Tripp Carroll headed to VT in January

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Offensive line stud Tripp Carroll is on track to achieve his goal of enrolling at Virginia Tech in January. The fast-talking Carroll, a veritable human quote machine, has some interesting things to say about what he expects when he gets to Tech. We tracked down Carroll at his home last night and asked him about that, plus how his last high school season went.

“If everything goes well here at my school,” Carroll said, “I should be done in December, and then I can join the team in January. December 18th is my last day [of high school]. I’ll arrive at Tech January 10th, move into the dorm, have orientation on January 12th, and classes start on January 13th.”

Carroll will be on scholarship the minute he arrives at Virginia Tech, and his scholarship still counts against the 2003 recruiting class. There was some speculation that he might be able to practice with the team during Tech’s bowl game practices, but Carroll is going to play in a high school all-star game instead.

“I’ll be in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American game. January 5th is the game, and I’ll be there between December 30th and January 5th. I was invited to play in the Florida-California All-Star game as well, but that’s not going to work out, time-wise.”

To say that he’s looking forward to his time at Tech is an understatement. “I’m ready to get my rear-end handed to me,” he says frankly. “I’m looking forward to going somewhere where I’m not the best, where I can get the teaching that I’ve not had in high school. In high school, when you’re older and one of the best players, they kind of overlook you and work with the younger kids, and expect you to teach them.

“I’m ready for it. The only way to get better is to work hard.”

Carroll’s love for Virginia Tech, its coaching staff, and its people is well-documented, and there’s one person in particular that he likes at VT. Totally unprompted, Carroll says, “Somewhere in [this interview], you’ve got to bring up my idol, my future teammate, Jake Grove [whom Carroll first met at the 2002 Spring Game]. He’s the man. I’m maybe going to live with him next year. Not first semester, because I have to live on campus for a semester, but he has offered to have me come live with him next year. We’ve