Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA) rising senior defensive end Vinny Mihota has been solid to Virginia Tech since he committed last April, but that didn’t stop defending national champion Alabama from throwing its proverbial hat in the ring.
“My head coach received a call from [Alabama Outside Linebackers Coach Lance] Thompson. My coach told me to call Nick Saban,” Mihota said. “I called him and he said I have a full scholarship offer to attend Alabama. I was very surprised. It came out of nowhere.”
Mihota says he and Saban “had a really good conversation about how I would be a good fit for his program at either defensive end or outside linebacker. Academically, as well.”
This unexpected development, however, has seemingly had no impact on how Mihota feels about his college decision.
“Nah,” Mihota replied when asked if the Alabama offer has caused him to reconsider his commitment status. “I’m still committed to Tech. It’s nice to have something to fall back on if something with the coaching staff changes, but I’m still strong in my commitment to Tech.”
Mihota plans to make a return trip to Blacksburg on April 6, which is the second of two spring junior day events the Hokies are hosting. A trip to Alabama may happen as well, though the Massaponax star reiterated that he is firm in his pledge to Tech.
“I’ll probably be taking a visit just for fun, but definitely not because I’m changing my mind,” Mihota said.
Mihota has been doing a little recruiting for the Hokies, and he plans to do more.
“I’m going to try to get in contact with (Woodbridge High School) Da’Shawn Hand . Me and my good friend Steven Moss , we played soccer together when we were younger, and I’m going to try and get him too,” Mihota said.
A versatile defender with size and athleticism, Mihota earned first-team all-state honors on the defensive line last season as a junior. If he didn’t commit so early, there is no doubt he would have many, many more offers to consider. Virginia Tech secured one of the state’s best rising seniors early on, and he may arrive in Blacksburg...
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