Posted: 4:00 pm Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Village Academy DE Kevin Bronson chooses Virginia Tech 

By Anthony Chiang

The announcement was supposed to come on signing day, but Kevin Bronson made it official just days before.

The Village Academy defensive end verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Saturday morning, choosing the Hokies over USF and Florida Atlantic.

“I wanted to get it over with,” Bronson said. “I wanted it to be done and let it be known.”

Virginia Tech was seen as the favorite to land Bronson for the past month. The Hokies offered the three-star recruit on Jan. 23 and he took a visit to the campus on Jan. 24, which sealed his commitment.

“I knew it,” he said of the feeling he had after the trip. “I loved it up there. It’s a college town. No matter if it’s raining or whatever, the fans will support you. I like that.”

Defensive line coach Charley Wiles recruited Bronson for the Hokies. The eighth-best recruit on PBGametime’s Class of 2014 Big Board cited Virginia Tech’s tradition, defensive system and defensive coordinator Bud Foster as the reasons for his decision.

As a senior, Bronson recorded 58 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, nine sacks and six forced fumbles for Village Academy.

There have been reports that Bronson may need to spend a year in prep school before joining the Hokies, but he denied it.

“I’m going straight there,” he said. “I have a couple more classes I need to take, but I’m going to be good.”