Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) standout tight end Andrew Lanier received an offer from Virginia Tech “about midway through June.” The 6-5, 230-pound prospect had never visited Virginia Tech before, but, a few days before heading to Blacksburg for the July 8th senior camp, he decided he would commit to the Hokies. TSL caught up with Lanier, who reflected his decision making process and discussed what he will bring to the 2007 recruiting class.
“Actually, I had decided a few days before [Tech’s camp] that I would commit,” Lanier said. “I had a little talk with coach [Dave] Gutshall and I told him I was probably going to go ahead and commit. I was planning on doing it. I just went ahead and did it when I got up there.”
Lanier chose Tech over offers from North Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. He also had interest from Georgia and South Carolina. Asked why he chose Virginia Tech, Lanier replied “The coaching staff and just knowing how good the team is. It has a reputation for having a great school and a great team. I’m looking for a great education too, and they have all they. So, basically, they had all my needs and my wants and I thought it was good enough to go ahead and commit.”
Tech first began seriously recruiting Lanier earlier this year.
“Actually, it was right around spring practice this year,” Lanier recalled. “My recruiting coach, coach Foster, came out there. Then I got the call from him and it kind of went from there. He just talked to me about how good I looked at the position of tight end and how they really needed that spot. I know they have recruited a lot of tight ends, but they run a lot of double tight sets. He said I fit good at that position. I went back on my own and looked at Virginia Tech games of the past to see how they used tight ends. It looked good to me.”
Lanier followed South Carolina while growing up and admittedly was a fan of the SEC before he decided to commit to Virginia Tech.
“I had never really followed Virginia Tech before,” Lanier said. (As an aside, Andrew says his commitment to Virginia Tech is “solid.”) “I wasn’t really a fan or anything. That’s why I had to go back on my own and look at film. I didn’t know how much they used the tight end and whether they threw it to them.”
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