Last fall, Virginia Tech first began showing interest in a center/long snapper prospect out of Edina High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hokies continued to show interest until last Monday, when the staff extended an offer to the prospect. Today, Tech has received its 24th commitment of the 2007 recruiting class.
6-3, 255-pound Collin Carroll is extremely happy with his decision.
“I did commit to Virginia Tech,” Carroll said. “I committed today.”
This past weekend, Carroll made an official visit to Blacksburg. After an experience that solidified his decision to attend Virginia Tech, Carroll is relieved to have ended a recruiting process that picked up steam last November.
“My dad helped me put a highlight tape together,” Carroll said of how he sparked interest from a number of schools including Virginia Tech. “I did long snapping highlights and offensive line highlights. We just filmed me snapping for about 30 snaps or so. We got all the times. I sent the tape out to a few schools, with Virginia Tech being one of them because of my respect for the program and for Coach Beamer. Back in early November, the Virginia Tech coaches told me they wanted me to come down on a visit. They offered me a week before I went out on the visit. I wasn’t expecting to get an offer because it was so late. On the 19th [of January], I made a visit to Eastern Michigan. They had offered me, so I was weighing those two. Once I got down to Virginia Tech, then I fell in love with the place and realized that’s where I want to be.”
Carroll, who will sign a letter of intent with the Hokies next week, discussed in depth this past weekend’s official visit experience.
“Right off the bat, I thought the campus was beautiful,” Carroll said. “Coming from a suburb of Minneapolis, it will be good for me to experience a small town atmosphere. I like that change. It should be cool to see. I loved the people. Having the chance to hang out with [junior deep snapper] Scott King was great. I liked him a lot. Also, there was Coach Beamer. I liked him a lot and it was great to get to know him. You can tell he really cares about his players. He made a special effort to talk to me and ask if I enjoyed myself. I met the offensive line coach, Coach Newsome, who has been in contact with me this whole time. He’s a funny guy....
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