Rashad Carmichael loved his camp experience at Virginia Tech, especially the fact that the Hokies became the first Division 1A program to officially offer him a scholarship. The 5-9, 175-pound Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) prospect, who was a big fan of the Hokies before his camp visit, is now a member of Tech’s 2006 recruiting class.
“Yes, sir,” Carmichael replied when asked if he had committed to the Hokies. He ran a 4.49 in the 40 at Tech’s camp. “I talked to coach Beamer first and he seemed pretty excited. He asked me what took me so long (laughs). He said they’re glad to have me and that I’m an explosive player. He said I can run and they’re going to put a little bit of weight on me, beef me up a little bit, so I’ll red-shirt my first year. Other than that, he’s real excited to have me.”
Carmichael was thinking about committing while at Tech’s camp, but was advised to return home to speak to his parents first. He did just that and made the verbal today.
“The biggest thing for me was the education,” Carmichael said. “I liked when coach Ball let me know that most of their players graduate before their senior season even starts. I like that a lot. I like the coaches – coach Ball, coach Ward, coach Beamer. They all showed me a lot of love at the camp. And, again, I always wanted to play in the ACC and I love Virginia Tech.”
Primarily a cornerback for Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes, Carmichael led the team with five interceptions despite not being a starter. Coach Lorenzo Ward paid close attention to his camp performance and the Hokies likely will play him at cornerback. Carmichael says he could see some time at wide receiver as well.
For his senior season, Carmichael will assume a starting role at cornerback and should see significant time at tailback as well. He is a captain.
“It’s going to be real exciting going into this season,” said Carmichael. “We’ve got a lot of talent with players like Philip Taylor and Adrian Moten. There are going to be a lot of scouts at the games because of the talent we have, but I’m already committed so I’m just going to have fun and try to bring home a state championship.
Right now, Rashad is just enjoying his college decision.
“I’m excited, but it’s like a dream and I’m waiting to wake up,” Carmichael said. He is on track to easily qualify academically. “A lot of people told me I couldn’t do it. A lot of people told me I was too small,...
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