Lincoln County (Lincolnton, GA) star Brandon Barden , who committed to Virginia Tech while on an unofficial visit in the spring, headed back to Blacksburg this past weekend for an official visit. The visit went great for the 6-5, 220-pound tight end and he plans to return for this Saturday’s game versus Georgia Tech.
“I liked it,” Barden said of his official visit to Tech. “The coaches are real nice. Now I know a bunch of the players and maybe just about all of them. The atmosphere inside the game and outside the game was real exciting. Everybody was real nice. My host was Clark Crum. We went out Friday and Saturday night and I had a good time. I believe I’ll fit right in with all the players.”
Barden enjoyed Virginia Tech’s win over Cincinnati.
“It was really loud when everybody started jumping up and down to the Metallica song,” Barden recalled. “That was a pretty exciting moment. The fans were great and I really enjoyed that.”
The visit solidified Barden’s decision to attend Virginia Tech.
“I hadn’t seen the student life and I hadn’t met all the players, but going down this weekend and meeting all the guys reassured me that this was the right decision,” Barden said. “I will be able to fit in with these guys and they are a good group of guys.
“I’m Virginia Tech all the way now. I think my family is real pleased about it. I knew that’s where I wanted to go and this weekend reassured me of that.”
A terrific athlete for his size, Barden has been timed at 4.57 in the 40-yard dash. He is being recruited by Tech as a tight end, but, because of his speed, wide receiver could be an option.
“We didn’t talk much about that. Coach Beamer asked how big they thought I could get for tight end, but that’s about it,” Barden said. “I’m not sure if they know exactly where they’ll play me. Wide receiver would be my number one choice, but I’ll play wherever the team needs me.”
After leading Lincoln County to a state title last season, Barden has helped his team to a 2-1 record this year with the only loss coming to the team they defeated in last year’s state title game (lost 3-0 in the last game). The future Hokie primarily plays quarterback and operates a run-oriented attack.
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