UVA, Tech land in-state recruits

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The recruiting war between UVA and Virginia Tech continues on this summer. Wednesday both schools received verbal commitments from Commonwealth recruits.

Augie Conte, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Blessed Sacrament Huguenot in Powhatan committed to Tech. Bayside High's Anthony Cooper committed today to Virginia.

Conte also had scholarship offers from Virginia and Old Dominion.

Cooper also considered offers from Vanderbilt and Tennessee. He's considered by many recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 75 receiver prospects.

He joins a receiver class that includes Hampton High's Jamall Brown. In addition, UVA commitments Will Wahee from Norfolk Christian School and Maurice Canady from Varina High in Richmond could end up at receiver.

Last season, Cooper had 40 catches for 785 yards and seven touchdowns. He added five touchdowns on returns (kickoff, punt and interceptions).

He's the 16th commitment UVA's '12 class, which includes 10 in-state recruits.

Conte, who visited Tech yesterday, is the second offensive lineman to commit to Tech for the 2012 recruiting class. He joins offensive guard Jake Willenbrock from Exton, PA.

Though neither Conte and Willenbrock had hordes of recruiters banging down their doors (Willenbrock's other offers were from Temple and Tulane), they could be considered critical additions to Tech's class because the Hokies added just one offensive lineman (tackle Jake Goins) in the class of '11. Tech will lose at least four offensive linemen (starting seniors Jaymes Brooks, Greg Nosal at guard, and Andrew Lanier and Blake DeChristopher at tackle) after this coming season.

Conte, who was recruited by Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer, is the 22nd high school commitment for Tech's '12 class. He's the 13th in-state commitment in the class (already four more in-state kids than Tech had in the '11 class).

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