Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.) offensive tackle Richie Petitbon had never visited Virginia Tech before November 16, when Tech hosted Maryland in its 2013 home finale. The trip was fruitful for the highly recruited junior – he returned home having scored an offer from the Hokies – but what did he think of Virginia Tech in general?
“It was awesome,” Petitbon said of the experience. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful campus. It was my first time going there. The coaches there said they just wanted me to get down there. It was an intense, awesome entrance. I liked it a lot.”
Prior to the Tech visit, Petitbon reportedly favored Alabama over LSU, Maryland (his father’s alma mater), and Penn State (the first major BCS school to offer). Asked if those four schools were indeed the frontrunners, the Gonzaga standout said: “I wouldn’t really say it like that. I mean, when I talk about those schools being high I mean those are the schools I’ve been talking to a lot. I’m still very interested in all of the schools that have offered me.”
Petitbon, a first-team all-WCAC selection his junior season, is looking to make his college choice by the beginning of his senior year.
“My goal is to [commit] by the end of the summer, before my senior season. I want to be able to focus on my senior season. If my heart is not with one school I’ll wait, but my goal is to get it done by then,” Petitbon said.
Gonzaga boasts a strong class of 2015 that includes Petitbon, wide receiver Jabari Greenwood, quarterback Nick Johns, and defensive back Marcus Lewis, who is a soft commit to Virginia Tech. Led by this group, the Eagles are expected to be contenders for the WCAC championship next season.
Petitbon and company helped the Eagles to a 6-5 record in 2013. He was pleased with his performance from an individual standpoint.
“I thought it was successful,” said Petitbon (click here to view his 2013 highlights). “Our running backs rushed for a lot of yards. Next year, of course, I’ll be better. But this year I thought I did well.”
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