Taraschke Likely To Gray-Shirt

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Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) offensive lineman Adam Taraschke will sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2012. The timing of his enrollment is less clear, though the 6’6″, 270-pound prospect feels he’ll likely enroll in Blacksburg in January of 2013.

“The Virginia Tech coaches, they haven’t decided,” Taraschke said of when he’ll enroll at Tech. “They are saying it looks like I’ll be gray-shirting because of the scholarships they’ll need for the skill position guys. I think I’ll probably be gray-shirting.”

Taraschke is all for delayed enrollment if he has to. He would stay in the Fredericksburg area, take courses at a local community college next fall, and of course hit the weight room hard. Taraschke hopes to get to 290 or 300 pounds by the time he enrolls at Tech.

The talented prospect has gained confidence over the course of last summer and into this season. After earning an offer from Virginia Tech after the Hokies’ July 9 camp, Taraschke has continued his good play into the 2011 season.

“As a team, we ended up 2-8,” said Taraschke, one of the team’s four captains this season. “We had some bad luck with injuries. I sprained my ankle and missed the first two weeks, but I played all the rest. I thought I played pretty well. The team just couldn’t get all the starters on the field at once.”

Individually, “I’ve gotten a lot better at getting to the second level, getting to the linebackers and stuff,” Taraschke said.

This offseason will begin on varsity basketball team. Taraschke, a starter on the varsity last season, plays basketball to stay in shape and improve quickness. Once basketball season is over, his full attention will move to preparing for life as a major college football player. Primarily a tackle in high school, Taraschke isn’t sure if he’ll play tackle or guard in college.

“Tackle and guard are almost the same thing,” Taraschke said. “I’m more used to tackle because that’s what I’ve played mostly, but guard is not that much different. I really don’t care where they put me.”

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