By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
In a surprising last minute turn of events, Village Academy defensive end Kevin Bronson has been granted his scholarship release from Virginia Tech and will enroll at South Florida instead.
Village Academy head coach Don Hanna said Bronson was informed this past Friday that he was one point shy on his ACT of qualifying.
Hanna said Bronson was aware his test scores were on the border, but was given assurances it wouldn't be an issue.
"After Signing Day, Virginia Tech said he'd need a 17 on all categories," said Hanna. "He ended up being a point shy on English and Math. We were told if he didn't get it, they'd go before the [academic] committee and they'd be able to get him in."
"The closer we got to him coming up, they started saying, 'There's a 50/50 chance we'll be able to get you up.' They were giving him the run-around."
"They didn't treat Kevin right from the beginning. He was like a second-tier guy for them. They missed out on some other defensive linemen and took a chance on Kevin. I don't think he would have had a great career there because he wasn't one of the guys they wanted."
After informing Bronson he was short of qualifying, Virginia Tech said they wouldn't be able to get him in asked if he would enroll in prep school during the fall. Following that discussion, Bronson requested for his scholarship release.
According to Hanna, the school made a sudden reversal as Hokies' head coach Frank Beamer then told Bronson he would go to the head of the academic committee and get him in.
By that point, Bronson and his family decided they were ready to move on.
"Once that happened, [Bronson and his father] came to the conclusion that they don't want to deal with that going forward."
Bronson was then granted his release by Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Afterward, Bronson began reaching out to schools who were interested in him before Signing Day.
The defensive end was close to signing with USF back in February, so choosing the Bulls ended up being a natural fit. Hanna said that Bronson will head to Tampa this weekend to enroll at the school.
Bronson will be eligible to play immediately at USF.