Seven Join Hokies for Spring Semester
All immediately eligible to participate in winter workouts
January 16, 2006

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Monday the enrollment of seven student-athletes who have joined the Hokie football team and are immediately eligible for full participation in all activities with the team. Two players who graduated early from high school, as well as five other signees from previous years, will begin classes on Jan. 17th.

The two players who graduated high school early are Aaron Brown and Devin Radford. Brown is an offensive tackle from Cincinnati, Ohio, who is rated the No. 11 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 4 overall prospect in the state by rivals.com. Brown is 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, and will battle for a spot on the depth chart this spring.

Radford is a 5-8 defensive back from Fayetteville, N.C. He attended E.E. Smith High and was ranked the No. 30 player in the state of North Carolina by rivals.com in its preseason rankings. Radford rushed 75 times as a senior for 671 yards and nine touchdowns. He also finished with 39 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Also joining the team:

  • Defensive end Steven Friday (6-4, 215), from Phoebus High in Hampton, Va., was named an All-American by PrepStar following the 2004 season. Friday was listed as the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the nation by rivals.com and the No. 11 player in the state by The Roanoke Times last year. He recorded 89 tackles, including 21 for a loss, and 17 sacks his senior season at Phoebus.

  • Offensive lineman Brandon Holland, a 6-4, 290-pounder from Northside High in Roanoke, Va., spent the 2004-05 school year at Hargrave. He was rated as the No. 23 prep school player in the nation by rivals.com and the No. 29 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in 2004.

  • Offensive lineman Sergio Render began the 2005 season practicing with the Hokies, but was forced to leave the team before classes began. He was pushing for time on the two-deep after moving over from the defensive line and will be counted on to contribute next season. Render, a 6-3, 300-pounder from Newnan High in Newnan, Ga., was listed as the No. 7 center in the nation by rivals.com and the No. 22 player in the state of Georgia by scout.com.

  • Cornerback Stephan Virgil, a 5-11, 165-pounder from Rocky Mount High in Rocky Mount, N.C., was ranked the No. 45 safety in the nation by scout.com and the No. 25 player in the state by SuperPrep. His senior season, he made 98 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions, and he also had 293 yards receiving.

  • Rounding out the group is a player who originally signed with Tech in 2003. Kenny Lewis, Jr., a 5-9, 185-pounder from Danville, Va., was all-state as a kick returner his senior year at George Washington High, and he excelled as a running back, rushing for 1,040 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season. Lewis was rated the No. 26 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep and The Roanoke Times, but opted to pursue a career in baseball, playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league organization after being drafted in the fourth round in June, 2003. In three seasons, he hit for a combined .233 average in 156 games and had 65 stolen bases.