Earlier today, Meadowbrook standout defensive end prospect John Graves made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. The 6-3, 245-pound 4-star prospect chose Virginia Tech over Virginia in what was a closely contested in-state recruiting race. In the end, the feeling he had at Virginia Tech was the primary reason in how he came to his final decision.
“It really took a long time and thinking about it, and it really came down to where I felt comfortable at,” said Graves, who made an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. He took an official to UVa the previous weekend. “I felt more at home at Tech.”
Did the fact that Virginia had lost its defensive coordinator as well as several other defensive assistants play a part in the decision?
“No,” Graves replied. “Just the feeling. When I went to the Tech official visit, I felt a whole lot more relaxed as though I was at home.”
Graves is happy to have his decision made and looks forward to preparing to get to Blacksburg.
“Man, it’s a burden off of me,” Graves said. “It’s great, but you know it’s also work. It’s just the beginning and I’m going to be working hard. I plan on getting there as soon as possible and that will be July 1st.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Graves initially as a defensive end. What does he think of the defense?
“It’s a great program and they’ve proven themselves year in and year out,” Graves said. “I’m just going to have to work hard in order to pull my rank.”
Meadowbrook captured the Division 5 state championship last season and made the Division 6 regional championship game this year. Graves has been a big part of the team’s success.
“Let’s put it to you like this,” Meadowbrook head coach Bill Bowles said. “We changed the defense in 2003, and we changed the defense because of John. And we are 31-7 in that defense.
“They’re getting a great kid. They’re getting a great competitor. He’s a well grounded young man. He’s a hard worker. He’s going to be a great attribute to Virginia Tech.”
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