Tyrone Appleton, one of the top defenders in the class of 2006, is off the board. The three-star guard from Harmony Prep in Cincinnati verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Thursday, according to his coach Travis McAvene.
The 6-foot-3, 190 pound combo guard originally from Gary, Ind., decided he was ready to end his heated recruitment as the new year begins.
"He's a 100 percent to them," McAvene said. "We met last night and talked about it and he had a lot of schools coming in like LSU and Illinois but he was like 'This is where I want to be.' It's a good place for him. Tyrone always wanted to be an ACC guard."
Appleton shapes out a fine class for Virginia Tech. He joins D.C. natives Nigel Muson and Jeff Allen as well as four-star power forward Lewis Witcher from Virginia.
"They are getting a hard-nosed kid how knows how to create opportunities to score the ball," McAvene said. "On top of that, he's one of the best on the ball defenders in the country. He's a beast on the ball."
Appleton officially visited Virginia Tech in the fall and considered interest from Washington and Missouri. The senior is averaging 19.5 points, eight assists and 2.2 steals per game for Harmony Prep (15-2).