Checking in with 2009 Recruit Kory Gough

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TechSideline.com’s Phil Martin attended last month’s action-packed VHSCA all-star game in Hampton. Following the East squad’s 38-31 victory, Phil wrote the following about Virginia Tech offensive line recruit Kory Gough :

“He showed good agility and pass blocking skills. Gough is a lean prospect who needs to add some weight, but he has very good footwork and solid technique. He will need a couple of years in the weight room to add the strength needed for run blocking, but he shows good flexibility and aggressiveness. The grey-shirt should help Gough develop physically, and he should be able to contribute in a couple of years.”

Gough, a 6-6, 275-pound prospect who started at left offensive tackle for the West squad, also received positive feedback from his former high school head coach, Tommy Buzzo. Coach Buzzo, who guided Liberty High School (Bealeton, VA) to a Division 5, Northwest Region championship in 2008, served as the West head coach.

“I feel like I played a really good game,” Gough said of his all-star game performance. “When it was over, I wanted the ultimate judgment, so I went over to Coach Buzzo and asked how I did. He told me he thought I played the best game of my life. According to him, I played the best game I’d ever played.”

Gough’s performance in the VHSCA capped off a terrific year on the athletic front. He of course earned a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, where he’ll enroll in January of 2010. He earned first-team Washington Post all-metro honors for his senior season performance. He did well in wrestling, too, finishing the year with a 56-1 record.

With his high school career finished, Gough is now focused on his future in Blacksburg. Although he won’t enroll until January, he is keeping plenty busy in the weight room.

“I’ve been hitting the weight room hard,” Gough said. “My best friend’s dad is a personal trainer and I’ve been working with him two days a week. I’ve gone from 255 pounds to 275 pounds in three weeks.

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