One of the bigger prospects in the state of Virginia’s 2008 class verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier, giving the nod to the Hokies over offers from Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) offensive/defensive lineman Bobby Massie , a 6-7, 330-pound prospect, is the latest recruit to join Tech’s 2008 recruiting class.
Massie, who made his official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend, set off a celebration amongst Tech’s coaches after informing primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring and head coach Frank Beamer of his decision.
“I have committed to Virginia Tech,” Massie said. “I decided to commit this morning, really. It was just how the players liked Virginia Tech and how they are from all over Virginia. They love it there. They seemed to be just like me. They are the same people I’m used to being around. I just felt comfortable.”
Massie’s commitment to Tech was not necessarily a surprise, although the timing was unexpected. Massie had also set official visits to Clemson and Georgia for the month of December and had been adamant in stating that he wanted to take all five official visits before making a decision. One official visit turns out to be all he needed.
“I’m just going to focus on Tech,” Massie said.
Committing this weekend didn’t cross Massie’s mind until this morning.
“It happened when me, my mom and Coach Stinespring were talking in his office,” Massie said. “We were in there for two hours just talking. We went over things together. He told me the reasons to stay in the state and choose Tech. I went over it myself and did pros and cons.”
There is no question that Massie, a tremendous athlete that is rated the #11 overall prospect in the state in TSL’s Preseason Top 30, is a huge addition for the Hokies. The main question, however, is when he will actually get to Blacksburg. Massie has significant ground to make up in order to qualify academically. If he does not make it this year – he believes he can still make it – he would head to prep school.
“They basically said that we’ll deal with it if it comes to it,” Massie said. “They did mention Hargrave or Fork Union if I don’t qualify.
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