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Hokies Land 4-Star Donte Clark for Class of ’13

Coach James Johnson landed his arguably best recruit to date (out of three), getting a verbal commitment from 6’4″ wing Donte Clark.  Clark is yet another kid from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA, bridging that pipeline that started with former Coach Greenberg.  Clark is listed by some services as a small forward (though he’d be very short in the ACC for that) or as a shooting guard.  In other words, expect him to play on the wing.

Donte is low 4-star prospect on average.  ESPN Recruiting Nation ranks him the highest, with Donte at 4 stars, #82 overall in the class, and the #13 small forward.  Rivals has Clark as a 4-star and the #101 prospect in the country, and #27 among shooting guards.  247 Sports rates him the lowest at 3-stars and #112 in the nation, and the #27 shooting guard.

Clark joins big man Trevor Thompson as Class of 2013 commitments for the Hokies.  Donte is originally from Charlotte, another hot bed of Tech recruits of late (JT Thompson, Dorenzo Hudson, and Marquis Rankin).

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  • http://yahoo ray

    hearing more good news could come by ythe end of the week

  • hokiegrad

    at least some see Clark as a combo guard who could see time at the point down the road.

  • HokieGuru

    Think we could get Frank Mason to commit this week, Niemo.

  • Les

    It might be. Pitt signed Josh Newkirk as PG. They were seen as contending for Mason.

    It could also be Ike Iroegbu who has only one more official visit on Friday. It’s between College of Charleston, Washington State (the school he’s due to visit), and VT.

    • Max

      Who do you see as a better prospect: Mason or Iroegbu?

  • Andy McCullough

    Why is DFS still listed as on our roster?

    • Niemo

      Hadn’t updated the roster since the end of last season. Just updated it.

      • Andy McCullough

        He’s still there.

  • HokieGuru

    My understanding is that Frank Mason has spent so much time in Blacksburg that he could be registered to vote – like 3-4 unofficial visits.

  • goodraisin

    It’s nice to see a little forward momentum happening. It won’t show up this season (unfortunately for Erick Green), but James Johnson is filling holes and keeping the engine running a little better than I expected. We’ll have Adam Smith, Donte Clark, and Trevor Thompson for 2013 (and probably Frank Mason as well). Johnson is doing a good job of getting in early on guys who other coaches didn’t have on their radar while they were younger… good job by him and his staff of spotting the potential for growth.

  • Jack

    I know Frank Mason is tough as nails but I mean I can’t be the only one who wants us going after big guys who can bang inside. It seems to be a reoccurring theme where we get bullied down low. We have solid guards for the future in Rankin, Brown, Smith and now Clark. I really hope JVZ shows improvement this year we’ll need him down the line, also I’m hearing good things about Barksdale this offseason

  • HokieGuru

    Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports – who covers college hoops said the same thing you did, Jack – here’s what he said on Twitter about CJ:

    “Word out of Blacksburg is that C.J. Barksdale is a different player than last year. Much more physical. Need to anchor middle 4 V Tech.”

    and here’s what he said about Erick Green:

    “Virginia Tech’s Erick Green has a chance to be the best PG in the ACC. Needs to have a memorable year for Hokies to be competitive.”

  • Andy McCullough

    Good news, looks like DFS is back on the roster.

    • http://yahoo ray

      Really, like dead serious

  • Chris

    I’ve seen nothing about DFS being back on the roster. Pretty sure Andy McCullough is trolling.

    • HokieGuru

      Chris, I think he’s saying that there is an error on the Tech Hoops web site – if you move your mouse cursor on Roster above (don’t click it, though), DFS, as of 2:23 PM, was still listed.

      Niemo removed him from the “clickable” roster – but I think Nimeo still has to remove him from the roster glide down menu – it’s easy to miss – I didn’t know what Andy was talking about until I looked at the web site really closely.

      • Niemo

        Roster is fixed now – his page was still Public and so it still showed up on the drop-down even though I had removed it on the Roster page (separate controls). Hopefully Doe Doe is now extinct from our site.

        • HokieGuru

          I can confirm that it is fixed!!!!

  • Chris

    Ah, I see now. Thanks Guru. And apologies for the callout, Andy. Completely misinterpreted that one.

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