Chris Drager began rooting for Virginia Tech during the Michael Vick era and continued through the Kevin Jones (a former high school star in Pennsylvania) era. He bought Virginia Tech apparel. He was a fan. And, last month, he became a part of the team when he decided to commit to the Hokies.
“After the [senior] camp, me, my brother, my family and my coach just talked a long time about it,” Drager said. “After that, I think we figured out it was probably the best place for me.”
Drager received an offer from Virginia Tech in late May (he called the offer “out of the blue, but I was really excited.”). He had taken a visit to Blacksburg on April 15th, when he took in the Virginia Tech spring game. This experience solidified Tech’s position as one of Drager’s favorites, but there was another school up there as well.
“Them and West Virginia were probably always at the top of my list, even when I didn’t have an offer from them,” Drager said. “When I went down there for the spring game, it just solidified it. I liked it a lot down there.”
Drager recalled the highlights of his spring game experience.
“First of all, I didn’t realize the fan base was that insane down there,” Drager said. “I took a small tour of the facilities and they were awesome. That was when they were getting construction on the stadium, so it seemed like they were getting better even though everything was already awesome.
“I visited both schools two or three times this year. I mean, I always watched Virginia Tech when I was a kid, so they always had a little bit of an edge over the other schools because it was one of my dream schools to go to.”
Following the official offer, Tech was certainly in good shape for the Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson City, PA) standout. Drager decided to make a second trip to Blacksburg for the senior camp, which offered him the opportunity to see how the coaches work. He was very impressed with Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends coach Bryan Stinespring, who also happens to be Drager’s primary recruiter.
“I went down there to get an idea of how I worked with the coaches,” Drager said. “I worked with coach Stinespring. I had a good time. He seemed like a good coach and I could get along with him. He’s a straightforward guy. He told me the truth and what was up....
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