On Monday night, Liberty (Bealeton, VA) offensive tackle Kory Gough and his parents met with Eagles head coach Tommy Buzzo to discuss what would happen if Virginia Tech decided to offer a scholarship – the Tech staff had a meeting scheduled for yesterday and Gough was one of the prospects to be discussed. A Virginia Tech fan growing up, Gough knew what he would do if an offer came his way.
“We talked about it and told Coach Buzzo how much I liked Virginia Tech. If they offered, that is where I wanted to go. I got the call and that’s where I’m going,” Gough said. “I’ve got a lot of family that has been there, so I know quite a bit about it. In the back of my mind, Virginia Tech was the school I really wanted to go to. When I got the chance, I showed everybody. I committed right away.”
Early yesterday, primary recruiter Torrian Gray called Coach Buzzo to let him know that they would be extending the offer. They set up a time for when Gough would speak with Coach Beamer and, at that time, commit.
“Coach Beamer told me he was real excited about this. That was a great feeling,” Gough said.
Virginia Tech expressed high interest after receiving film of Gough’s early senior season performances. A month later, the Hokies staff decided to extend the offer.
“I talked to Coach Newsome and he said he liked the way the kid looked in the uniform. He likes the way he moves and the upside the kid has,” Buzzo said. “The Tech coaches liked the initial cuts of film on Kory, but they had some questions about his size. He is a thin kid, so there was a question about when he could get to 300 pounds. That is why Kory didn’t get the offer when he went down [for an unofficial visit for the Georgia Tech game]. Time went on and their interest continued. Coach Newsome came to Friday night’s game. The kid didn’t have the greatest game, but he had a good game. He wants to be a Hokie. In the end, it came down to if Tech could have the option to push Kory back to January enrollment if they didn’t have any space to get him in next summer.”
Gough is just fine with potentially being a grey-shirt.
“To be honest with you, I think the grey-shirt is a great opportunity,” Gough said.
As an offensive lineman, Gough has come a long way since his junior season, when he was primarily used as a defensive end. The Virginia Tech coaches see upside...
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