Before Cory Holt even visited Virginia Tech, he stated that he would likely commit despite having never seen the campus. That was before signing with the Hokies in February of 2003. His eagerness to join Virginia Tech remains during his stint at Hargrave.
When I asked Holt how much he was looking forward to being in a Hokie uniform, a big grin came across his face.
“I’m ready,” said the 6-5, 220 pound quarterback. “I’m going to leave Hargrave in December – I’m going to Virginia Tech in January. I’ll work hard to get that done. Right now, Virginia Tech is doing good…they have a big game next week against Texas A&M but I’m looking forward to seeing that.”
Holt admits he needed an adjustment period after arriving at Hargrave earlier this summer. He has since adjusted and feels like he is playing well.
“It started off pretty rough, and I had to do a lot of adjusting,” said Holt. “Now, I’m getting used to it and I think it will prepare me well for next year – studying wise and on the football field. Coach Prunty stays on me, and that’s what I need. There are two good quarterbacks up there [at VT] and I need somebody to push me and Coach Prunty has done that.”
Getting chemistry going within the offense can be tough at a place like Hargrave, where there are two other quarterbacks who need to see playing time as well. Even so, Holt has managed some good moments this year.
In a 35-6 victory over Bridgewater, Holt connected with wide receiver Justin Harper on a 61-yard touchdown pass.
“I’m playing all right,” said Holt. “I’m used to playing the whole game, but there are two other quarterback who have to get looks. I’m satisfied with what’s going on right now, but there are still some things I need to work on.”
With Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick on board, Virginia Tech plans on red-shirting Holt next season. If he is needed, however, Holt knows he will be ready.
“That’s the plan,” said Holt of red-shirting his first season at Tech. “But if something happens and I don’t red-shirt I’ll be ready.”
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