It wasn’t until this morning that 6-2, 195-pound Smithfield (VA) star athlete Dyrell Roberts knew for sure that Virginia Tech was the school he would choose, but it was almost two months ago when the Tech program really solidified itself as the favorite. Virginia Tech’s June 9th camp, Roberts’ first ever visit to Blacksburg, was the key part of this recruitment.
Prior to that visit, the University of Virginia had done an excellent job recruiting Roberts and perhaps had the edge. He had visited Charlottesville on numerous occasions including camp last summer, preseason practice last summer, the February 24th junior day and the Spring Game. He enjoyed all of those experiences, but the trip to Tech changed things.
“I was looking for the gut feeling and I had it at Tech,” Roberts said. “I knew it as soon as I hit the campus, when they were talking to me about the school and the program and about playing early.”
The trip also impressed Smithfield head coach Chris Fraser, who is a fan of the University of Virginia.
“I really became a Hokie fan after that trip,” Fraser said. “They treated us like kings. They really gave Dyrell the red carpet treatment. When they said they would treat Dyrell like family, that not only meant a lot to Dyrell but to me as well. And their facilities are second to none. They have a great product.”
The decision still proved to be a tough one for Roberts, who narrowed his list to three schools earlier this month. Virginia Tech and Virginia were no surprise, but Penn State quietly crept up into contention. A trip last week to State College gave Roberts more to think about. In the end, the decision came down to the Hokies and Nittany Lions.
“The visit really boosted Penn State’s stock,” Roberts said. “It gave me a chance to see how the atmosphere was there. I liked the atmosphere there.”
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