East Lake linebacker Carson Lydon committed to Virginia Tech after Wednesday's practice.
Lydon, a rising senior, picked the Hokies over North Carolina State and Wisconsin. He initially was going to announce his decision after Friday's spring game against Osceola but decided he didn't want to wait any longer to make it official.
"I made up my mind about a week and a half ago," Lydon. "I thought now would be the best time to do this so I didn't have it hanging over me the next few days and I could concentrate on getting ready for our game."
Last season, Lydon moved from North Carolina to East Lake in part to gain more exposure playing in Florida. He made an immediate impact with the Eagles, registering 149 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions to help lead the team to their first Class 7A state semifinal appearance.
"Coming down here was the best decision I never made," Lydon said. "I say that, because I didn't want to move and I kind of resented my mom at first for doing it. Turns out, it was one of the best decisions we made, second to this commitment."
Lydon said he visited Virginia Tech twice in the past two months. The Hokies recruited him as a linebacker.
"I love everything about the school, the location, the coaches, it was just the perfect fit for me," Lydon said.