An impressive young talent who ended up working on both sides of the football during his first year at Tech ... Took a redshirt in the fall while working as an offensive guard ... His strength and aggressive style of play prompted the Tech coaches to move him to the defensive line where the Hokies were hit hard by graduation ... Went through spring practice adjusting to the defensive tackle position ... Has the ability to make the move work, but will need more time to learn and adjust to the system ... His summer and preseason progress will help determine his role for 2008. 2007: Started off working at left guard, then moved to the right side during preseason practice ... Was redshirted ... Bench pressed 410 pounds during fall testing ... Posted a 390-pound front squat during the off-season ... Was moved to defensive tackle prior to spring practice ... Had a sack during the Hokies' final scrimmage of the spring. High School: Played offensive and defensive tackle for Coach Tom Hall at Manchester ... Registered over 90 pancake blocks from his tackle position as a senior and had over 80 his junior season ... Named first-team all-state by the VHSCA as an offensive tackle in 2006 and was selected to the second-team by The Associated Press ... Was also a second-team pick as a junior ... A two-time first-team All-Metro pick by The Richmond Times-Dispatch at offensive tackle ... Ranked the No. 10 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Listed as the No. 30 offensive guard in the country and the No. 21 player in the state by Rivals ... Rated the No. 14 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 52 offensive guard in the country by Scout ... Listed as the No. 15 overall player on the Virginia 33 by SuperPrep ... A member of the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Team ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar. Personal: Ibn Khalil Latif ... Born 10/7/89 in Richmond, VA ... Son of Khalil and Treva Latif ... Is studying sociology.