After a standout 4-year varsity football career at Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN), Woody Baron signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2012. The 6’2″, 260-pound defensive line prospect is now biding his time until he arrives in Blacksburg, having agreed to defer enrollment to January of 2013.
Baron is keeping busy. He attends Nashville State, where he is taking a few courses that will transfer over to Virginia Tech. Working out is on his daily schedule, and he is also spending some time with his family. When we spoke last night, Baron was busy watching his 10-year-old brother in a little league football game.
“It is kind of the best of both worlds,” Baron said of gray-shirting. “I’m here, enjoying the time I have with my family. At the same time, I’m anxious to get to Virginia Tech. I’m watching them on TV. I’m excited and anxious about it.”
Baron isn’t worried about Virginia Tech’s start to the 2012 season, saying: “It’s not a traditional Virginia Tech start, but they always come out on top.
“As a football player, I know those guys are coming in every day and working hard. I know one play could change the entire season.”
The promising prospect, a finalist for Division II-AA Mr. Football honors following his junior and senior seasons, feels good physically. He was hampered by a knee injury for the majority of his senior season, but the time off has enabled him to fully heal.
“I’m healthy. The knee is in tip-top shape,” Baron said. “On the other hand, I have gotten to use it. But I’m feeling really, really good.”
Though he was an accomplished offensive guard on the high school level, Baron expects to play on the defensive line at Virginia Tech.
“I haven’t heard anything about me playing on offense,” said Baron, nephew of former Tech standout Jim Baron. “But I’ll play quarterback if they need me.”
A huge football fan ever since he can remember, Baron is excited about the challenge that awaits on the next level.
“My friends, all the ones who have gone on to play college football, I ask them what the difference is between high school and college,” Baron said. “They are all telling me the speed of the game is so much different. I know the transition will be different from what it was from middle school to high school, but I can’t wait.”
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