March 11, 2011

Hokies offer Peach State 'backer

Virginia Tech is spreading offers far and wide this offseason. The Hokies are particularly hitting the Peach State hard this year with an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball including a recent offer for the Hokies.

"I've got offers from Vanderbilt, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Illinois and others," Stone Mountain, Ga. 2012 linebacker Ukeme Eligwe said. "My first offer came back in spring practice last year from Arkansas. Of course, I didn't let it go to my head and I've gotten more offers."

Eligwe pulled the Virginia Tech offer a couple weeks back and has since stated they are in his early top five along with Florida, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina.

"Virginia Tech is nice," he said. "I'm going to show them more interest. I'm not sure I'll visit anytime soon, but they are a good school.

"I know they are good at football, I don't know much academically. But I know they have a good football team."

Still, it's an uphill battle with the fellow competition.

"I'm a football fan," he said. "I'm a big fan of Florida and Florida State," he said. "I like the charisma Florida has, they are No. 12 in the nation in criminology and that's what I want to study. Florida State is No. 7 in criminology and they have a nice football program there. They are on the rise, a big contender in the nation."

Obviously Eligwe knows what he wants to study, but discussed more than just that.

"Of course, I'm going to look at the competition, the depth chart I'm competing with," he said. "In choosing, I'm probably looking for a school that has a max of five linebackers I'll compete with. I also want a great place to live, I have dreamed of playing in Florida or California. I need an education is things don't go as planned."

Earning all-county, all-region and second team all-state honors, Eligwe posted 121 tackles, 95 solo, 15 for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles.

"I was one of the top linebackers in DeKalb County," he said. "I improved a lot this year, more than people expected me to. My sophomore and freshmen years I was outside and then they put me in the middle and I was going sideline to sideline, it was amazing. I didn't even take that many steps and my lateral movement was a real surprise for people, I had a good burst of speed.

"I'm still working on my speed. I'm running track and doing hurdles to work on my stride more this offseason. I'm trying to improve my agility just in case so I can even make the move to safety easily."

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