January 28, 2011
Malleck switches to Hokies
Virginia Tech received a big pledge earlier today. Following a visit last weekend, Point Pleasant (N.J.) Point Pleasant Borough tight end Ryan Malleck made his decision.
"He verballed to Virginia Tech today," Point Pleasant Borough head coach Sean Henry said. "He committed about two hours ago.
"It was just a matter of comparing all the schools and laying everything out to find the best fit, the coaching staff, the campus, the football program and everything. Virginia Tech seemed like the best choice for Ryan."
Malleck is coming off a visit recently, how influential was that visit?
"Yeah I think it was everything, I know he was very impressed with Coach Beamer," he said. "He loved the coaching staff and the facilities were beautiful. Again, it's the tradition of the program and what they have done in the past. It made sense to him.
"It's been tough on him. It's a lot of pressure and a big decision. He's been overwhelmed with phone calls, but is a great kid with a great head on him. He stepped back with his mom and dad and I definitely think he's relieved to know where he's heading, we expect big things out of him."
With that, what is Virginia Tech getting in Malleck?
"They're getting definitely a great football player," he said. "Beyond that, he works his butt off. He has a great work ethic and comes from a good family. I think he's going to have a big career there.
"He's a great athlete and a great football player. He makes big plays whenever he has to. He's a leader on and off the field that every high school and college coach wants. He's a special kid. He's everything you look for in a Division I player. His biggest days are ahead of him at Virginia Tech."
Certainly the potential is there for Malleck to see the field early at Tech and that wouldn't surprise Henry.
"Nothing would surprise me, the sky is the limit with him," he said. "One thing he has to work on the most is his run blocking skills. We've not asked him to do, as much in our offense, he's more of a pass catching threat. He's the kind that will pick it up quick; he'll work hard and do the right things to improve.
"With his work ethic and great attitude, he'll find his way on the field."
Just as good of a player he is, the three-star prospect is a terrific person too.
"I think that he's the kind of kid that you want as a son because he's a quiet leader," he said. "He comes from a tight knit family. I had him in class and I'm sure Virginia Tech and Frank Beamer saw that right away. He's the kind you want in your program."
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