Right now, it looks like Hokie fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Hunter Ovens, one of Virginia Tech’s top recruits out of the 2007 recruiting class, expects to enroll at Virginia Tech on July 2nd. The former Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, FL) star linebacker was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 25th round of the MLB Draft earlier this month and there was a chance he would choose baseball over his scholarship to Virginia Tech.
“It’s looking right now like I’m heading to Blacksburg,” said Ovens.
“It’s pretty much a done deal. I don’t think San Diego will come up with what we were asking.”
After the draft, Ovens was flown to San Diego for a visit. He recalled the experience.
“I went to watch them play against the Devil Rays,” Ovens recalled. “I watched the game and watched them take batting practice. They didn’t think they would be able to come up with the money I was looking for. A lot of teams were scared to draft me because I had a scholarship to play football. San Diego figured they probably wouldn’t be able to match what I was looking for, but they drafted me anyway.”
Ovens is glad to have gone through the experience of being drafted.
“I’m not disappointed,” Ovens said. “A lot of people don’t get drafted at all. I feel fortunate that I got drafted. Now I’ll go to college and go from there.”
Professional baseball may not be in his immediate future, but college baseball will not be too far away. He plans to play for Tech’s baseball squad once football season is over. He will play in the outfield, but no position has been set.
First things first, Ovens will concentrate on suiting up for head coach Frank Beamer and company. He is 6-2, about 210 pounds right now, and is focused on bulking up and getting into shape prior to the start of preseason practice. Ovens expects to play the Whip linebacker spot in Coach Foster’s defense.
“I’m just looking to help out the team every way I can,” said Ovens, who was rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com following his senior season performance.
Ovens does not appear nervous for the start of his college career. In fact, he seems to embrace the next challenge in his life.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Ovens said. “I’m going into college and I’ll start the next part of my life.”