to begin preparing for the 2014 season. Those five players are four recent high school graduates: running backs Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams, defensive lineman Vincent Mihota and quarterback Andrew Ford, along with 2013 signee Braxton Pfaff. All five begin classes Tuesday at Tech.

Pfaff signed with Tech last February and deferred his enrollment to this semester. The offensive lineman from Lynchburg was ranked as the No. 18 offensive guard in the country and the No. 17 player in his state by 247Sports coming out of Liberty Christian Academy.

McKenzie is from Washington, Pa., and played at Washington High. He is listed as the No. 25 running back in the nation and the No. 7 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals despite missing most of his senior season with a knee injury.

Williams is from Hampton, Va., and attended Phoebus High his final season. He rushed for 2,192 yards and 30 touchdowns (including eight in one game) on 265 carries and is ranked as the No. 15 running back in the country and the No. 8 player in the state by 247Sports.

Mihota, from Fredericksburg, Va., missed a majority of his senior season with a broken foot but is still ranked as the No. 14 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 10 player in his state by 247Sports. He played at Massaponax High and was his district’s defensive player of the year as a junior.

Ford, from Camp Hill, Pa., was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Pennsylvania and a Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state first-team selection after throwing for 2,776 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior at Cedar Cliff High.

Because Ford, McKenzie, Mihota and Williams are enrolling in January, none will sign a National Letter of Intent. Pfaff’s NLI from 2013 was still binding. Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 5 this year.

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