6-3, 234-pound tight end prospect Zico Pasut did not feel confident that his camp performance would impress the Virginia Tech coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. Fortunately for the Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, N.C.) standout rising senior, he was wrong and came away from Saturday’s camp with an offer.
“They wanted me to come up and run a 4.7 in the 40. That was the goal heading in,” Pasut said. “I ran a 4.65 the previous week at West Virginia. I ran a 4.8 flat at Virginia Tech, so I was real frustrated with that. After that, I did all the other drills better than I had ever done them before. I felt like I was doing great in the one-on-ones, but I strained my hamstring on a receiving route and I had to sit out the rest of the camp.
“The deal heading in there was that I would get a scholarship if I ran a 4.7. I didn’t run a 4.7. Coach Beamer told me afterwards that, even though I didn’t run it, he loved my character and fight and passion for the game. I played hard and that’s why he still offered me a scholarship. After I didn’t run a 4.7, I thought there was no way I’d get an offer. I was pretty upset when that happened.”
Pasut recalled learning that he had been offered by the Hokies.
“Coach Sherman, my recruiting coordinator, had me and a couple of other kids sit down,” Pasut said. “Coach Beamer started talking to different families one on one. I was the very last kid left on the field waiting to talk to him. He started bringing me through their circumstances. He said a lot of stuff but he never said I had an offer. At the end, I was confused. I asked if I had a scholarship and he said I did have a full scholarship offer. He never said it until I asked. It was good, though. It was real nice to get the offer.”
Should Pasut (pronounced Pass-oot) accept Tech’s offer, the likelihood is that he would grey-shirt and enroll in January of 2010.
“Coach Beamer talked about how he wants to grey-shirt me,” Pasut said. “He was talking about how it would be a great opportunity for me. They know I would red-shirt my first year, so instead I could just come in January and get a head start.”
Duke, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina and West Virginia are the five schools that have offered Pasut, who has three favorites from the group. He would like to make a decision soon.
“The top three schools I’m looking at are Virginia Tech, West Virginia and ECU,” Pasut...
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