Blue Hoping for Virginia Tech Offer

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Gaston Gazette Area Player of the Year last season as a junior, 6-1, 200-pound quarterback/athlete A.J. Blue still awaits his first Division 1A scholarship offer. The North Gaston (Dallas, N.C.) junior hopes an offer could come soon and he is looking for one school in particular.

“If I get Virginia Tech at any time, I’d definitely commit then,” Blue said. “If I don’t, I guess I could wait. I want Virginia Tech to offer. I guess until then, I’ll wait.

“Right now, I get letters from the [Virginia Tech coaches] every now and then. Just the camp letters and things like that…the stuff they send to everybody.”

A dual-threat quarterback, Blue, who has been North Gaston’s starting quarterback each of the past two seasons, tallied 1,800 yards passing and 1,300 yards rushing last season. He scored a total of 43 touchdowns. A former Virginia Tech dual-threat signal caller is one of the main reasons why Blue likes the Hokies so much.

“I feel like they give the quarterback a chance to run or pass, too,” Blue said of Virginia Tech. “Mike Vick did that. I am a Mike Vick fan.”

Though Blue very much enjoys playing quarterback, quarterback is not the only position he could or would play on the next level. In his first year in high school, Blue earned team Rookie of the Year honors for his performance at free safety. That season, he racked up 77 tackles and made five interceptions.

“Quarterback is what I would love to play, but, and I’m not just saying this to get more offers, I think I could play safety or receiver,” Blue said. “At quarterback, though, I’m good at both the run and the pass. We run a read offense, where I read what the defense is going to do and either run or pass.”

A good all-around athlete, Blue ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash at the March 31st Shrine Bowl combine. He also posted a 32.8-inch vertical leap, ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.35 seconds and benched 185 pounds 19 times. He plans to show off his athletic ability this summer, when he attends one-day camps.

“I’m definitely going to go to State and Carolina,” Blue said, referring to which camps he plans to attend this summer. “I’d like to go to Tennessee’s and I’d love to go to Virginia Tech’s.

“A lot of schools want me to come