Hokies First To Offer Riverheads Junior OL

Virginia Tech has become the first school to offer a scholarship to Riverheads (Staunton, VA) rising junior offensive lineman/defensive tackle Mike Herndon .  Gladiators head coach Robert Casto says the Hokies had been eyeing Herndon for “a while” before recently deciding to offer.

Herndon didn’t play much on Riverheads’ state champion varsity squad his freshman year, seeing most of his action on the junior varsity level.  He played on both sides of the ball on the varsity squad this past season, starting at quick-side offensive tackle while playing several positions on defense.  In 2012 he will start at strong-side offensive tackle and continue to play various roles on defense.

“Mike is an awfully good football player,” Casto said.  “He is 6’5″, 290 pounds.  He will play some middle linebacker next year.  When we run the 4-3, he plays the 2-gap nose guard.  He has played defensive end.  He goes into a linebacker situation when we shift into our bear defense.  He can be a wide nine defensive player, or he could be an offensive tackle.”

Herndon, a second-team all-Shenandoah District selection on offense last year, has the look of a prototypical major college offensive lineman.