In just two months, Zack McCray will be one of many incoming freshmen arriving in Blacksburg, beginning his college career at Virginia Tech. McCray, a promising defensive end prospect out of Brookville High School (Lynchburg, VA) has been anxiously awaiting this moment.
“I’m really ready for it,” said the 6-5, 245-pound high school senior, who’ll join his cousin, rising red-shirt freshman quarterback Logan Thomas, at Virginia Tech.
McCray totaled 33 sacks over the course of the past two seasons at Brookville, including 20 sacks as a junior and 13 more as a senior. He racked up close to 100 tackles in 2009, showing off the ability that garnered offers from top programs throughout the country.
McCray has worked hard on strength and conditioning this offseason and will enter Virginia Tech bigger and stronger.
“Once I got Virginia Tech’s workout, I’ve been doing it by the book,” McCray said. “I started it the day I got it. I’ve been working out, doing the running, and I feel I’m in tip top shape. I’ve put on a whole lot of weight. Well, I put on a considerable amount in a quick period of time. I’m at 245 pounds now [after weighing about 230 to 235 pounds his senior season]. I feel just about the same athletically. I felt out of shape as soon as I started the conditioning workouts. Goodness gracious it was tough. I think I’m in pretty good shape and condition now, but I know they always put freshmen through rigorous stuff.”
McCray attended Virginia Tech’s Spring Game, where he kept a close eye on the defensive end position. He was impressed with what he saw, citing performances by James Gayle, Steven Friday, J.R. Collins and others. McCray, however, enters preseason practice looking to crack the rotation.
“Everybody competes for playing time,” he said. “They all know that. The freshmen last year went through it. I’m going to try my hardest. Off the field, we’ll all be friends. On the field, I just want to get the job done.”
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