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South County’s Vandyke picks Virginia Tech, just like brother

Ever since he began receiving attention from Virginia Tech last year, the feeling was that South County linebacker Devin Vandyke, if offered, would follow his brother, a 2010 All-Met defensive back and rising college freshman Ronny, to Blacksburg.

Devin Vandyke, a rising senior, however, long said that his college decision would be his own. After taking some unofficial visits and considering all his options, Vandyke arrived, on his own, at the same conclusion as his brother. On Saturday, Vandyke called Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster and verbally committed to Virginia Tech.

“I’ve got the best chance of winning the national championship there than any other school,” Vandyke said. “… Tech just has a tradition that I want to be a part of.”

After taking an unofficial visit to Kentucky last week, Vandyke narrowed down his choices to three finalists: Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Vandyke had 10 major Division I scholarship offers from, among others, Maryland, West Virginia and Vanderbilt.

Devin’s recruitment picked up considerably when Maryland offered the then 187-pound linebacker a scholarship. Since then, more schools began offering Vandyke as he increased his protein intake and spent more time in the weight room to add muscle, growing to as much as 210 pounds.

But the chance to play his natural position, middle linebacker, and at a school with a storied defensive tradition were big draws for Vandyke, who at 6-foot-1 is known as a shorter but stronger version of his brother. The fact that Ronny was already at Virginia Tech was an added bonus, Devin Vandyke said, adding that his brother was only “10 percent” of his decision to commit to the Hokies.

“We can motivate each other, too,” Vandyke said of the prospect of playing with his brother. “It’ll be easier for my parents and our community. It will just be easier and the best option for them.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.


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