First Shyrone Stith, and now Ike Charlton.
Less than a week after Virginia Tech completed its best football season with a 46-29 loss to Florida State in the national championship game, TB Shyrone Stith and CB Ike Charlton have become the first Hokies football players ever to file early for the NFL draft.
The juniors are among 26 players who filed for the draft by the Monday deadline, the NFL said.
Stith, 5 feet 8 and 210 pounds, led the Hokies in rushing with 1,119 yards and tied the school record with 13 rushing touchdowns this season. For the season, Charlton had 43 unassisted tackles in 12 games, one interception that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown and two forced fumbles.
TERP COMMITMENTS: Maryland has received oral commitments from three more high school football players. DeMatha WR Dennard Wilson, Northwestern LB Ricardo Dickerson and WR-S Curtis Williams of Huntington Station, N.Y., have told Maryland coaches they will accept athletic scholarships to play for the Terrapins next season, officials at each high school said. Maryland has received oral commitments from 19 players.
SUSPENSION: Duquesne has suspended 6-foot-10 C Simon Ogunlesi, a junior transfer involved in a credit card scam last year. Ogunlesi, who became eligible in mid-December, did not accompany the Dukes on their trip to today's game at Virginia Tech.