Former JMU pledge Steve Sobczak has verbally committed to Virginia Tech, giving the Hokies their 21st overall recruit and second defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2014. Sobczak, a 6’1″, 285-pound senior out of Massaponax High School (Fredericksburg, VA), made the call one week after being informed that Virginia Tech was altering his scholarship offer from a grayshirt to regular enrollment.
As a grayshirt, Sobczak would have delayed enrollment until January of 2015. He now plans to start his Virginia Tech career in the summer of 2014.
“They just told me they wanted me to come in August, and they hoped this would help me to commit,” said Sobczak, who initially impressed Frank Beamer and company with a strong performance at Tech’s one-day camp on June 2, 2013.
Sobczak admits he “kind of felt” he would change his commitment after getting regular enrollment status, adding that he “still wanted to sit down with my parents and be logical. I wanted to put everything on the table and see which school I wanted to pick.”
Breaking down his commitment, Sobczak said: “Being able to play for one of the best defenses in the country, that’s a big thing for me. The school has everything I need. They have what I want to major in (Communications). I get to represent my state. Not only that, but I get to play with one of my best friends.”
The best friend he is referring to his fellow Massaponax senior defensive end Vinny Mihota, who will graduate high school in December and enroll at Tech in January of 2014. Mihota, who has been sidelined since September 6 this season with a foot injury, wasn’t shy about trying to get his friend to join him in Blacksburg.
“Vinny has been calling me all week,” Sobczak said with a laugh.
Sobczak had a solid junior season. With tremendous work this past offseason, though, he transformed his body and in turn took his game to another level.
“My coach said back last January that this would be the hardest offseason in Massaponax history. Whoever wants to be part of the team will be part of it,” Sobczak said. “He worked us. He really worked us. And he told me, ‘Steve, you’ve had a good career but you could you be a guy who catches fire his senior year.’...
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