DE Roth Explains His Hokies Commitment

Nease High (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) defensive end Matt Roth continued the roll of Virginia Tech reeling in commitments, and afterward he talked to about why he chose the Hokies. Roth, who is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, said it was a combination of the football and academics offered at Virginia Tech that led to his decision. Find out inside what else Roth had to say about his historic day.

Nease High (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) defensive end Matt Roth took one visit to Virginia Tech, learned about the building construction program and the football program, and the decision was simple.

A week after visiting the Blacksburg, Va., campus, Roth decided he wanted to spend a lot more time there and became the seventh member of the 2011 recruiting class. He is also the third player to commit to the Hokies in three days.

"I took a visit up there last week and it was just great," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Roth said. "The coaches were great. I really felt like part of the family out there, and Virginia Tech has a really great building construction program, which I'm majoring in."

Roth held more than two dozen offers, including ones from West Virginia, Michigan, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. The one he did not receive was from Florida, where his dad on the defensive line.

"I was thinking about South Carolina a little bit, but I felt Virginia Tech was the right fit," Roth said. "You can compete for a national championship, and having the best education for what I want to do, it was a great combination."

As a junior, Roth made 88 tackles, including 27 for loss of yardage. He added 13½ sacks, and will bring speed and good technique to Virginia Tech.

"He's a great effort kid, and even more talented," Nease assistant head coach David San Juan said. "He's a great natural pass rusher with great instincts, great burst, great get-off, and a great ability to finish a play. He uses his hands tremendously well, and is continuing to get better at that.

"He plays with great leverage, he can run, he's versatile. We can drop him into coverage sometimes."

Roth also believes he is already familiar with the Hokies' defense because of what is run at Nease High.

"The defense Nease runs is similar to the defense Virginia Tech runs, with all the same fire zone and things like that," Roth said. "I think I will fit in well. It's very similar. I haven't gotten into all the play calls with the defensive coaches, but the coaches tell me it's very similar."

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