December 13, 2010

Vandyke enjoys official to VT

Virginia Tech had a pair of official visitors on campus this weekend. One of those was Lorton (Va.) South County safety Ronny Vandyke who sat down and got a better idea of his possible position upon his arrival to Blacksburg this summer.

"I got there Friday afternoon," he said. "When I got there I met up with the coaching staff. I watched practice at 5:30 and then went out to eat. That night I went out with my host, Tariq Edwards.

"It was nice. He's a cool dude, we played video games at his apartment and he showed me around the campus. He introduced me to more of the teammates like Tyrod Taylor, Davon Morgan, Eddie Whitley and others; there were a lot of them. It was really nice. I liked it a lot. They treated me well and everything felt welcoming."

On Saturday, Vandyke ate breakfast with Coach Foster before a film session with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

"It was good with Coach Foster," he said. "He was just telling me how they are going to be preparing for Stanford and how the defense is and things like that.

"Coach Gray was mentioning to me how I am capable of either playing free safety, whip or rover. He didn't say what position, but they have been mentioning rover. He showed me some film of it from their game against North Carolina. It was good."

Prior to heading out today, the four-star prospect had a sit down with Frank Beamer.

"I just went out again to watch practice and then I talked to Coach Beamer," he said. "It was good, he just let me know that he is looking forward to me coming in next year and he has expectations for me and knows I can help them out.

"His expectations were that I come in and stay on my academics and help them out to win games and hopefully a national championship.

"Overall it went really well, I was treated very well by the players and coaches as well as the students there. It was a nice place and everyone gets along with each other."

Not too long ago, the No. 10 prospect in Virginia closed out his season.

"We had a lot of expectations on the year, we didn't end up meeting our goals, but we learned from it and won two of our last three," he said. "It's a building point for the following year.

"It was good to play my first full year with my brother too. He made the plays he needed to make as teams tended to run towards his side."

Vandyke closed out the year earning first team all-metro, region and district as a senior.

The star safety plans to participate in one more game, the Chesapeake Bowl on December 30th to close out his high school career.

"Right now I'm just training to be in the best shape I can," he said. "I just want to go out there and play well and show my ability."

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