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Amherst (VA) star ATH Peter Rose took about a month-and-a-half to make his decision after announcing that his two finalists were Virginia and Virginia Tech. On Monday, he finally made a decision, verbally committing to the Hokies over the in-state rival ‘Hoos. The 6-1, 180-pound prospect discussed his decision making process and how he ultimately came to choose Virginia Tech.
Rose had two key visits in the month of June – a trip to Virginia Tech’s camp on the 9th and to UVa on the 16th. Virginia Tech was the clear leader after the first trip, but Virginia impressed the following weekend.
“After I came from the UVa [Elite Junior Day], I was thinking more UVa than Virginia Tech,” Rose said. “It made it real difficult. I know it is a blessing for me to be at either school and at the same time it was a tough decision.
“These are not two schools you just turn down, because both are wonderful programs. The decision was a whole lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”
Rose reflected on why he ultimately chose Virginia Tech.
“When I was thinking about Virginia Tech, I kept putting things together,” Rose said. “I know I can graduate with a good degree from there just like UVa. I like the style of football…everyone just wants to win. I know they will be competing for bowl games in the years to come. When I called to talk to coach Stinespring, he made me feel like Virginia Tech was the place for me and nowhere else.”
A big plus for Rose is the fact that he will be joined at Virginia Tech by fellow Amherst rising senior Derrick McCoy, who committed to the Hokies back in March.
“It means a lot. Derrick has been one of my best friends since Pampers, pretty much (laughs). He told me he always wanted me to come to Virginia Tech. It can be like the old days…just us playing football,” Rose said. “It’ll be nice to start school with somebody I’ve been with all of my life.”
Rose is entering his third year as a starter – his second as the starting quarterback – on the varsity level. Last season as a junior, he racked up close to 2,000 yards passing and rushing and totaled 29 touchdowns in leading Amherst to a Group AA, Division 4 state championship. He is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a defensive back/wide receiver. Should he end up at defensive back, he believes the likely spot would be corner.
“It really doesn’t matter which side of the ball I play on,”...
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