Signing Day Countdown: Augie Conte

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Augie Conte had never played organized football before the late summer/fall of 2008, when he suited up for the Central Virginia Disciples, a football program for home-school students.  He played two seasons for the Disciples before moving on to Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, a private school in Powhatan, Virginia.  He started at offensive tackle for two years and defensive tackle his senior season (though he saw significant time on the D-line as well in 2010), helping the Knights to back-to-back VISAA Division 4 state championships.

Conte enjoyed a very successful summer last year, earning scholarship offers from Maryland, Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  He verbally committed to Tech last summer and will sign a letter of intent with the Hokies on February 1.  Barring a change, he will enroll in Fork Union Military Academy’s postgraduate program next fall and enroll at Virginia Tech in January of 2013.

Picking Virginia Tech

Conte’s college decision came down to Virginia and Virginia Tech.  He admits he had “grown up around” UVa, but in the end he chose to spend his college career in Blacksburg.

“Probably the maturity of the program and the coaching staff,” Conte said when asked if there were one or two factors that stood out most about Virginia Tech.

Conte attended Tech’s July 9 camp, and the experience proved to be a huge positive for the Hokies.

“I went to the UVa camp and wasn’t real psyched because a bunch of assistants were working the drills.  The actual assistant coaches were hovering and putting their two cents in every once in a while, but, at Virginia Tech, the assistant coaches ran the drills and so there was a lot more interaction with them,” Conte said.  “Also, when Tech offered, UVa then offered.  Tech sat back and didn’t rush me, but UVa tried to throw a bunch of facts at me.  I felt like they were pressuring me for a decision, while Virginia Tech just sat back and let me decide.”

Coaches Quote with Mike Henderson

When Conte entered Blessed Sacrament Huguenot in 2010, Knights head coach Mike Henderson saw a promising prospect with excellent size and strength.  Still, with only two years of football experience, Conte was very raw and “still is, quite frankly,” Henderson said.

Strength, size, and footwork are