Caleb Farris is on the very last week of the highest stage of the Virginia Tech workout he received shortly after signing a letter of intent in February. Once he’s finished, he’ll start over with the “offseason” stage of the workout. In addition, Farris continues to train at the EDGE in Roanoke and stops by Virginia Tech weekly for an offensive line position meeting. There is no question that the 6-4, 295-pound offensive line prospect is taking his future at Virginia Tech seriously.
“This is something I’ve been working towards for quite a few years now. I’m looking forward to playing at a school like Virginia Tech,” Farris said. “I can’t put into words how big that is. I want to come in as close to ready strength-wise as I can be. I feel mentally ready. I feel like I’m part of the team already.”
A member of the 2010 class, Farris signed with Virginia Tech out of Rockbridge County High School (Lexington, VA). He had the option to enroll at Tech this past summer or wait until January of 2011. He chose the latter and is pleased with the decision.
“It is a blessing to go in late,” Farris said. “I’ve been picking up some of the language in the meetings. I’ll come in January and learn the plays. One thing I’ve learned from the meetings is that everything is so much quicker. Coaches expect you to know what they are talking about. That’s what I’m trying to pick up now.”
Farris further discussed the positional meetings he has attended.
“I always bring my notebook,” Farris said. “Once they get started, Coach Newsome goes through the practice schedule and general stuff. He gives an overview of practice. He’ll go into specific drill names, but I don’t know what they are yet. Then he gives an overview of the last practice. If somebody did fairly well, he’ll note that. If somebody struggled with something, he’ll talk to them about it. They watch film of the previous day, mainly the one-on-ones. It’s only about an hour or 45 minutes. After that, they’ll watch film of opponents.”
Despite the hours of training, the versatile offensive lineman he knows he’ll have to learn on the fly in terms of adjusting to the speed and strength of major college football.
“There is nothing I can do to be ready for that kind of speed,” Farris said. “And most college defensive linemen...
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