An outstanding young player who finished the spring a close second to Blake Warren for the top spot on the depth chart at the backer position ... Is expected to continue battling for the starting job when practice resumes in August ... Added over 20 pounds in the Athletic Performance program while being redshirted ... Plays with good football instincts and aggressiveness ... Can cover a lot of ground ... Has the speed to play in coverage and to blitz ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the Hokies' top defensive newcomer of the spring ... The main thing he lacks is experience ... Has a chance to become a playmaker for the Hokies when he gets some playing time under his belt ... 2003: Redshirted while working at the backer position during the fall ... Turned in a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump during scout team testing during the season ... His 365-pound bench press during spring max testing was tops among the inside linebackers ... Contributed three tackles, including one for a loss in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Was one of the team leaders with five tackles in the team's third scrimmage ... Contributed three tackles in the annual Maroon-White game ... High School: Named an All-American by PrepStar as a defensive lineman and an All-American by SuperPrep as a linebacker ... Played for Coach Bill Dee at Phoebus High ... Helped his team to back-to-back Group AAA championships ... Was a 2002 AAA first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... A first-team and defensive player of the year selection to the 2002 AAA Coaches all-state team at the defensive end position ... Named to the VHSCA All-Eastern Region first team as a defensive end ... Named to the first-team Newport News Daily Press All-Star Team as a defensive lineman ... A three-time Daily Press All-Star ... Was the leader of a Phantoms' defense that held opponents to fewer than five points a game ... Finished with a team-best 13.5 sacks and 100-plus tackles, including 31 for loss ... Also rushed for 575 yards and 11 TDs at fullback ... A first-team all-region selection at end ... A first-team selection to the 2001 AAA Coaches and Associated Press all-state teams at a defensive lineman spot as a junior ... Rated the No. 96 prospect nationally, the No. 12 player in the Mid-Atlantic region and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Virginia by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Ranked the No. 1 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Rated the No. 4 linebacker in the nation and the No. 1 player in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Personal: Xavier Oyekola Adibi ... Born 10/18/84 ... Son of Abiodun and Leanne Adibi ... Brother of former Tech defensive end Nathaniel Adibi ... Enrolled in university studies.