Alford Discusses Virginia Tech Commitment
Dewayne Alford
Dewayne Alford
VTInsider.com managing editor
Posted Jul 19, 2010


Virginia Tech received its first commitment in a month Monday when defensive end Dewayne Alford gave a non-binding oral commitment to play for the Hokies. He is slated to enter school in January 2012.

Virginia Tech landed its first commitment in a month, but right now it is uncertain whether it will count against the 2011 or 2012 class.

Defensive end Dewayne Alford of Nansemond River High (Suffolk, Va.) received an offer to grey shirt for the Hokies, and Monday he took coach Frank Beamer up on the offer and gave a non-binding oral commitment.

“I was looking at academics and how I would fit in,” Alford said. “Second of all, you’re looking at playing football for one of the best defenses in the nation. Who wouldn’t want to do that?"

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Alford also held offers from James Madison and Old Dominion, but pulled the trigger when the Hokies made the offer after Alford had an impressive showing during the Hokies camp on July 10.

It was the second time in two years Alford camped at Virginia Tech, but his body was markedly different.

"I came up there a little smaller at 195 (last year) and I really worked my butt off," said Alford, who made 61 tackles and had seven sacks as a junior. "Now, I’m at 220. I was working hard got get stronger, and to get my 40-yard dash better.

"I could see myself getting better, and build-wise and strength and speed. I think they really took notice of that, of how hard I worked."

With Virginia Tech tight on scholarships for the 2011 class, Alford agreed to come into school in January 2012. At that time, the Hokies will be able to decide whether they have room to use him against the 2011 class, or whether he will be used for the 2012 class.

“It seemed like there were more pros than there were cons,” Alford said. “Now, I can get my master’s degree. It will give me more time to get adjusted to football life as a student-athlete.”



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