Dewayne Alford Accepts Hokies' Offer

Dewayne Alford has the potential to be an impact player in college, at least our coaches think so. Aside from Tech, Alford had only received offers from I-AA schools James Madison and Old Dominion. The following is from Doug Doughty.

Nansemond River coach Tracey Parker said Alford has some of the same attributes as Chris Ellis, who played for Parker at Bethel High School in Hampton before an outstanding college career as a defensive end for the Hokies.

"What they both bring to the table is a great burst and speed," said Parker, who also coached Tech defensive back Jimmy Williams at Bethel. "They have an uncanny ability to disrupt plays."

Alford's other offers were from James Madison and Old Dominion, and he may have "flown under the radar because he's only been here for one year," Parker said.

"A lot of I-A schools were hesitant to pull the trigger but Tech saw what I saw."

Alford runs the 55 meters and 300 meters in indoor track and has a 40-yard time estimated at 4.75 or 4.8 seconds.

The first thing that popped into my head was the old adage you can't coach speed. Beamer Co. has a long successful history taking raw athletic players and transforming them into gamers on Saturdays. Alford is going to greyshirt so he'll be off the books until 2012 giving him even more time to develop.

The 6'2" 220 lb soon to be senior had 61 tackles and 6 sacks his junior year. He previously played running back at Portsmouth Christian. Look, this isn't a recruiting coup by any means, but that doesn't mean it's not positive news. It's evident our coaches are grindin' to find that next high character hidden talent and hopefully with Alford that's just what they've done.

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