Varina DT Visits Tech

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Bud Tribbey , a 6-1, 288-pound defensive tackle recruit out of Varina High School, made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. Tribbey, who is trying to make a decision between Tech and Syracuse, enjoyed the experience in Blacksburg but may still not be close to making a final decision.

Tribbey was accompanied by his parents on the trip to Virginia Tech.

“When I first got there, I got a tour of the facilities and the campus,” Tribbey recalled. “I talked some to coach Wiles, but coach Cavanaugh was the main person I was with. I talked to coach Gentry, who is the conditioning coach there. After I met with those guys, I talked to coach Beamer. He was just telling me how they practice, how they treat their players and things like that.

“It was a very good visit. I had more of a comfortable feeling there. My parents are comfortable with Virginia Tech. It was a good visit compared to the [senior camp experience last month]. I never really had the opportunity to talk to the coaches one-on-one, but I did this time.”

Tribbey is being recruited by Virginia Tech with the stipulation that he would grey-shirt if he signed with the Hokies. Coach Beamer discussed the grey-shirt option, which no longer seems to be an issue.

“At first I didn’t like it, but coach Beamer broke it down for me and now it’s not a problem,” Tribbey said. “Basically, I would just enroll in the following January instead of the fall.”

After returning from the previous weekend’s visit to Syracuse, Tribbey was close to committing to the Orange. Syracuse and Virginia Tech are now in a dead heat for the Varina standout.

“It really is a deadlock,” Tribbey said. “The visit to Virginia Tech made my decision even more harder than it already was. Both schools are just great. It’s going to be hard to make my decision.”

Tribbey reflected on his visit to Syracuse, which put the Orange in prime contention for his signature.

“It was just the feeling I had on the visit,” Tribbey replied when asked what stood out about Syracuse. “I really like the academics. They offer a great education. Virginia Tech would give me a good education too, but I’m considering a major in the Communications field and Syracuse has one of the best programs in the nation.

“If I go to Virginia Tech, I know I’m going to be part of a winning program no matter what. Syracuse is a great school, but their