November 14, 2007

Virginia Tech adds sleeper WR

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Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin took a visit to Virginia Tech over the weekend for the Florida State game. It didn't take long after that for the 6-foot-2, 191-pounder out of Matthews (N.C.) Butler to make a decision.

"He has made a decision in favor of Virginia Tech," Butler head coach Mike Newsome said. "I think he actually committed to Coach Sherman last night.

"I haven't talked to him in detail, I briefly talked on the phone. I know he really enjoyed his visit there this weekend with his dad and cousin. They had a tremendous time and saw a big win against Florida State. I think that visit played a part in his decision in addition to the fact it's close to home and he grew up close to his mother and father. Virginia Tech isn't too far away for Jarrett, it's just two and a half hours away, that played a great part in his decision.

"Plus, Virginia Tech is a great school. He's going to play for a terrific coach in Frank Beamer and they win that conference almost every year."

According to Newsome, Boykin didn't want to disappoint his other prospects.

"Jarrett is a guy that doesn't want to hurt anybody's feelings," he said. "I told him eventually he's going to have to let somebody down and you've got some great schools that have offered you. I know he's kind of upset about letting other schools down, but I think he is extremely happy with his decision."

What kind of player are the Hokies getting in the Butler sleeper?

"Coach Sherman knows the type of receivers we have at Butler," he said. "He saw a combination of things that really opened his eyes. Jarrett is a kid with size, route running as well as elusiveness. He really jumped off the map in terms of ability the past couple weeks and will get much better in time.

"Jarrett is extremely competitive and likes to play at a high level of football. He's always hard on himself to play great and of course size wise he has what you're looking for in a big, physical Division I receiver. He's an extremely smart person too. He worked hard this past year and a half reading coverages and has picked them up really well. I know Virginia Tech runs the ball a lot and he has the ability to break you down as a blocker too, but can also make you miss and beat you deep."

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