Wang Discusses Commitment

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Stone Bridge High School (VA) junior prospect Ed Wang has been a fan of Virginia Tech since he was very young. How young?…how about since the start of elementary school.

“I’d say I’ve been a fan of Virginia Tech since about the 1st grade,” said Wang, who committed to Virginia Tech today. He is the first commitment for the 2005 recruiting class. “I just really like the program and the winning tradition.

“I got a chance to go to Virginia Tech for their camp earlier this summer. That was the first time they told me that they were really interested in me.”

Wang is both enthusiastic and relieved to make his commitment. With his recruiting process decided, he now looks forward to concentrating on getting bigger, stronger, and better before getting to Blacksburg.

“I’m very excited about the commitment,” said Wang. “It takes a lot of pressure off of me. It also gives me incentive to work a lot harder and concentrate on what I need to do before I get to Virginia Tech.”

At 6-5, 260 pounds, Wang is a standout tight end and defensive end for Stone Bridge. He is a phenomenal athlete for his size, as he runs a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash.

Wang plays basketball as well, which he says really helps his play on the football field.

“Playing basketball really helps me in football,” said Wang. “It helps my footwork, helps me keep in good condition and even helps me drop a few pounds.”

Great athletes are nothing new to the Wang family. Ed’s parents, Robert and Nancy, were members of the 1984 Chinese Olympic team. His father competed in the high jump while his mother ran hurdles.

Mr. and Mrs. Wang encouraged their son to play sports and, more importantly, to have a great work ethic.

“When I was little, they pushed me to play sports,” said Wang. “I’ve been playing football since I was six. They also taught me to strive harder in everything I do.”

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Ed used to and still does face his father in foot races. So how does he fare against the former Olympian?

“I beat him,” said Wang with a laugh. “When I was younger we would race, and I could beat him. Now that he’s older I can always beat him.”

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