Looking on as Virginia Tech’s first senior camp came to an end, Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive end prospect Zack McCray looked relaxed. The 6-5, 235-pound rising senior, who was sporting a Virginia Tech hat, shirt, and shorts, was excited and relieved with the verbal commitment he made to the Tech coaches earlier in the day.
“There is a ton of pressure off,” McCray said yesterday afternoon. “It’s great. It’s a great feeling.”
McCray’s decision ultimately came down to Virginia Tech, Alabama, LSU and North Carolina. He made the decision a week ago and waited a week to give Frank Beamer and company the good news.
“I came to the decision probably last Sunday,” said McCray, who had been offered by close to 20 Division 1A programs. “I mean, I was going to try to go to Alabama and LSU, but every time I tried to something else popped up. I figured if it was that hard to try to get down there to take a visit it’s going to be super hard to try to get back home and stuff and see the family. North Carolina, I looked at that and they are just really deep at defensive end. This just seemed like the best fit.”
Virginia Tech, which signed McCray’s cousin Logan Thomas in the 2009 class, has been high on McCray’s list throughout the process.
“Starting out, they definitely were [the favorite],” McCray said of Virginia Tech. “I think some other teams kind of caught up, and then at the end they took off. They kind of were the frontrunners at first, if you want to put it that way.”
McCray entered Rector Field House decked out in Virginia Tech gear and headed for Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“I got in here and thought it would be fun,” McCray said. “Coach Foster actually wrote me a note that just said ‘Come on’ on it. I wrote ‘I’m coming’ on it and walked up to him and handed it back to him. He got this big smile, gave me a big hug and I went around...
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