South County (Lorton, Va.) safety Ronny Vandyke said his left shoulder is fine and he is ready to resume football activities.
However, it will be a few months before the Virginia Tech commit actually tests the shoulder he injured in preseason last year, an injury that forced him to miss the 2009 season.
“I really haven’t been doing any football stuff because I don’t want to risk hurting my shoulder again,’’ the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Vandyke said. “I’ve been waiting until August to do any kind of hitting. The shoulder is good.”
Vandyke, the 17th-rated safety by Scout.com in the 2011 class, committed to the Hokies in late February, and since then he has spent considerable time speaking with the defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
He is planning a summer visit to Virginia Tech to spend time on the campus, and meet with the coaching staff.
“We talk every once in a while,’’ Vandyke said. “It’s catching up, see how I’m doing in school, see how I’m doing in life and make sure I’m on that stuff.”
Vandyke’s recruitment was interesting in that he received plenty of interest and offers despite not playing as a junior after he dislocated his shoulder in a preseason scrimmage.
The injury gave Vandyke plenty of time to contemplate what he wanted out of his senior season, and becoming more of a leader was high on his list.
“I’ve been talking to my head coach about being a leader and stuff,’’ he said. “It’s something that comes natural and in time, but I need to be more of a leader because I’m going to be a senior.”
As for his recruitment, Vandyke said schools still call, including a recent inquiry from Virginia, but he is solid with Virginia Tech, and will remain that way because of his affection for the school.
“I just felt comfortable as soon as I arrived on the campus, I just loved the coaching staff and I liked how they are as a team,” Vandyke said. “I know Virginia Tech was always successful, and so it was somewhere I needed to go.”