Catching Up With DE Commit Matt Roth

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Six months since verbally committing to head coach Frank Beamer, Nease (Ponte Vedra, FL) defensive end prospect Matt Roth is now just over a month away from signing a letter of intent with Virginia Tech.

“The Hokies are my school,” said Roth, who chose Tech over offers from Duke, Michigan State, Purdue, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Reflecting on his decision, Roth said, “The opportunity of playing for such a big program is what I always wanted. Also, there are the academics. I want to study Engineering and Virginia Tech is one of the best out there.”

Roth made his college choice five days after making his first ever trip to Virginia Tech. His second visit occurred on the weekend of October 23, when Virginia Tech defeated ACC-rival Duke.

“The second trip was really fun,” Roth recalled. “Other commits were there with me. It was pretty cool seeing guys from Virginia, Georgia, and there was a guy from Minnesota. Actually seeing a game, being there for game-day, was what really stood out. It was something else. It was pretty crazy. And everyone said it’s a lot bigger when other teams like Georgia Tech and Virginia are there.”

Up next for the Sunshine State star is an official visit to Tech.

“I kind of want to see what campus life is like,” said Roth, who’ll take the official the weekend of January 21-23. “I’m interested in seeing what guys do outside of football season.”

Roth enjoyed big-time success last season as a junior, racking up 88 tackles including 27 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. This season presented new challenges, though, as a result of last season’s success. Opposing offenses often ran plays that flowed away from the 6-4, 225-pound prospect.

“Individually, it was a pretty good year,” Roth said. “Trying to adjust to what the opposing teams were doing was different. It was a little bit of a challenge, but I got used to it. It was really just about trusting my teammates and doing my job. I learned a ton. I was working