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Cornerback Eddie Whitley (Matthews, N.C./ Butler), one of the talented trio of defensive backs at Butler High School, announced Monday on ESPNU that he would be taking his talents to Virginia Tech. The No. 13-ranked cornerback chose the Hokies over fellow ACC rival N.C. State.
Whitley was quick to praise his head coach Mike Newsome. The defensive tutelage from the Butler head coach has landed multiple scholarship offers for his three highly-touted defensive backs.
Safety Robert Blanton (Matthews, N.C./ Butler) committed to Notre Dame in June, and Spencer Adams, currently the No. 2-ranked safety prospect in the newly released ESPN 150, is deciding between a host of BCS schools, including Virginia Tech.
Whitley talked about the tradition of defensives backs and the overall attitude of Tech's top-ranked defense as deciding points. The 6-foot-1 talented athlete should offer veteran defensive coordinator Bud Foster great scheme versatility with his ability to play both corner and safety.
Whitley flashes his 4.4 speed sticking to hips of receivers in man coverage and attacking underneath routes quickly in zone. He plays with good defensive instincts and possesses great ball skills. Continued physical development will be needed to match the intensity and physicality of Tech's defense, but Whitley could offer special teams depth early if needed.
The excited Whitley touched on the emphasis longtime Hokies head coach Frank Beamer places on the kicking game and becoming an integral part of BeamerBall.
"That is an important part of my game. I can block kicks and just like to get after it on special teams," said Whitley.
Virginia Tech landed another big defensive commit on Monday -- big in importance and physical stature. We feel that 6-foot-1, 245-pound Allen Stephens (South Boston, Va./ Halifax County) is one of the more underrated linebackers in 2008.
The No.15-ranked inside linebacker is one of the toughest and more powerful short-range 'backers in this class. Stephens offers more than just a strict middle run stuffer; he possesses deceptive short-area quickness that blends nicely with his great explosiveness.
Stephens and Whitley join talented cover corner and ESPN 150 member Cameron Demps (Suwanee, Ga./ Peachtree Ridge) to form an early nucleus of talented defenders heading to Blacksburg in 2008.
Irish stockpile on defense
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown continues to show his recruiting touch with the recent commit of ESPN 150 middle linebacker Steve Filer (Dolton, Ill./ Mount Carmel). The 6-3 Filer is the eighth ESPN 150 commit for the Irish, joining linebackers Anthony McDonald (Burbank, Calif,/ Notre Dame), David Posluszny (Aliquippa, Pa./ Hopewell) and fellow Chicago Catholic League rival defensive end/outside linebacker Darius Fleming (Chicago/Saint Rita) to form an impressive unit for the future.
Filer is a supreme blend of size and speed at the position and possesses the frame to play at close to 245-pounds in college. He flashes good athleticism and range for a player with his stature and should retain current agility while packing on good bulk.
Versatility to stack the inside run and chase down backs off-tackle is what separates him. Filer possesses loads of talent but still needs to play with a consistent motor and intensity on every snap at the next level.
Filer stated that Notre Dame's blend of academics and athletics is what sold him.
"Notre Dame was the best fit for me and my family," he said.
"They offer great football and academics. Football will not last forever, and Notre Dame's academic reputation will allow me to be successful off the field.
Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc.