Oct 12, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins (98) sacks Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies ended Spring Football by ending their third commit to the Class of 2015 in 3-star defensive lineman Harry Lewis. Of course, the Hokies already had 3-star cornerbacks DuWayne Johnson and Mook Reynolds for a lot longer. Mook Reynolds had been the headliner of the class as he had been impressing at some national camps and is showing that he will likely end the recruiting process as a 4-star recruit. Now, the Hokies have added another piece to a class that is building a strong foundation right now to let the Hokies put more focus on big names like 5-star DE Josh Sweat.
Eric Whitehead is not the biggest name but the 3-star defensive tackle from Indianapolis, Indiana is the latest addition to the Virginia Tech Class of 2015 as reported by Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports. The Hokies have been trying to get some solid defensive line depth early on and Virginia Tech has done a good job building a defensive line security blanket with Harry Lewis and Eric Whitehead. Virginia Tech was up against mainly Purdue, Indiana, and Louisville for Eric Whitehead but the Hokies were able to beat out the Boilermakers, Hoosiers, and Cardinals in the end.
The Hokies get a guy in Whitehead who does not have great speed but has size and that is something that has made defensive tackle effective for Bud Foster. Derrick Hopkins was not the fastest or tallest defensive tackle but he was amassive load that had quite a productive career for the Hokies and seems to have a future in the NFL. Whitehead is a guy that will also likely carry a small chip on his shoulder due to how he hasn’t even been given a grade yet by ESPN. Whitehead might not be a flashy addition for the Hokies but he is a guy that could end up being quite a good fit in Blacksburg.
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