Today, during a 1:45 p.m. press conference at Varina High School , Varina (VA) standouts Jamar Jackson and Bud Tribbey announced their college intentions. Virginia Tech was in the final two for both prospects, with Florida State being the other finalist for Jackson and Syracuse being the other finalist for Tribbey. How did the Hokies fare this afternoon?
The answer is…not good, as both prospects will be heading out of state.
Jackson, a 6-4, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker recruiter, chose Florida State over offers from Virginia Tech , Boston College , Clemson, Louisville and N.C. State , among others.
“Last week I felt it in my gut about Florida State,” Jackson said. “I knew for sure last night when I talked to my parents. It’s a great program with great tradition. Coach Bowden took us in as a family and I liked that.”
“Coach Bowden came into my house and made me feel great. He was a cool person and I felt a connection with him.”
At this point in the interview, Jackson’s teammate and Virginia Tech commit Davon Morgan snuck in and said, “We’re going to beat Florida State by 1,000 points next year.”
Tribbey, a 6-0, 288-pound defensive tackle, had offers from Syracuse, Ball State and Virginia Tech, and chose the Orange.
“I made my decision on Wednesday,” Tribbey said. “Nothing against Virginia Tech, they have a great program. I just felt more comfortable with Syracuse. Virginia Tech isn’t for everyone, and I really felt comfortable with Syracuse.”
“It was a really tough decision. I have family that are big Hokie fans, but I had to make the decision that was best for me.”
Both players turned in outstanding senior seasons, as both earned first-team all-Central region honors in helping Varina to Capital district and Central region championship titles.
Davon Morgan was also available for interviews at the press conference.
“I’m 100% healthy,” Morgan said. “I’m just trying to get back in shape right now. I’m working with a personal trainer and I’ve added some muscle. I’m just trying to get some size back. I’m working on my speed and just trying to improve.”
“I want to go to Virginia Tech and be a leader and do what I’ve done at Varina. I’m not scared about going to Virginia Tech. Some freshmen tend to be scared when...
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