Hokies First Offer for Carmichael

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Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) athlete Rashad Carmichael was receiving interest from several ACC programs including Virginia Tech heading into the VT senior camp this past weekend, but he hadn’t received any offers yet. That all changed after his performance on Saturday.

“Yes, sir,” Carmichael replied when asked if Virginia Tech had offered. “They offered me after the camp was over. I just went up there and had fun. I talked to coach Ball before the camp even started and he said ‘if we like you, then after the camp we’ll offer’. I went out there and did what I had to do. I just had fun. I went up there with my teammate, Troy, so I felt comfortable. I felt like I was at practice.”

Carmichael ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 4.26 in the shuttle. Tech was obviously very impressed with Carmichael’s speed and quickness and are recruiting him to play cornerback “and also a little bit of receiver,” Carmichael said.

As a junior last season, Carmichael was a key contributor for Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes. This season, expect bigger things out of the 5-8, 180-pound recruit.

“For coach Hayes, I play tailback and corner,” Carmichael said. “My strengths are probably my quickness and my footwork. I know the game. I study the game and I’ve been studying it for a long time, now. This season should be a pretty good season. Last year, I didn’t even start and I led the team in interceptions. Every time I got in, I produced. I had five interceptions. This year, they’re going to play me on offense a little bit, too. Last season, I carried the ball at running back one time and I had a 65-yard touchdown. We had a lot of seniors on the team, so I had to sit back and wait my turn.”

A decision could come very soon here, with Virginia Tech being the big-time favorite.

“I want to make my decision by the end of the week,” Carmichael said. “All I’ve ever looked at is ACC schools and when Virginia Tech moved to the ACC, I fell in love with them. I play with them on the NCAA video game. When they gave me the offer, all I had to do was come home and talk it over with my parents. The [Virginia Tech] coaches told me to come back home and discuss it with my parents before I did anything. I think Virginia Tech is probably where I’ll be after my senior season. I fell in love with Virginia Tech already.”

Has he talked about a possible decision with his parents?

“I already talked to my dad