Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal had already committed to Virginia Tech prior to making his first ever visit to Blacksburg this past weekend. If the 6-1, 185-pound rising senior had any doubts about the decision he made on May 7th, they now appear to be totally alleviated following this past week’s experience.
“This sealed the deal,” Leal said. “I was already confident I’d be going to Tech, but now I have no doubt. People keep always asking if I’m going to stay committed because I decided so early, but now that I’ve been on the visit I know I made the right choice.”
Of the visit, Leal said, “Honestly, I thought it would be nice, but it was a lot better than what I pictured. The campus is nice and beautiful. The environment I liked. I finally got to sit down with the coaches in person and meet with the players. It was perfect.”
Leal’s parents enjoyed the trip, too.
“They loved the school,” Leal said. “They are happy I chose Virginia Tech. They liked everything about it.”
Meeting with the Virginia Tech coaches was one of the top items on Leal’s agenda.
“The best part was sitting with Coach Beamer,” Leal recalled. “We met on Friday afternoon for about 20 to 30 minutes. My parents were asking questions. I asked questions. He showed me all the rings the team has won. He let me put on his ACC championship ring. He told me to start working hard to get prepared, because he wants me to get there ready to play.
“If Tyrod Taylor is there next year, I’ll most likely red-shirt. If not, I’m going to go in there and compete for the starting job.”
Leal got along well with the players, too. He spent a lot of time with former Atlantic teammate Jayron Hosley, a true freshman cornerback.
“On Saturday, the players were already inviting me to go out with them,” Leal said. “Unfortunately, I had to leave. But they pretty much welcomed me even though I’m not there yet.”
Leal is already looking forward to a return visit to Blacksburg this fall, when he will catch Virginia Tech’s home football game against ACC rival Miami. Miami is one of a handful...
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