Virginia Tech Offers NC OL Star

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6-6, 260-pound junior Michael Via received an important call last night from Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Tech’s head coach called to extend the Northeast Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) offensive tackle a scholarship offer, and the talented recruit was certainly pleased.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Via said of his Virginia Tech offer.

Prior to last night’s scholarship offer, the Virginia Tech staff had expressed serious interest. Primary recruiter Mike O’Cain had visited Northeast Guilford on two occasions, so Via felt something could be coming. He didn’t want to speculate, though, and was looking towards Tech’s June 9th camp as a chance to show his talents.

Though he did not name a clear favorite, Via has had interest in Virginia Tech for quite some time.

“I’ve always been a fan of Virginia Tech growing up,” Via said. “My family has gone there. A bunch of my family members went to school there. I’m pretty excited about going up there on the 9th.”

Virginia Tech is certainly not alone in this race, as a number of schools have come through with official scholarship offers. Clemson, Illinois, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech are the most recent programs to offer, with Georgia Tech, N.C. State and South Carolina among the schools that had previously offered.

“They all think I move pretty good,” said Via, an all-conference and all-county selection at right tackle in his junior season. “I’ve got the height and stuff like that. [Being the son of NGHS offensive line coach Bob Via] has helped me a lot with football stuff, too.”

Via has taken unofficial visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest, among others. He says no visit has “blown him away,” but he has enjoyed his trips. Today, he’ll head to Clemson the check that program out for the first time. On Saturday, he is heading to Gainesville, Florida, for a camp.

“I have to take Florida into consideration because they are the national champs,” said Via, who has not yet received an offer from Florida.

Via has not thought much about when he could commit.

“Just whenever it feels right,” Via said of when he may make a decision. “I want to visit everywhere I can. I’m not sure right now when I’ll decide.”

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