Massaponax Grad Mihota Set For VT

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It has been two weeks since Vinny Mihota’s last day at Massaponax High School (Fredericksburg, VA), and the 6’4”, 250-pound defensive end prospect is now looking forward to life at Virginia Tech, which will officially begin on January 20.

“I’m 100-percent ready for college. Mentally, physically, emotionally… I’m ready to go,” Mihota said.

Mihota will make an official visit to Tech this weekend. He’ll be joined by two more future Hokies in Andrew Ford and Marshawn Williams, who also will graduate high school early and enroll at Tech next month.

On Monday of this week, Mihota hosted defensive coordinator Bud Foster on an in-home visit. Massaponax senior and fellow Virginia Tech commitment Steve Sobczak was there as well. Mihota calls Foster a “good guy” and says the in-home was “great.” As you might have guessed, football was a topic of discussion.

“[Coach Foster] says playing time is available to fight for next year,” Mihota said. “He didn’t guarantee anything, but he said there is time to fight for.”

Massaponax enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2013, ultimately finishing with a 12-1 overall record. The Panthers fought through injuries to several key players, including Mihota, who suffered a broken bone in his left foot in a win over Albemarle on September 6.

“I’m pretty good. I’m moving around pretty well. I just haven’t been cleared. I’m just not taking any chances,” Mihota said, providing an update on his foot.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reported recently that Mihota was considering regular enrollment as a result of the injury. The standout defensive end further discussed the situation and why he decided to stay with his plan of early enrollment.

“There was some talk of me having to have surgery. If I was not going to be able to walk in January, I probably would have waited,” he said.

“The doctor I went to originally said all I’d have to do is stay off my foot and I’d be back on the field in four weeks. Later on I went to another doctor, who said if I would have gone with him I would have had surgery and been back on the field in six weeks. But since I saw him so much longer after the injury, he said the foot had healed well enough to where surgery was no longer necessary.”

Mihota expects to be fully healthy by the time spring practice

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