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Hokies signing day: Receivers

Hokies Journal is taking a position-by-position look of Virginia Tech's incoming class on national signing day. Virginia Tech had seemed to shore up its class early, so all prospects listed were among the recruits expected to sign Wednesday with the Hokies. Follow @HokiesJournal on Twitter for any changes or unexpected signings.

Last season, wide receivers like Jarrett Boykin and Dyrell Roberts started to emerge in Virginia Tech’s vastly improved passing offense. In 2010, the Hokies could see the true benefit of its recent stockpiling of those quality receivers, who are tall and athletic. In fact, Virginia Tech’s passing offense could be downright dangerous in the fall.

But the Hokies took steps to supplement the talent already in Blacksburg with the addition of two receivers.

E.L. Smiling was a relatively unheralded recruit as a raw receiver prospect, but he was gifted with size (6 feet 4) and 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, which is cut out of the mold of current Hokies receivers Marcus Davis and Xavier Boyce. Smiling was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post.

A product of Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Smiling had only a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech when he committed, although he spent three days at a camp at Virginia but did not receive an offer. He seems likely to redshirt based on the Hokies' already-stacked receiving corps.

The Hokies also added a tight end, Jerome Lewis, although that position has not been much of a factor in their passing offense lately. Lewis has the body to play tight end, at 6-4 and about 230 pounds, and he runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. Lewis, who played at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, N.Y., was one of the nation’s top tight ends, although the Hokies reportedly also offered Ethan Farmer of Tabor City, N.C., who earlier this week was said to be deciding between Clemson and North Carolina.

Lewis was a standout defensive lineman in high school. The Hokies have been known to move their tight ends to other spots on the field – Chris Drager, for example, moved to defensive end after a solid showing at tight end in spring 2009 – but Lewis told the Sporting News that Virginia Tech’s coaches assured him that he would play tight end.

Here are some highlights of E.L. Smiling at Brooke Point High School.

Here are some highlights of Jerome Lewis at Bishop Kearney High School.

By Mark Viera  |  February 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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