by Thomas C. Dozier, recruit804Virginia Tech, a team that has prided itself on having a stout defense over the years, has made great strides of late under new coach Justin Fuente in shoring up that defense for the future.
Over the past three days, the Hokies have gained two commitments from linebackers, the big news coming out of the Richmond area, is that includes L.C. Bird standout Rayshard Ashby.
The Hokies have now secured the services of five players from the class of 2017, with four of them being defensive players.
Ashby, a 6-0, 212-pounder, said he picked Virginia Tech over handful of schools that included Maryland and West Virginia.
On Ashby’s Twitter page @__Lamont on Saturday, he stated:
“I want to thank (sp.) every school that has recruited me and believed in me enough to give me a full scholarship to their school and I appreciate all of you! But I have decided to commit to Virginia Tech and become a Hokie.”
As a junior, Ashby racked up 141 tackles, 93 solo tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks for the Skyhawks. For that effort, he was named Region 5A South defensive player of the year.
Ashby, during his illustrious career in Chesterfield County, helped L. C. Bird to two state championships in 2013 and 2014.
Ashby, who has been a starter since his freshman season, also becomes the first player that Virginia Tech has brought in on scholarship from the 804 Richmond area since the class of 2014 — that being Benedictine linebacker Raymon Minor.
Furthermore, he becomes the third in-state commitment for the class of 2017, joining defensive end TyJuan Garbutt (Fredericksburg) and defensive back Devante Smith (Manassas). The other linebacker who committed this week was Aundrey Kearney, from Mandarin, Fl. The fifth member of the 2017 class is Hendon Hooker, a quarterback, from Greensboro, N.C.
Also, Ashby becomes the second linebacker from the 804 to commit this week as Benedictine’s Ellis Brooks committed to Duke University on Thursday.
– Thomas C. Dozier