VT Tradition Helped Sway Plantin

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Virginia Tech needed to address the offensive line in the class of 2015. In that respect, November has been very good to the Hokies, who flipped 4-star offensive tackle Austin Clark on November 2 and landed a pledge from 6’5″, 275-pound Norcross (GA) senior lineman DAndre Plantin three days later.

Plantin’s primary football experience before this season has been at defensive tackle, so he has traveled under the recruiting radar as far as being an offensive line prospect. Virginia Tech eyed the Norcross standout this fall before deciding to offer. Three factors played heavily into Plantin deciding that Virginia Tech was where he wanted to attend college.

“Great football tradition in the ACC,” Plantin said, noting Tech’s game atmosphere such as the Enter Sandman entrance and Tech’s success under head coach Frank Beamer.

“Great education” was another factor, Plantin said.

Location was a positive as well.

“I wanted to go away for college,” he said. “With VT they still play a lot of teams that are close to home so my family can still come.”

Besides Tech, Illinois and Virginia also extended scholarship offers to the Peach State product.

“I’ve been getting a lot of interest from schools for offense, but I didn’t have film at the beginning of the season since I played defense last year,” Plantin said. “A lot of folks said they would offer at the end of the season, but nobody can make me change my mind about VT.”

Plantin, who plans to make an official visit to Virginia Tech on December 5, is being recruited by the Hokies to play offensive tackle. Position “didn’t really have a factor in my choice,” the Norcross senior said. “I would have been happy at defensive tackle or offensive tackle.”

Plantin, whose father played football at Clemson, is excited about his upside as a college offensive tackle.

“I think I play physical and have good feet. I’m a great pass blocker. Pretty agile for a guy my size. I know I haven’t reached my peak yet,” Plantin said. “I can’t wait to work with my trainer on offense now that I’m dedicated to one position. Most of the off season we trained on defense since that’s where most of my offers were.”

Hokies offensive line coach Stacy Searels speaks with Plantin on a regular basis. Plantin has met Searels before but has not met head coach Frank Beamer in person. He looks forward