Hokies capitalizing on local talent

Originally Published: September 19, 2012
By Dave Hooker | RecruitingNation
While there certainly are some linemen in Virginia and West Virginia, the area is most known for its skill position players, linebackers and defensive backs.

Virginia boasts 13 prospects in the ESPN 300, led by the nation's highest-rated quarterback, Christian Hackenberg from Fork Union (Va.) Military. Hackenberg has been committed to Penn State since February, but it remains to be seen if that will stick, considering the severe NCAA sanctions on the Nittany Lions. Virginia is a haven for quarterbacks this year, with three on the ESPN 300: Hackenberg; Ryan Burns from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge; and Bucky Hodges from Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem. Burns is committed to Stanford. Hodges is committed to Virginia Tech.

West Virginia's highest-rated prospect is wide receiver Ryan Switzer, from Charleston (W. Va.) George Washington. He has been committed to North Carolina since March, but, like Hackenberg, is waiting to see how off-field issues at the school play out.

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Dave Hooker

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