Tech Signs 17 To Football Grants
Hokies sign six Virginians.
February 2, 2000

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Ten players who earned postseason All-America honors from one or more recruiting publications highlight Virginia Tech's latest football recruiting class. The class includes 17 student-athletes who signed grant-in-aids with the Hokies on Wednesday and one who enrolled at Tech in January.

Wide receiver Richard Johnson of Baltimore, Md., and free safety/linebacker Chad Cooper from Herndon, Va., lead a contingent of six Tech signees who were named postseason All-Americans by both SuperPrep and PrepStar magazines. The others are offensive lineman Jonathan Dunn of Virginia Beach, Va., defensive back Mike Daniels of Fairfax, Va., tight end Jared Mazzetta of Flemington, N.J., and defensive end/tight end Jason Lallis of Mitchellville, Md.

Joining that group as PrepStar All-Americans are linebacker/running back Josh Spence of Riner, Va., linebacker Mikal Baaqee of Columbia, Md., defensive back Vincent Fuller of Baltimore, Md., and punter Vinnie Burns of New Orleans, La.

"This is a well-balanced recruiting class that features some highly-regarded linemen, skilled position players and special teams performers who we feel are a good fit for our program," said Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "The class continues our emphasis on speed and athleticism. It is the type of class that can help keep us competing on a high level."

The Hokies signed six Virginians, including one who attended prep school in the state last fall. Tech's in-state signees include four of the top 10 players off The RoanokeTimes' Top 25 list of senior prospects in Virginia -- Cooper (5), Dunn (7), Daniels (9) and Spence (10). Cooper, who's father Tom played football at Tech in the mid-1970s, was rated the No. 8 defensive back in the nation by PrepStar and was listed as a member of that publication's Dream Team. SuperPrep picked Dunn the No. 35 offensive lineman in the nation and Daniels the No. 25 defensive back. Another in-state signee, highly-touted defensive end Jim Davis of Richmond, picked Tech over Tennessee, Ohio State and Virginia after an outstanding season at Fork Union Military Academy.

Tech's out-of-state recruiting produced four signees from Maryland, two from both Florida and New Jersey, and one each from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Tennessee. Included in that group are: Johnson, who was selected the No. 5 wide receiver and the No. 30 overall player in the nation by SuperPrep Mazzetta, who was listed the No. 11 tight end in the country by SuperPrep and Lallis, who ranked 43rd nationally in SP's listing of defensive linemen. Another tight end, Mike Jackson of Mason, Ohio, is Tech's first-ever football signee from famed Moeller High School in Cincinnati.

The Hokies' two recruits from Florida - receiver/defensive back Eric Green and defensive lineman James Miller - are ranked among the top prospects in the Sunshine State. Green is rated the No. 46 player in Florida by SuperPrep and is listed as the No. 4 free safety in the state by the The Florida Times-Union. Miller is ranked No. 59 in Florida by SuperPrep and is listed as the No. 3 end on the Times-Union Super 75 team.

Another out-of-state recruit, Jason Davis of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is rated the top quarterback in Tennessee and is already enrolled at Tech. Davis, who also served as a punter and place-kicker in high school, is joined in the recruiting class by two other players with special teams ties, punter Vinnie Burns of New Orleans and offensive lineman/long snapper Travis Conway of Richmond.

The class includes one junior college signee, defensive lineman Channing Reed of Trenton, N.J. Reed was a second-team junior college All-America pick this past season at Montgomery (Md.) College.

Following is a list of Virginia Tech's 2000 football signees:
Mikal Baaqee5-11205LBColumbia, Md.DeMatha H.S.
Vinnie Burns6-0175P/KNew Orleans, La.St. Augustine H.S.
Travis Conway6-5235OL/LSRichmond, Va.J.R. Tucker H.S.
Chad Cooper6-3210FS/LBHerndon, Va.Oakton H.S.
Mike Daniels6-1180DBFairfax, Va.Fairfax H.S.
Jason Davis6-2195QB/PPigeon Forge, Tenn.Seymour H.S.
Jim Davis6-5245DEHighland Springs, Va.Highland Springs H.S/
Fork Union Military Academy
Jonathan Dunn6-6300OLVirginia Beach, Va.Tallwood H.S.
Vincent Fuller6-2170DBBaltimore, Md.Woodlawn H.S.
Eric Green6-0178WR/DBClewiston, Fla.Clewiston H.S.
Mike Jackson6-3230TEMason, OhioMoeller H.S.
Richard Johnson6-0170WRBaltimore, Md.Milford Mills Academy
Jason Lallis6-2235DE/TEMitchellville, Md.DeMatha H.S.
Jared Mazzetta6-5240TEFlemington, N.J.Hunterdon Central H.S.
James Miller6-5255DLPompano Beach, Fla.Ft. Lauderdale H.S.
Robert Ramsey6-3290OLCoraopolis, Pa.Montour H.S.
Channing Reed6-3285DLTrenton, N.J.Trenton Central H.S./
Montgomery College (Md.)
Josh Spence6-1210LB/RBRiner, Va.Floyd County H.S.