February 3, 2011

Hokies land first 2012 commit

It didn't take long for Virginia Tech to get a start on the 2012 recruiting class. Less than 24 hours after National Signing Day the Hokies received commitment No. 1 earlier this evening and the Hokies were the first offer in for the commitment from out-of-state.

"I committed to Virginia Tech," Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside 2012 cornerback Davion Tookes said. "I got the offer last week and decided to call Coach Gray tonight.

"I like the type of players Virginia Tech produces, Jayron Hosley and all those people that came through there. I can see those players and hopefully it'll get me prepared for the next level also."

Tookes has yet to visit Blacksburg of course, but is already making plans for a summer visit.

So, what made him jump on the offer now?

"I've liked Virginia Tech for awhile," he said. "For them to come in and be the first to offer me, that was really big to me.

"I watched them throughout the season. I love the team, the atmosphere and how they play together. Even when they are down they find a way to win, they've got a strong team. I like the coaching staff and they are serious about what they do, they are a complete team."

Despite the limited opportunities to talk, Tookes has been in touch with his recruiter and future coach Torrian Gray.

"We're building a good relationship, I check in with him a lot and he's always making sure my grades are good," he said. "He's all about staying on top in the classroom for football. I also like his attitude. He tells me to get better every day and he keeps me motivated, to try to keep me stronger in the weight room and all that, he's a really cool dude.

"I know he's a great defensive back coach too and I feel I heard a lot of people talk about the corner position at Virginia Tech. Hopefully he can build me up and I can progress throughout my years playing Division I football."

Tookes posted 47 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions all returned for touchdowns as a junior this season while earning first team all-region honors.

"I've started the last two years and I didn't really play a lot of defense as a sophomore," he said. "I saw an amazing improvement this season. It was my first year playing cornerback and I think I still have a better chance of being a physical player.

"I want to improve this coming year with my hits and let them know I'm there, I also want to get a little faster."

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