Carteret, N.J. defensive end Jason Adjepong committed to Virginia Tech on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder chose the Hokies over Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers among many other offers.
"It just felt like the right place for me," he said. "It had the perfect combination of football, academics and people. I really had a good feel for Virginia Tech when I visited there this summer, and nobody was there. I just hung out with Darryl Tapp on that visit and loved it. So I knew that if I liked it on my official visit I would want to go there."
Adjepong said the decision was tough.
"I almost committed to Ohio State on my visit but something told me I should hold off and wait and see how Virginia Tech," he said. "I just had Virginia Tech in the back of my mind, so I wanted to check it out. Rutgers really made a strong push for me there in the end, but the opportunity at Virginia Tech was awesome. They really coach their players up."
Fellow New Jersey defensive end Mike Gee is also headed down to Blacksburg as well.
"We talk every day," he said. "We're looking forward to it."
Virginia Tech has been in the news of late for the wrong reasons, but that doesn't matter to Adjepong.
"I met those guys and their good guys," he said. "People do dirty stuff in football games all the time at the bottom of the pile. What Marcus did wasn't right, but he just got caught. You should see some of the stuff that goes on."
Adjepong already had a name for himself at Tech.
"I want to be a bad bird," he said. "A bad bird."