Virginia Tech was the school to beat for Lofton, Va. South County High linebacker Devin Vandyke ever since his older brother Ronny Vandyke signed his letter of intent in February 2011. The Vandyke brothers are standout prospects from the state of Virginia and can soon add their family name to a long list of siblings who have played for Tech; however, Ronny wasn't the only reason Vanyke picked the Hokies.
"It's not all because of Ronny," Vandyke said. "They have won 10 games or more in the last seven years in a row. I am so familiar with the atmosphere there and I guess that is because of Ronny. The coaches already know my family and all of that. I would have Tech in my top three if Ronny chose to go elsewhere. It really came down to a winning season and how comfortable I am there."
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Co. recruited Vandyke to play middle linebacker, his most desired position. "That is big for me," said Vandyke. "I have been playing linebacker my whole career." He also anticipates that his career will begin early with the Hokies. "They said I could have the opportunity to get on the field early."
Vandyke who narrowed his list down to VT, Kentucky and Wake Forest, planned an unofficial visit to Kentucky prior to dropping Ronny off in Blacksburg on Sunday. On Saturday morning, Vandyke called Bud Foster to give his verbal commitment. "I called and committed before I even dropped Ronny off," he said.
Vandyke is Tech's 14 overall commitment in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect is ranked among the top 30 linebackers in the country.