Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (Powhatan, VA) senior Augie Conte got an up-close look at his future team last Saturday, when he witnessed Virginia Tech’s 38-35 win over Miami. It was the second Virginia Tech game the 6’6″, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect has attended, only this time he attended as a Tech commit.
“I went to the JMU game [in 2010]. The end this year wasn’t quite the same,” Conte said with a laugh. “I really loved the atmosphere there this past weekend. I had a lot of fun.”
The game atmosphere, Conte said, “was pretty crazy. It was probably one of the most excited atmospheres I’ve ever been to. I liked it a lot.”
Conte arrived in Blacksburg Saturday morning. What happened from there?
“We parked a couple blocks away from the stadium,” Conte recalled. “We just kind of pulled up and walked around. A few people invited us to tailgate. They were just random people, but the people we met were pretty cool. A lot of them knew who I was. At 1:00, we went to the sports complex and had lunch with all the other recruits and families there. Around 2:45, we got to go down on the field for pregame. We watched the game. Afterward I got to go in the locker room, which was pretty cool. We spent the night at Hotel Roanoke and drove home the next day.”
The fact that he was recognized by Virginia Tech fans was appreciate but not expected.
“I quite honestly didn’t know what to expect,” Conte said. “I know Tech fans are involved and intrigued. When I went in, some of them did know who I was.”
Home-schooled up until his junior year of high school, Conte earned an offer from Virginia Tech following an impressive July 9 camp performance. He committed weeks later, picking Tech over UVa. He’ll sign a letter of intent in February, but the timing of his actual enrollment remains a question.
“Coach [Frank] Beamer suggested it would probably be in my best interest to grey-shirt and go to Fork Union or Hargrave, but he said it was up to me,” Conte said. “I would just go to one of those two for a semester and enroll in January of 2013. He thinks it would probably be in my best interest. Once football season is over,...
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