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Long time coming: Jarrod Hewitt commits to the Hokies

After a couple months of speculation, Florida DT Jarrod Hewitt committed to Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Another Florida TD for the Hokies, as Jarrod Hewitt steps up to replace Luther Maddy down the line.
Another Florida TD for the Hokies, as Jarrod Hewitt steps up to replace Luther Maddy down the line.
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Well, this commitment presented a low amount of surprise. Venice, Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt committed to Virginia Tech this morning, per his twitter and 247sports.

Hewitt's been a target of this coaching staff even before Fuente was on board- Wiles was going after him while he was still a Rutgers commit. When he decommitted, many viewed it as only a matter of time before he became a Hokie. Sunday morning, in what could be an exciting string of days for this class, confirmed that. He rates as a three-star by Scout, ESPN, and 247, but a two-star on Rivals. He's the 19th commitment for the class of 2016.

Jarrod Hewitt (Venice, FL. 290lbs, 6'-2", Defensive Tackle)

Hewitt's most intriguing trait is his speed/size ratio. For being almost 300lbs (I'd err that he's closer to 270-280, however), Jarrod gets up and moves really fast. He's not a bull rusher, even for his strength- he's much more a speed/quickness rusher. It might be why he's rated lower- he's kind of a tweener rather than a pure DT or a pure DE. I can see him going either way in college to some degree- either becoming another Vinny Mihota type, or becoming something more akin to what Corey Marshall was- the weakside DT. He's also a pretty sure tackler that takes good angles to the ball and doesn't overpursue into the hole frequently- and when he does, he's actually got some speed to make it back up to his target. Completely worth the scholarship at the spot, and since we've got interior defensive line depth, he'll probably see playing time in two or three years. I'd expect a redshirt to get himself straightened out in terms of position and body type, but after that, he could be a very productive player.

Congratulations, Jarrod, and welcome to the Hokies!