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South County's Ronny Vandyke commits to Virginia Tech

South County junior defensive back Ronny Vandyke orally committed to Virginia Tech during at the Hokies’ junior day Saturday.

Vandyke, who also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Syracuse, West Virginia, East Carolina and Rutgers, becomes the Stallions’ second Division I commitment in as many years.

Vandyke also had attended junior days at Pitt, Maryland and Virginia.

“That was his second visit [to Tech], and I think he really felt comfortable,” South County Coach Pete Bendorf said. “It’s a place that he has always wanted to go.”

Andre Simmons, a senior defensive back bound for Vanderbilt, helped bring additional attention to the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Vandyke and the fifth-year Stallions' program.

“Andre opened some doors here, because a lot of people didn’t know South County existed,” Bendorf said. “We got a lot of traffic through and they realized we had another player, as well. Ronny’s attention was even greater than Andre’s simply because more people knew about us.”

Bendorf said that Vandyke could play the Hokies’ “whip” position, a strong safety-outside linebacker hybrid spot.

“He’s very aggressive,” Bendorf said. “He runs extremely well. He can cover guys, he can rush the passer, he can play a lot of places. They can move him around quite a bit.”

By Preston Williams  |  March 1, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Patriot District , Football , Northern Region , South County  
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