Conte Picks Virginia Tech

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Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (Powhatan, VA) offensive tackle Augie Conte has made his choice. After making visits to finalists UVa and Virginia Tech this week, the 6’6″, 270-pound rising senior has decided to don the maroon and orange of Virginia Tech.

“I’m going to Virginia Tech,” Conte said early this afternoon.

Conte’s commitment is a big one for the Hokies on several fronts. First and foremost, the offensive line is perhaps the top remaining need for Tech in this 2012 class. Conte gives Tech two O-line commits with Pennsylvania offensive guard/center Jack Willenbrock being the other. And secondly, Conte chose Tech over UVa, the school he grew up following.

“I really liked the way I was treated at Virginia Tech,” Conte said, discussing why he chose the Hokies. “I loved the campus. I really liked Coach Frank Beamer. I liked all the coaches. I liked the football program. I just felt at home there. I really liked it.”

Conte admits he was leaning towards Virginia Tech heading into this week’s visits. On Monday, he headed to Charlottesville. On Tuesday, he was in Blacksburg. Yesterday’s experience solidified his decision.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m really happy. I feel like this was the decision that was meant for me.”

Home-schooled up until his junior year of high school, Conte only has the one year of high school football experience under his belt. Physically, there is no question that Conte looks the part. He is every bit of 6’6″, 270 pounds. He moves well. Competition and experience were the primary questions heading into the summer, but Conte impressed at camps and ended up with offers from ODU, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Conte started at offensive tackle and was in the rotation at defensive tackle for BSH last season. He is being recruited to play offensive line in college, and at this point offensive tackle seems the likely position. Depending on his progression, there is a possibility that Conte preps at Fork Union for a semester and enrolls at Tech in January of 2013. Nothing is definitive at this point, though.

Virginia Tech now has 22 commitments in its 2012 class, and at least one more is very likely on the way. On Friday, Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) offensive tackle Adam Taraschke is slated to visit Blacksburg, at which point he is expected to commit to the Hokies.