Fleet-footed WR expands Hokies' class to 18

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring stopped by Lynchburg Christian Academy on Friday morning and came away with a commitment from speedy wide receiver Demetri Knowles.

Knowles, who is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, had 25 receptions for 338 yards and six touchdowns this season and is one of Virginia's premier sprinters in track.

"He has legit 4.4 speed in the 40, maybe better," LCA coach Frank Rocco said. "Virginia Tech's track program was very important in his decision."

Knowles received an early offer from Virginia, but the Cavaliers moved in another direction when he did not commit. Knowles subsequently took an official visit to Connecticut before the Huskies made a coaching change.

Knowles' parents live in the Bahamas and he has been in the United States for two years, starting with the 2009 football season when he had 11 receptions for 276 yards and five touchdowns.

"He has great speed and very good hands," Rocco said, "but he's still learning in the game."

Knowles is the 18th player to commit to Tech for the 2011 entering class.

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