Place-kicker Michael Santamaria verbally committed to Virginia Tech last summer and he plans to sign a letter of intent with the Hokies on February 5. Once he graduates from Athens Academy (Athens, GA) this spring, one of three scenarios will play out.
1) Santamaria enrolls at Virginia Tech this summer and plays this fall, meaning he would be on scholarship this summer.
2) He enrolls this August but does not play this fall, so he would take classes at Tech in the fall but not go on scholarship until January.
3) He grayshirts, enrolling in January of 2015 and goes on scholarship at that point.
“As soon as I start with the football team, I’m on scholarship,” Santamaria said. “I’ll be on scholarship as soon as this summer and as late as January.”
Santamaria expects one of the first two scenarios to take place. Whenever he suits up for Hokies football team, he has one goal in mind.
“My goal is to help the team as soon as I can,” said the left-footed place-kicking prospect. “My goal is to come in on the team and start. I want to compete for the starting job.”
The 5’10”, 175-pound senior impressed Tech head coach Frank Beamer at Tech one-day camp in June last year. Asked what in particular caught Coach Beamer’s attention, Santamaria said: “The height I get on the ball is what made me stand out to him. It was the height I get right away. He said it looked college-ready. He also said it’s important to him to kick the ball consistently. He wants a good, consistent hit down the middle.”
Santamaria returned to Blacksburg on an official visit in December and had a great time, noting a terrific camaraderie with his future teammates.
“My host was AJ Hughes, who is a great guy. Everyone was really nice to me the whole time,” Santamaria said. “I was pleasantly surprised how all the guys, from the freshmen to the seniors, were so nice. They all would come up to me and really made me feel like part of the program. That was special to me. I know they are going to be my future teammates, but they were treating me like I was already a teammate.”
Notes on Michael Santamaria
– Santamaria said he “didn’t get a chance at many” field goals his senior season but “did well on PATs.” Seventy-eight...
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