Posted: 10:35 pm Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Atlantic DT Luther Maddy will sign with Virginia Tech 

By Matt Porter

From David Clowney to Brandon Flowers to Jayron Hosley to Mark Leal, Virginia Tech has had recent success in picking former Atlantic standouts.

Now it looks like the Hokies will get two more.

Late Tuesday, Atlantic coach Chris Bean said defensive tackle Luther Maddy received an offer from Virginia Tech and would sign with the Hokies on Wednesday. Defensive end Wedley Estime was already expected to sign.

Maddy said he was overjoyed at the prospect of continuing his defensive-line partnership with Estime.

“We’re going to do the same thing we did at Atlantic,” an excited Maddy said.

Maddy visited Blacksburg last weekend with Estime and West Boca wide receiver Robert Lockhart, who is also expected to sign with the Hokies. Maddy didn’t have an offer, but when another defensive tackle prospect decided to commit elsewhere, the Hokies came calling for Maddy.

“They weren’t real sure of the numbers,” Bean said. “They were down to two guys. I guess one of the guys picked another school.”

Maddy was originally committed to Marshall, but the school never officially offered. He also had interest from Washington, who was to host him on a visit last weekend; Western Michigan, which he visited; UNLV, FIU and FAU.

Virginia Tech has installed a pipeline that flows from Delray Beach to Blacksburg, Va. Atlantic alums Clowney (Class of 2002), Flowers (’03) Hosley (’09), Leal (’10) precede Maddy and Estime at Virginia Tech.

Maddy and Estime have a connection to Lockhart as well. Lockhart, who transferred to West Boca from Boca Raton after his sophomore year, played youth football and attended Carver Middle School with the two.

For a roundup of all of Wednesday’s expected Division 1 signings, click here. Be sure to visit Recruiting Central on national signing day for updates and analysis on Gators, Hurricanes, Seminoles, Owls and area high school recruiting. Follow Matt Porter on Twitter @mattyports.

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