Early Playing Time for DeChristopher?

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At last week’s Norfolk combine, I bumped into Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) head coach Sean O’Hare. It was then that Coach O’Hare mentioned that there is a possibility his former star offensive tackle, Blake DeChristopher , could see playing time as a true freshman at Virginia Tech this upcoming season.

The 6-6, 315-pound DeChristopher is certainly working hard to be in position to play. He works out four days a week – two hours on Mondays and Wednesdays and one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“I’m trying to work on my speed and agility,” DeChristopher said. “I’m doing drills to get quicker and to get more speed. I’m doing squats to improve my leg strength.”

DeChristopher turned in a solid senior season, earning second-team all-metro honors by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. But, the 4-star recruit knows there is room for improvement before he arrives at Virginia Tech.

“I know the college level will be a lot different,” said DeChristopher, who played offensive tackle in his senior season and projects to play the same position at Virginia Tech. “Right now, I think I’m pretty good at pass protection. I need to work on coming off the ball lower and getting more out of my initial contact.”

Playing time in the 2007 season could be a possibility, but it is not a given.

“The Virginia Tech coaches were telling me that if I’m ready to play then I’ll play,” DeChristopher said. “They also said that I’ll know better than any of them. It’s all in my hands right now. I’m getting in shape to try and be the best I can be when I get there.”

Asked if he feels he is ready to play on the next level, DeChristopher replied, “It’s not really something I can answer right now. I have to see how I feel once I get there. I have to see how I will perform against the senior and junior defensive ends. When I get up there, I think I will know within the first couple of weeks how much I can play with these guys. I’ll take the best out of it whichever way it ends up.”

DeChristopher heads off to Virginia Tech on July 1st, which