This past Saturday, Virginia Tech received a commitment from talented 6-4, 300 pound DeMatha Catholic offensive tackle Robert Norris. Norris chose the Hokies over offers from Syracuse and Maryland.
We caught up with Robert last night to discuss his recent decision.
Norris on his unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday, May 29th…
“My mother and I left the house at 4 am on Saturday morning,” Norris said. “It was just me and my mother. On the way we actually got a little lost (laughs). We ended up in another part of Virginia, in a small town outside of Blacksburg. We asked for directions and then went there. We were about an hour away. We got there around 10 [am] and Coach Hite was waiting. The Defensive Backs Coach [Lorenzo Ward] was waiting as well.
“They took us around campus, showed us the facilities, the weight room, and even the training room as well. Then the Offensive Line Coach [Bryan Stinespring] met me and then Coach Beamer before he had to leave for a wedding. Everyone was so nice, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Everyone was like a big family. And Coach Hite graduated from DeMatha, so we had that connection as well. We have some players there right now, including a linebacker and a defensive lineman. Kenny has committed, so everything felt at home for me. I liked the hometown feel of it all. Everything was what I wanted.
“I had made my decision by the end of the visit. We left around 3:00 on Saturday. On the way home, my mom told me that it was great but I didn’t need to rush anything. I had made my decision earlier. I just wanted to talk to Coach McGregor about it to make sure there is not anything else to consider. I called him and he said he felt good about the choice. He said I fit in well academically and physically. He said Virginia Tech’s like an extended family with all of the players they’ve had from DeMatha. Plus it’s not too far from home.”
Norris on his mother’s feeling of the visit…
“My mother loved it,” Norris said. “When Coach Hite showed us the locker room, we were standing in front of another offensive lineman’s locker. I saw a knee brace on the ground, and I think I made a comment because Coach Hite started telling me how much it helps out to prevent an injury. Then my mom asked Coach Hite what would happen if I were to get injured on the field, and Coach Hite said they would still respect my scholarship. That really got my mom...
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