Tech Looking At Another Vandyke

Tech Looking At Another Vandyke

Class of 2012 outside linebacker Devin Vandyke of South County (Lorton, Va.) camped at Virginia Tech earlier this month and liked what he heard from the Hokies staff. He is name is already familiar to Tech fans since his brother, Ronny, committed to the Hokies in the spring. But now the focus is on Devin, and he spoke to VTInsider.com about his recruitment.

When college coaches get a look at South County (Lorton, Va.) outside linebacker Devin Vandyke, they are going to see a much different player than a year ago.

The class of 2012 Vandyke, who is the brother of class of 2011 Virginia Tech commit Ronny Vandyke, is 18 pounds heavier than he was last season.

Coaches at Virginia and Virginia Tech were able to see Vandyke in action at camps this summer, and got positive feedback from them. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is also being recruited by Maryland and Pittsburgh.

"When I went down there, Tech said they'll keep an eye on me this year and they look for a bright future in me," Vandyke said. "So did UVa. Maryland is saying the same thing."

The additional weight and strength is one reason recruiters will play more attention to Vandyke's this season, but so is his health.

Plenty of college recruiters didn't see Vandyke play late in the 2009 season because he missed the last four games after contracting swine flu.

Now healthy and bigger, he said he is ready for 2010, especially after a successful summer of camping, and he explained what he got out of it.

"It's the competition and to see what I'm up against in recruiting," Vandyke said, "and different styles and different techniques I can look at, and guys that might be faster than me and guys that might have a higher vertical."

One place it really helped was in the timed drills.

"I learn different technique on where to start out, and where to finish, with body position and stuff like that," he said. "I already knew what to read when I went in there for the one-on-ones, and I think I went in there and did well in that, but it was more in the 40 and the shuttle.

"The guys that run track and stuff told me how they run it and to pick up a little technique from them and make my time better."

As for his recruitment, Vandyke isn't playing favorites and does not have a dream school he wants to hear from.

"I never had a favorite team in anything, other than the (Washington) Redskins," Vandyke said. "Seeing how Ronny committed to Tech, I've been researching more about them and getting into them more. But besides that, I never really had a favorite team."

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