Another Great Visit for Leal

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Mark Leal ‘s recruiting card

After taking an unofficial visit to Tech in July, Hokies quarterback commitment Mark Leal returned to Blacksburg this past weekend for a 3-day official visit. The Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) arrived last Friday. By the time he left on Sunday, he had once again enjoyed a terrific experience at his future school.

“We showed up around noon on Friday,” recalled the 6-1, 185-pound senior. “When we first got there we met up with Coach Wiles. He took us to lunch and we hung out a bit. He’s great. He makes sure you have a good time. He’s a funny guy. We went back to the room and hung out. Then we met Coach Beamer, went to a team practice and went out to eat. I met my host, Jerrodd Williams. We hung out Friday night.

“On Saturday, I woke up, went out to eat and met up with Coach O’Cain and Coach Wiles. They had me bring my first couple of game films, so we watched those and they talked about some stuff. After that, I met up with the other recruits before the game started. Then there was the game. After the game, I was with Jayron and he was my host for the night. We hung out and had a good time.”

Of the overall experience, Leal said, “It was pretty much like the first time. I loved it. Everything was great. I got to meet a lot of new people. I met a lot of students. Some of them recognized me. They talked to me and showed me love.”

Saturday’s game experience was Leal’s first at Virginia Tech. He came away highly impressed by Tech’s performance but also by the atmosphere.

“This weekend showed me how hardcore everybody is there about football,” Leal said. “How die-hard those fans are surprised me. It was cold and wet the whole day, but every seat was still packed even with the weather.”

Leal got a glimpse of what next season will be like when he runs out as a Tech football player.

“You kind of get chills when you think about that many fans cheering you on out there,” Leal said.

One of Leal’s goals heading into the visit was to meet a few Virginia Tech recruits. He met several, including Tech’s newest 2010 class commitment.

“I met Nick Dew, who committed while I was up there the same day. I met Zack [McCray] and I met one of the cornerback recruits,” Leal said.