Cody Journell’s VT Official Visit

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Cody Journell enjoyed his time in Blacksburg this past weekend, when he made an official visit to Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 175-pound place-kicker, a star out of Giles High School (Pearisburg, VA), has been committed to the Hokies since last June, so the weekend offered an opportunity to relax and learn more about the school he will attend for the next four or five years.

Journell, one of a handful of Tech recruits and targets on official visits last weekend, provided the scoop on what a Tech official visit is like.

“When we got there on Friday, they took us over to the West End, which is like a dining hall that is connected to the athletic dormitories,” Journell began. “We met up with the coaches and our hosts for the weekend. We ate dinner there. The West End is really nice, so I had like a bourbon steak and lobster. After that, we went out with our hosts and the coaches took our parents out.

“On Saturday, [the recruits] had breakfast with all the coaches and some ex-players. They showed us the campus and the classrooms. We had lunch in the Merriman Center. We got to go with our hosts and hang out at the dorms for a while before we had dinner in the stadium. They turned the lights on and everything. We had a nice dinner there and then went out with our hosts while our parents went to Coach Beamer’s house for dessert.

“On Sunday morning, we had breakfast at the Inn with the coaches that recruited us. We talked a little while about what was coming up and what we need to be ready for.”

Journell’s host was freshman wide receiver Austin Fuller, whose uncle was Journell’s head coach this past season.

“It was cool to hang out with him,” Journell said, referring to Fuller. “Obviously, I had some questions to ask and he was happy to answer those. The host’s role is to take us out and show us around. Being from around here, I already knew where everything was so it wasn’t hard for him to take me around. We just went out and had a good time.”

Virginia Tech will no longer have the services of Dustin Keys, a senior who was the Hokies starting place-kicker in 2008. Journell knows there is an opportunity to capture the starting place-kicker spot and he is preparing to do just that.

“I’m not sure if there are any other kickers on scholarship, but I had a chance to talk to Coach