Antonio North recently became the seventh member of Virginia Tech’s 2005 recruiting class. The 6-4, 300 pound offensive lineman shows the athletic ability and versatily to play anywhere along the offensive line, however he is projected as a guard for Virginia Tech.
I caught up with North last night for some comments on his commitment to Virginia Tech. He chose the Hokies over offers from NC State, UVa, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
First of all, knowing how tough of a decision this was, are you relieved to have made a choice?
“Yeah, it’s a good thing to get off my shoulders.”
Your decision came down to Virginia Tech and NC State. What finally pushed Tech past NC State?
“Recently I talked to Coach Cook about when he made his college decision. He told me he was in the same position as me and that he just chose the school where he felt most comfortable. I chose where I felt most comfortable. It came down to the fact that I felt more comfortable at Virginia Tech than any place else.”
How excited are you about the chance to play Division I-A football?
“I’ve heard it’s really tough when you first get [to the next level]. I have the mindset to get ready for it now so I won’t get killed when I get there. I’m a little nervous about it, but I’m excited.”
What position does Virginia Tech want you to play?
“They recruited me to play guard but I’m up for anything (laughs).”
When did you first start getting interested in Virginia Tech?
“When I first moved here from California my freshman year in high school, I hadn’t really heard about Virginia Tech. Then we had a player who went to Tech. He told me how much he liked it and that I should give them a look. So I started looking at them more after he told me about them. Then they started sending me letters and I was like ‘ok, they’re interested in me.’ Then they offered and I was blown away, but I also had offers from an NC State and a UVa and these other schools. I looked at all of the schools who had offered me, and I just felt more comfortable at Virginia Tech.”
What are your impressions of your recruiting coach, Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster?
“Coach Foster is a great guy. I was really comfortable talking with him. It’s like he was already one of my coaches. And then I felt comfortable talking to Coach Beamer. He was a great guy as well.”
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