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Coach: "He has potential and skills to play in the NFL"

Virginia Tech continued to stayed hot on the recruiting trail yesterday, landing a commitment from four-star Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend defensive end TyJuan Garbutt. Following the announcement, Scout spoke with his former head coach Tony DeMarco.

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Virginia Tech landed a big commitment TyJuan Garbutt on Friday.

According to Riverbend head coach Tony DeMarco, the Hokies are getting a special player.

"He's got great size, but he's also just so fast," DeMarco said. "He 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and was the fastest players on the field almost every game. He's also physical and plays extremely hard.

"TyJuan is dynamic enough where if they want to move him linebacker -- I think he could play the position."


Virginia defensive coordinator Bud Foster was Garbutt's lead recruiter and played a big role in his commitment.

"He's started recruiting him early and developed a good relationship with TyJuan," DeMarco said. "He's also a good father figure and TyJuan really wants to be coached by him."

Garbutt has had a huge impact on Riverbend's football program.

"He's created a lot of exposure for our school," DeMarco said. "This makes three straight years that we have an FBS recruit, which is big for our school.

"We have some great underclassmen and they're benefiting from TyJuan because they're also getting seen by all these college coaches."

What is the ceiling for Garbutt?

"I tell people all the time that he has the potential and the skills to play in the NFL," DeMarco said. "With his frame, he could easily weight anywhere between 245 and 265 pounds, and honestly I don't see him losing much speed.

"Obviously, there are no guarantees. He has to stay healthy and continue to progress, but there is no doubt that he could have a chance to play on Sundays."

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