Visit Made Huge Impact on DeChristopher

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6-5, 295-pound Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout Blake DeChristopher had an excellent visit to Virginia Tech yesterday, which is when he decided to make his commitment to the Hokies. caught up with Blake today, and he discussed yesterday’s experience and what other factors played a part in his decision.

“When I was there yesterday, I just felt comfortable with the staff and the players. The players were real straightforward and straight up with me. There was a real sincerity there that I enjoyed and really liked about the school,” DeChristopher said. “I went with my Mom and Dad. I got to talk to John Graves and a couple other players. I talked to coach Cavanaugh and coach Ballein and the rest of the coaches there. I just made my decision on that. I could see myself playing there.”

DeChristopher has official offers from Maryland, Ohio State and Virginia and has been receiving heavy interest from North Carolina and N.C. State. In the end, the decision came down to two.

“I figured out that I was going to stay in-state a couple weeks ago,” DeChristopher said. “It was pretty much just between UVa and Virginia Tech. It was a tough decision. But, when it came down to it, I just felt good about Tech and that’s how I made my decision. It was just based on how I felt.”

Virginia Tech’s primary recruiter here is Jim Cavanaugh. New offensive line coach Curt Newsome played a major role as well, and DeChristopher has come to respect and admire both coaches.

“He’s just a straightforward guy,” DeChristopher said of coach Cav. “There are no lines with him. He tells you like it is. He was really straightforward with me and I respect that.

“I liked [coach Newsome] a whole lot. He seems really nice and he is straightforward, too. He seems like he cares about you academically and football-wise. Coach Newsome came to my district meet for outdoor track. That meant a lot to me.”

Virginia Tech is recruiting DeChristopher as an offensive tackle, which is the position he plays in high school (he plays defensive tackle as well). The Tech staff wasn’t shy about the fact that they want offensive linemen in this