Virginia Tech’s football program has picked up its second commitment in as many days. This time, the Hokies headed to the state of Georgia to land a 6-5, 220-pound tight end prospect.
The prospect is Brandon Barden of Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton, Georgia.
“He is visiting Virginia Tech right now with his father and mother,” Lincoln County head coach Larry Campbell said. “Virginia Tech offered him this morning and he committed.”
According to Campbell, Virginia Tech was a program Barden was extremely interested in long before today – not just for the football program, but for the academics as well. Barden also held offers from Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Georgia was showing heavy interest as well.
Before the visit to Virginia Tech this week, Barden had visited Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
“Without a doubt,” Campbell answered when asked if Tech was a school Barden was interested in from the beginning. Barden carries around a 4.0 GPA. “Brandon is a very good student. His mom is the Principal here, so he comes from a good academic background. Brandon has an eye towards Engineering and he wanted to go somewhere with a good football program and a good academic program. Virginia Tech fits that bill real well.”
Primarily a quarterback the past two seasons, Barden is being recruited by Tech initially as a tight end. A good athlete, he has played varsity football, basketball and baseball but gave up basketball this year to focus on getting stronger.
“He’s played quarterback for us and tight end for us,” Campbell said. “I think his versatility is what coach Beamer liked about him. He plays quarterback for us, but they are recruiting him as a tight end and hoping to put more weight on him.”
In 2005, Barden led Lincoln County to a Class A state championship title.
“We started off the season at 0-3 experimenting with different quarterbacks,” Campbell recalled of the 2005 season. “Then we decided we would be a better football team with Brandon at quarterback. We moved him back to quarterback and we won 12 in a row. That says something about him. He’s a heck of a player and a heck of an athlete. He’s going to be an asset to anybody’s program. He’ll be one of the top recruits in the state of Georgia.”
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