Early Enrollment The Right Move For Mihota

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If the option to graduate early and enroll in college in January of 2014 was available to him, he would take it, Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA) rising senior Vinny Mihota said.  Well, Virginia Tech fans will get to see the promising defensive end donning the orange and maroon next spring.

Vinny Mihota at VT’s camp in June of 2013

The decision was an easy one for Mihota, who stands at 6’4″ and weighs 250 pounds heading into his senior season.

“I’ll have a semester of academics under my belt, so my course load won’t be too heavy in the fall,” Mihota said, discussing why he wanted to enroll early at Tech.  Quarterback Andrew Ford is also expected to enroll at Tech this January.  “I also get six months of training before next season, so I’ll have an edge on the other guys coming in.”

Only four months remain until he is a high school grad, a fact Mihota says is “definitely very surreal still.”

“I can’t believe this will be my final year,” he said.  “My freshman, sophomore, and junior years I always told myself I’d have more years.  Now, I don’t.”

As things stand right now, Virginia Tech is projected to have six scholarship defensive ends on its roster in the 2014 season.  This includes Mihota, who will have an opportunity to earn playing time as a true freshman.  He knows, though, that nothing will be given to him.

“There is no playing time promise,” Mihota said.  “I still have to earn my spot.”

Mihota, a 4-star prospect and the no. 7 overall rising senior in the state in the SportsWar Preseason Top 40, did not take any time off from the end of last season until now. 

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