Taraschke Discusses VT Commitment

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Without question, last Friday was a good day for Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) offensive tackle Adam Taraschke . Already with an offer from Virginia Tech in the fold, the 6’6″, 265-pound standout, accompanied by family, traveled to Blacksburg for an unofficial visit. He returned home as the latest rising high school senior to commit to the Hokies.

Recalling the day’s events, Taraschke said, “When we got there, Coach Foster showed us around the athletic facilities. Then we met with Coach [Frank] Beamer. We went to lunch, and after that met with a few academic people. We met with Coach Newsome. After that, I committed.”

Primary recruiter Bud Foster was the first to learn of Taraschke’s decision. The Riverbend product then told Frank Beamer and Curt Newsome.

“It was exciting. It was fun,” Taraschke said when asked how he felt about making the pledge. “It was not nerve-wracking at all. The nervous parts are the camps. The unofficial visits are the fun part. I wasn’t nervous at all [when he committed].”

For Taraschke, the most impressive aspect of the Virginia Tech football program is its coaches, who he got to see in action at the July 9 camp.

“The coaches I worked with at the camp were a big thing,” Taraschke said. “I just liked how they ran it.”

Curt Newsome “is great,” Taraschke said. “The last part of our tour [last Friday], we sat down and watched film so I knew what they would be running. He’s a really good coach, so he talked me through everything. After the tour was over, he told me, ‘I promise to take care of you the next four years.’ That really meant a lot to me.”

Adam will be the latest Taraschke to play on the offensive line on the college level. His great uncle played for Ohio, while his father also played collegiately for a couple of seasons.

“My whole family is excited,” said Taraschke, who chose Tech over offers from Ohio and ODU. “Me and my dad were sold on Virginia Tech after the camp. We only went on the tour so my mom could see it and so she could talk to some academic advisors.”

Just like another recent offensive line commit, Augie Conte, Taraschke will likely gray-shirt and enroll in January of 2013. He would not attend prep school for the fall of 2012,

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