Virginia Tech will welcome six scholarship players to the program when classes begin on Jan. 19, the school announced today. Two players originally signed with Tech last February and deferred their enrollment, two went to prep school for a semester, and two have graduated high school early. All six have signed their offers of admission and are now enrolled.
Kory Gough, Duan Perez-Means and Theron Norman all signed with Tech last year. Gough took a grayshirt, while Perez-Means came to Tech in the fall, but left to have surgery on his shoulder and also deferred his enrollment. Norman and Laurence Gibson went to Hargrave in the fall while Chase Williams and Ricardo Young graduated high school a semester early.
Spring practice for the Hokies begins on March 31, and the spring game is at 2 p.m. on April 24.
Here are quick bios on each player, thanks to the school's sports information department:
Laurence Gibson (offensive line, 6-6, 300, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Buena HS, Hargrave)
Gibson played his senior season at Buena High in Arizona, but had no offers. He earned second-team All-5A Southern-I region honors as a defensive lineman his senior season at Beuna. He played the 2009 season at Hargrave.
Kory Gough (offensive tackle, 6-5, 265, Goldvein, Va., Liberty HS)
Gough was rated the No. 46 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times in 2009 . He was also ranked the No. 40 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep and a member of SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic Team. He was named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region Team as a linebacker and earned first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post.
Duan Perez-Means (defensive end, 6-3, 227, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS)
Perez-Means was ranked the No. 34 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times in 2009. He was listed as the No. 34 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN.com's Scouts, Inc., and rated the No. 137 defensive end prospect nationally by Scout.com.
He played in just six games his senior season because of injuries. He was a first-team All-Colonial District selection as a tight end and a second-team selection as a defensive end his senior season.
Theron Norman (free safety, 6-3, 190, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS, Hargrave)
Norman was ranked the No. 29 prep school player in the country by Rivals, the No. 23 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times coming out of high school in 2009, and listed as the No. 16 athlete nationally by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.
He played some quarterback his senior season, but mostly was a receiver. He caught 16 passes for 185 yards his senior season.
Chase Williams (Linebacker, 6-3, 240, Leesburg, Va., Loudoun Valley HS)
Williams was rated the No. 11 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times, ranked the No. 22 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and listed as the No. 73 athlete in the country by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.
He was also named first-team all-state by The Associated Press for the Group AA level, and was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post.
He posted 173 tackles as a senior, including 24 for loss and 11 sacks. He also had 12 forced fumbles.
Williams made 163 tackles on defense as a junior. He also had 36 catches for 481 yards.
He finished his career with 27 straight double-digit tackling performances.
Williams is the son of New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator and former Washington Redskins head coach Gregg Williams.
Ricardo Young (Quarterback, 6-1, 170, Washington, D.C., H.D. Woodson HS)
Young is ranked the No. 48 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, and listed as the No. 69 quarterback in the country by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.
He passed for 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior to earn first-team All-Met honors from The Washington Post.
He threw for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for 780 yards and 11 scores as a junior.