Tyler Barfield is another high quality student-athlete out of a high quality high school football program to accept a recruited walk-on spot at Virginia Tech. The 6-2, 290-pound offensive lineman, a standout at Westfield High School (Chantilly, VA), turned down an official scholarship offer from Northeastern in favor of walking on to Virginia Tech.
“I’ve grown up a Virginia Tech fan my entire life,” Barfield said. “My dad went there. I’ve always been a fan. My goal has always been to go to Virginia Tech.
“Tech is the perfect balance. It is close but not too close to home. It has a great football program, but it also has a great business school. It has everything I want.”
It appears doubtful that any offer Barfield could’ve received would’ve impacted his final decision.
“I tried to remain unbiased throughout, but I visited a dozen schools and always ended up comparing them to Tech,” Barfield said. “None of the other schools came close. When Tech called in November with the preferred walk-on offer, in the back of my mind I always knew I’d take it. Northeastern University in Boston offered me, but after spending a weekend there I knew no other school compared to Tech. Almost as soon as I got back, I called Coach Gray and told him I wanted to commit.”
Barfield did not make an official visit to Virginia Tech, but he was able to learn more about the program from last summer’s camp experience.
“It was a really neat process,” Barfield recalled. “I did a lot of senior camp stuff. One thing that just stuck out with me was that Virginia Tech was the only senior camp I enjoyed being at. I couldn’t say that about any other experience. Coach Beamer, Coach Newsome, Coach Gray…they are all nice and personable and I really like that.”
In Barfield, Tech gets Westfield’s starting right guard each of the past two seasons. Barfield earned VHSCA first-team all-state honors in 2007 and 2008, adding Washington Post first-team all-metro honors...
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