6-6, 260-pound Liberty (Bealeton, VA) senior Kory Gough performed very well in 2008, his first full season as a starting offensive tackle. In addition to helping the Eagles capture a Group AAA Division 5 Northwest Region championship, he earned Washington Post first-team all-metro honors for his play.
“[Liberty] Coach [Tommy] Buzzo came in and said, ‘Congratulations. You made the all-met team,'” Gough said. “I didn’t know much about it at first, but once I found out what it was all about I was shocked. I also made Gameday Magazine’s first-team.”
Scoring an offer from Virginia Tech – the program with which he is committed – was without question a major accomplishment for the senior standout, who started at defensive tackle and saw action at offensive guard and tackle the previous season as a junior. He started on both sides of the ball his senior season, but Virginia Tech is recruiting him to play offensive tackle.
“I feel I performed pretty well this year,” Gough said. “As the season went on, I thought things got better and better for me. Tech came and watched me in our biggest game, against Battlefield. After they saw me then, they said they’d love to have me. That’s all the proof I needed that I was playing well.
“I definitely do have aspects I need to improve. I need to get bigger, faster, and stronger, but I’m pretty sure I benefited my team pretty good this past season.”
Virginia Tech plans to grey-shirt Gough, who chose the Hokies over offers from Arkansas, East Carolina and Marshall, among others. He discussed his plan from now until he reaches Blacksburg next January.
“I’ve got a community college nearby, so I might take classes, but nothing is set right now with that. I plan on hitting the weight room to put on some more size,” said Gough, who hopes to weigh in at 280 pounds by the time he gets to Tech. “Our strength and conditioning coach has a workout routine for me. I might get a job to make some spending money for when I get to Virginia Tech.”
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