ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Early Wednesday morning, William Byrd athlete Israel Hairston committed to furthering his athletic career at his dream school, Virginia Tech.

Hairston, the Terrier quarterback, signed his letter of intent as a preferred walk-on for Virginia Tech’s football team.

In addition to excelling in four sports during high school, Hairston maintained a GPA above 4.0 and was honored as the Class 3 VHSL Scholar Athlete of the Year.


William Byrd Class of 2024 athletes, band members honored at Senior  Recognition Night – Vinton Messenger


After signing, he expressed his excitement about Virginia Tech recognizing both his athletic and academic talents.

“It was amazing,” he said. “Attending Virginia Tech has been a childhood dream of mine, just like many kids in Virginia. Having that opportunity was fantastic for me. Throughout my recruiting process, I aimed to find a school with a strong engineering program, which is my lifelong passion and a path followed by my brother and dad. Virginia Tech felt like the perfect fit for me.”

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