One of the surprise visitors heading into this past weekend was Murray (KY) star Cory Zirbel. Virginia Tech has quietly been in the mix for the 6-6 1/4, 300-pound prospect since the Spring of this year, but it was only last week when many learned just how serious Tech was involved.
“Virginia Tech offered back in April,” Zirbel said. “I had so many offers thrown out at me at that time. By the end of August, I had started narrowing down my list of schools, and that’s when I had my top 7. Virginia Tech was in that. I visited some of the schools in the top 7 and didn’t like them as much as I thought I would, so that’s how I got my top 4. My top 4, not in any order, is Virginia Tech, Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma.”
So how was his official visit to Virginia Tech?
“It was awesome,” Zirbel said. It was his first ever visit to Virginia Tech. “Gameday was just incredible. It’s amazing that it can get that loud in a stadium that only seats like 60 to 70 thousand fans. It was just as loud as anywhere else I’ve been.”
How did he get along with the players and coaches?
“I got along real good with them,” Zirbel said. “I met with Coach Beamer, Coach Wiles and Coach Stinespring. Coach Wiles is my recruiting coach, so we’ve talked a lot before. I liked hanging around the players. I got along good with everybody.”
Zirbel, who was hosted by junior offensive tackle Jimmy Martin, is being recruited by Virginia Tech as an offensive tackle. When asked what the main positive Virginia Tech has going for it following the official visit, the opportunity to play early topped the list.
“They’ve got a slim depth chart on tackles,” Zirbel said. “That’s a factor – early playing time. That’s a thing I’m going to look at in making my decision.”
Before making the visit to Virginia Tech, Zirbel had made an official visit to Oklahoma in October. When asked to compare the visits, he replied “I liked Oklahoma a lot too. I spent a lot of time with the players and coaches there. They were definitely close.”
Earlier in the process, Michigan had been thought to be the leader. Now, it appears that may not be the case.
“I hadn’t visited many schools other than Michigan,” Zirbel said. “I’ve been to a couple of places now and I’d say they are all even. I mean I like Michigan a lot, but I’ve changed since I’ve visited...
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