Taraschke To Make Return Visit To VT

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Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) rising senior offensive tackle Adam Taraschke was excited for Virginia Tech’s July 9 camp. The 6’6″, 265-pound prospect seized the day and performed well enough to garner an offer from the Hokies several days later.

“The one-on-ones, they were the best set of one-on-ones I’ve ever done,” Taraschke said. “I’d say I won about every one-on-one battle I did.”

Accompanied by his parents and grandmother, Taraschke will return to Blacksburg tomorrow for an unofficial visit. Is there a chance he accepts Tech’s offer?

“There is a good chance I make a decision after the visit,” answered Taraschke, who also has offers from Ohio and Old Dominion. “I’m going there to meet with the academic advisors, take a campus tour, and talk to the coaches again. I think I’m meeting with the academics people early, and I’m meeting with Frank Beamer sometime in the morning too.”

Taraschke is entering his third year as a starter on the varsity level. He started at right offensive tackle each of the past two seasons but came away disappointed with his overall performance last year. Following a strong offseason of work and a big-time performance at Tech’s camp, Taraschke is “so ready” for the start of his senior season.

“I’ve definitely gotten a lot stronger, especially a lot more in my lower body,” Taraschke said. “Last year, I focused more on upper body stuff. This year, it has been lower. I’ve done a lot of agility work. Something me and my offensive line coach are working on is to stay low when run-blocking. That’s one of the biggest things I’ve worked on. And pass-blocking is huge. I can’t say enough. That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve worked on.”

The Tech camp performance “definitely gives me something to live up to, so hopefully I can translate it into the season,” said Taraschke, who worked only at tackle at the July 9 camp.

Taraschke is an athletic performer on the line, and he has also proven to be durable in Todd Campbell’s tenure as Riverbend head coach.

“Adam’s best ball is still ahead of him,” said Campbell, who took over the Riverbend starting job in 2008. “He’s