Robertson Comments on Commitment

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One word described Liberty (Bedford, VA) star Daryl Robertson’s feelings after committing to Virginia Tech.

“Relieved,” Robertson replied when asked how he felt about his decision. “I decided about two or three weeks ago. I wasn’t for sure, so I wanted to check with my parents first. They said it was my decision and I just felt like it was time.”

The decision turned out to be an easy one for Robertson, who had taken numerous visits to Blacksburg and has participated in camp for several years as well.

“It feels like I’m right at home,” Robertson said. “The coaching staff is straight up with you. They’ll tell you what you need to know. They don’t tell you what you want to know. They’re straight with you and if you don’t like it, then you just don’t like it. I like the campus atmosphere and the school is where a lot of Liberty kids go. I have a few of family members there also.

“It’s like a bigger Bedford.”

A defensive tackle and offensive guard for head coach Chris Watts, Robertson was recruited by Virginia Tech to play defensive tackle. Currently 6-3, 301 pounds right now, Robertson says the Tech coaches would like for him to come to Blacksburg at 285 or 290.

“I’m working my butt off to tell you the truth,” Robertson said of his current summer workouts. He hopes to help Liberty back to another state title. “I just want to be [at Virginia Tech]. I want to work my hardest and hopefully I’ll be able to play. I actually want to be red-shirted my first year, but if that doesn’t happen then I’ll be more than happy to play and show ‘em what I can do.

“I feel very blessed to be playing at Virginia Tech at all. For me to be going to one of the top defenses in the ACC, then I’m very happy. I’m just happy to be going to a top Division 1 college.”

What does Daryl feel he’ll bring to the Tech defense?

“I’m going to try to bring some power,” Robertson said. “I have a little bit of speed, but I’m working on that. I have good leadership, so I’ll bring that with me. They already have good leaders.”

A good sign for Tech fans is that Robertson’s favorite player is current Tech star Darryl Tapp. Tapp, who is known for his work ethic as well as his ability, has become a good friend of Robertson’s over the past few years.

“It’s going to influence me a lot,” Robertson said of his friendship with Tapp. “Like I said, he is my favorite