February 16, 2012

Hokies first to jump in mix for VA sleeper

Just prior to National Signing Day, Virginia Tech extended a new offer to an in-state junior recruit. It was the first scholarship in for the Commonwealth prospect and Tech will get a further look at the recruit this weekend as he makes his way to junior day.

"I'm getting interest from Virginia Tech, Richmond and James Madison," Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka said. "Those are the only three that know about me for real.

"Virginia Tech offered me two weeks ago. That's pretty cool, I like it and finally my hard work has paid off."

Motuapuaka talked to his recruiter, Bryan Stinespring about the offer.

"He was just saying how he wanted me after my Salem career is over. Then, he offered me over the phone."

What does the 6-foot-0, 210-pounder think of the Hokies?

"It's a good school, I'd go there," he said. "They've got a good program for what I want to major in, mechanical engineering. I've also been up there for camp with Bucky Hodges. I know Coach Foster likes me and he talked to me when I was up there. I'm going to their junior day this weekend on the 18th."

With a return visit in a matter of days, what does he want to see on the trip?

"I don't know what to expect," he said. "I just want to feel at home wherever I go, with the coaches and players. At the same time, I want to get a good education."

The bigger question is, is there any chance he's close to a decision?

"No, I'm going to wait."

One thing that won't matter for the linebacker as he looks around Tech and others schools is location as he originally hails from Tonga in the South Pacific and his father is in the military. Motuapuaka is in his third year in Virginia after stints in Germany and New Zealand.

A solid 3.1 GPA student, Motuapuaka plans to head to James Madison on March 24th for a junior day as well.

On the field, he posted approximately 95 tackles while earning all-Tidewater and all-Beach honors.

"I think my explosiveness sticks out, and I've got a little bit of speed as a linebacker," he said. "I just want to probably improve more on my speed and get more size still."

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