Recruiting Update: Defense

Virgina Tech remains in the mix for several elite prospects in the class of 2011. It remains unlikely they land all of them, but the Hokies are in good standing with several. In the first of's two-part series, the defensive prospects are looked at, and a skinny is provided.

Virginia Tech is squeezed for scholarships, and with a dozen commitments already, the numbers are very tight. A few of the commits agreed to gray-shirt, which means they will enroll at Tech in January 2012.

However, the Hokies remain heavily involved with approximately a dozen recruits for the class of 2011. takes a reader-friendly look at those players, and gives the skinny on whether the Hokies stand a legitimate chance at landing the player.

Today's focus is on defensive recruiting, so let's take a look at the hot prospects:

LB Curtis Grant, Hermitage High (Richmond, Va.) -- The No. 2-rated outside linebacker in's 2011 was giving the Hokies a hard look, but he has moved off them and now seems to be favoring Florida. Losing an in-state player of his caliber is tough, but it doesn't look like Virginia Tech has much chance.

LB Stephone Anthony, Anson High (Wadesboro, N.C.) -- Like with Grant, the Gators could be the team to beat when it comes to the nation's third-ranked outside linebacker. Anthony told three weeks ago the Hokies moved up his list to No. 2, but that means something will have to change for him to choose Tech.
He listed Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and N.C. State as his favorites, and they were in order. The good news for the Hokies is they already made one jump to get to second on his list, and he plans on taking his time before deciding.

LB Travis Hughes, Kempsville High (Virginia Beach, Va.) -- In a whirlwind fall, Hughes plans on making five official visits -- Clemson, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech – and making a decision possibly before his season ends.
His recruitment is far-reaching and he is considering all comers, but the feeling has always been fond of the Hokies staff, which could prove to be a huge factor in the final assessment.

CB Demetrious Nicholson, Bayside High (Virginia Beach) -- He was long thought to be a North Carolina lean, but that is changing as the NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels presses on. Nicholson. He has called Virginia Tech is "dream school" in the past, and now the belief is he could be heading to the Hokies if things get messier on Tobacco Road.

Devonte Brown, Jack Britt High (Fayetteville, N.C.) -- By the end of his senior, Brown figures to announce where he is headed. Blacksburg, Va., doesn't figure to be the choice, but it remains slightly on his radar.
Florida, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State are the more realistic option.

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