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Six football newcomers arrive in Blacksburg

Six scholarship football players will enroll at Virginia Tech when classes begin on Tuesday.

Two players originally signed with the Hokies last February and deferred their enrollment, two went to prep school for a semester and two graduated early from high school. All six have signed their offers of admission and are now enrolled at the university.

Kory Gough, Duan Perez-Means and Theron Norman all signed with Virginia Tech last year. Gough took a grayshirt. Perez-Means came to Blacksburg in the fall, but left to have surgery on his shoulder and also deferred his enrollment. Norman and Laurence Gibson went to Hargrave Military Academy, in Chatham, Va., in the fall. Chase Williams and Ricardo Young graduated high school a semester early.

The Hokies' spring practices begin on March 31, and the spring game is on April 24.

Virginia Tech's sports information department provided the following player biographies:

Laurence Gibson

Offensive line, 6 feet 6, 300 pounds, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Buena High School, Hargrave Military Academy

-- Gibson played his senior season at Buena High in Arizona, but had no offers. He earned second-team all-5A Southern-I region honors as a defensive lineman his senior season at Beuna. He played the 2009 season at Hargrave.

Kory Gough

Offensive tackle, 6 feet 5, 265 pounds, Goldvein, Va., Liberty High School

-- Gough earned first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post.

-- He was rated the No. 46 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times in 2009 and was also ranked the No. 40 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep and a member of SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic Team. He was named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region Team as a linebacker.

Duan Perez-Means

Defensive end, 6 feet 3, 227 pounds, Richmond, Hermitage High School

-- Perez-Means was ranked the No. 34 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times in 2009. He was listed as the No. 34 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc., and rated the No. 137 defensive end prospect nationally by Scout.com.

-- He played in just six games his senior season because of injuries. He was a first-team All-Colonial District selection as a tight end and a second-team selection as a defensive end his senior season.

Theron Norman

Free safety, 6 feet 3, 190 pounds, Richmond, Hermitage High School, Hargrave Military Academy

-- Norman was ranked the No. 29 prep school player in the country by Rivals, the No. 23 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times coming out of high school in 2009, and listed as the No. 16 athlete nationally by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.

-- He played some quarterback his senior season, but mostly was a wide receiver. He caught 16 passes for 185 yards his senior season.

Chase Williams

Linebacker, 6 feet 3, 240 pounds, Leesburg, Loudoun Valley High School

-- Williams was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post.

-- He was rated the No. 11 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times, ranked the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and listed as the No. 73 athlete in the country by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. He was also named first-team all-state by the Associated Press for the Group AA level.

-- He posted 173 tackles as a senior, including 24 for loss and 11 sacks. He also had 12 forced fumbles.

-- Williams made 163 tackles on defense as a junior. He also had 36 catches for 481 yards.

-- He finished his career with 27 straight double-digit tackling performances.

-- Williams is the son of New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was formerly the Washington Redskins' assistant head coach-defense from 2004 to 2007 who was passed over for the team's head coaching job.

Ricardo Young

Quarterback, 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, Washington, H.D. Woodson High School

-- Young earned first-team All-Met honors from The Washington Post after passing for 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.

-- He is ranked the No. 48 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, and listed as the No. 69 quarterback in the country by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.

-- He threw for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for 780 yards and 11 scores as a junior.

By Mark Viera  |  January 14, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
 
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