6-1, 288-pound Varina defensive tackle Bud Tribbey remains stagnant in terms of his decision-making process, with Syracuse and Virginia Tech still deadlocked at the top of his list. There is some new information, however. Bud has set one official visit for later this month and a new school may be trying to join the two leaders.
“I’ve heard a couple of times this month from N.C. State,” Tribbey said. “I think they are trying to jump in the picture. It’s still between Syracuse and Virginia Tech, but N.C. State is putting in more effort.”
So, for now, Syracuse and Virginia Tech continue to be the teams to beat. And Virginia Tech will land the first official visit as the standout prospect has set a date with the Hokies.
“I really can’t say which one is the favorite right now,” Tribbey said of Tech and Syracuse. “I wish I could, but I can’t. I’m supposed to take an official visit to Virginia Tech on September 30th. I’m supposed to set one up with Syracuse, but I haven’t. I’ll probably take one there.”
Tribbey has family in the Radford area. Does this give Virginia Tech an edge in terms of location?
“I could say location gives them an edge,” Tribbey replied. “I have family in Radford, so that is a big key. As far as my decision, it’s not going to be that big of a toll on my decision.”
Though the decision appears tough, Tribbey is trying not to let it affect his senior season.
“I’m trying to enjoy myself,” Tribbey said. “It can get a little bit stressful, but I don’t want it to take a toll on me or my teammates. I’m trying to keep it on the backburner for now.”
Despite losing star QB/DB Davon Morgan due to injury, Varina has rebounded after losing its opener and is now 2-1 on the season. The senior defensive tackle is satisfied with the way his teammates responded to Morgan’s injury.
“We’ve handled it pretty well,” Tribbey said. “Davon is a key player, but Justin Thorpe has been stepping up to the plate. We just knew we had to step it up as a team. We’re hoping Davon will be back soon, but right now we’re holding it down.”
Tribbey is particularly pleased with his performance this season.
“I feel like I’ve stepped my game up since last year,” Tribbey said. He had 10 tackles-for-loss and four sacks last season as a junior. “I read the ball more. I can read the offense. I’m getting that eye (laughs). I’ve just really...
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