BLACKSBURG - When classes start on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Virginia Tech football team will welcome six scholarship players to its program, as announced Wednesday by the Virginia Tech Athletics Department. Two of these athletes originally signed with Tech last February and deferred their enrollment, two went to prep school for a semester and two have graduated high school early. All six have signed their offers of admission to Tech and are now enrolled.
Kory Gough, Duan Perez-Means and Theron Norman all signed with Tech last year. Gough took a grayshirt while Perez-Means came to Tech in the fall, but left to have surgery on his shoulder and also deferred his enrollment. Norman and Laurence Gibson went to Hargrave in the fall while Chase Williams ands Ricardo Young graduated high school a semester early.
Here’s a look at the six athletes, in alphabetical order, who have enrolled and will begin working out with the program immediately. Notes, all positions, heights and weights listed were those used in their original profiles and are subject to change.
Laurence Gibson (Offensive Line, 6-6, 300, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Buena HS, Hargrave)
Listed as the No. 2 prep school prospect in the country by Rivals … Played his senior season at Buena High in Arizona, but had no offers … Played the 2009 season at Hargrave … Earned second-team All-5A Southern-I region honors as a defensive lineman his senior season at Beuna.
Kory Gough (Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 265, Goldvein, Va., Liberty HS)
Was rated the No. 46 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times in 2009 ... Also ranked the No. 40 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … A member of SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic Team ... Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as a linebacker ... Earned first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post.
Duan Perez-Means (Defensive End, 6-3, 227, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS)
Was ranked the No. 34 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times in 2009 … Rated the No. 26 weakside defensive end in the nation and the No. 26 player in the state by Rivals … Listed as the No. 34 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. … Rated the No. 137 defensive end prospect nationally by Scout.com … Ranked the No. 34 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … A member of SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic Team … Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive lineman … Played in just six games his senior season because of injuries … A first-team All-Colonial District selection as a tight end and a second-team selection as a defensive end his senior season.
Theron Norman (Free Safety, 6-3, 190, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS, Hargrave)
Ranked the No. 29 prep school player in the country by Rivals … Was ranked the No. 23 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times coming out of high school in 2009 ... Listed as the No. 16 athlete nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Rated the No. 42 athlete in the nation and the No. 18 player in the state by Rivals ... Listed the No. 145 safety prospect nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked the No. 31 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … A member of SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic Team ... Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive back ... A second-team selection for the Richmond Times-Dispatch 2008 All-Metro defensive team ... Played some quarterback his senior season, but mostly was at receiver ... Caught 16 passes for 185 yards his senior season.
Chase Williams (Linebacker, 6-3, 240, Leesburg, Va., Loudoun County HS)
Rated the No. 11 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com … Listed as the No. 73 athlete in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. … Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as an inside linebacker …Named first-team all-state by The Associated Press for the Group AA level … A first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post … Posted 173 tackles as a senior, including 24 for loss and 11 sacks … Also had 12 forced fumbles … Had 163 tackles on defense as a junior … Also had 36 catches for 481 yards … Finished his career with 27-straight double-digit tackling performances … Son of New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator and former Buffalo Bills head coach Gregg Williams.
Ricardo Young (Quarterback, 6-1, 170, Washington, D.C., H.D. Woodson HS)
Ranked the No. 48 quarterback in the country by Scout.com … Listed as the No. 69 quarterback in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. … Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as a quarterback … A three-year starter … Passed for 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior to earn first-team All-Met honors from The Washington Post … Threw for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for 780 yards and 11 scores as a junior.
Spring practice for the Hokies will begin on Wednesday, March 31, with the annual Spring Game set for Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m.
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