Ed Wang expects a breakout year for himself and his team in 2004. Wang, who is team captain as defensive end/tight end for Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, has worked hard in the off-season to improve his already impressive size and speed numbers.
In addition to participating in the typical team workouts over the off-season, Wang worked out on his own on weekends. He hopes his work pays big dividends this season.
“Now, I’m 6-5 ½, 260-pounds,” Wang said. “I grew ½ an inch. I got my 40 time down in the 4.6s, so now I can run in the mid to high 4.6s. I was timed at Stone Bridge, and I’ve also been timing myself. I can also bench around 340-pounds and I had a 30-inch vertical jump at Virginia Tech’s camp.”
Stone Bridge got off to the good start it wanted last Friday, defeating Turner Ashby 24-9. Wang had a solid game, catching 3 passes for 29 yards and a score. This season, Wang feels more in control, which in turn gives him more confidence to make plays.
“I feel like I have more control now,” Wang said. “I have more control of my body. I feel more comfortable with myself and my abilities now.”
Wang’s athleticism makes him an extremely versatile player. At defensive end, he can rush the passer or fall back into pass coverage. At tight end, he is an effective blocker and receiver. This season, he will be split out as a wide receiver on occasion.
On the next level, Virginia Tech could use Wang at a number of positions – offensive tackle, defensive end or tackle or tight end are possibilities.
“I’m not sure where they’ll play me,” Wang said of Virginia Tech. “It doesn’t really matter. Whichever position they think I’ll fit the best is where I’ll play.”
Wang spoke to Virginia Tech last week – specifically Coach Ward, who is his primary recruiter.
“They called me last week,” Wang said of Virginia Tech. “They just asked how I was doing. I talked to Coach Ward. I think he and I have a pretty tight relationship.”
The Stone Bridge star saw his future team in person when he attended the Virginia Tech/USC game at FedEx Field.
“It was a pretty good atmosphere,” said Wang, who went to the game with his family. “I liked all the fans that came out for the game. I really thought they were going to win. They had a few errors, but I though they were the best team on the field. They held up pretty good.”
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