Michael Via grew up a Virginia Tech fan, so he was certainly excited to receive a scholarship offer from his childhood favorite several weeks ago. It wasn’t until this week, though, that the 6-6, 260-pound offensive line recruit pledged his verbal commitment to the Hokies.
Michael’s mother, Mary Via, confirmed her son’s verbal commitment this afternoon. Michael called Coach Frank Beamer this morning and Mary says the family is “very excited.”
A star at right tackle for Northeast Guilford (McLeansville, N.C.), Via (pronounced VYE) earned all-conference and all-county honors for his junior season performance. His combination of size and skill earned scholarship offers Clemson, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
“They all think I move pretty good,” Via said several weeks ago. “I’ve got the height and stuff like that. [Being the son of NGHS head coach Bob Via] has helped me a lot with football stuff, too.”
An excellent student Via carries a 3.9 grade point average and scored 1,100 on the SAT (Math and Verbal combined). He becomes the 7th high school senior to commit to the Hokies in the 2008 recruiting class and the second from outside the state of Virginia.
Stay tuned for more with Michael tomorrow morning, when we catch up with him for comments on his decision.
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