Before the recruiting process began for him, Patrick Kearns admits Virginia Tech was not on the list of schools he seriously considered. That changed quickly, though, after the Hokies offered the Darlington (Rome, GA) offensive lineman a scholarship on May 14 earlier this year.
“To be honest, I never thought about going [to Virginia Tech],” Kearns said. “When I went there for the first time, I thought it was a cool place. I visited for the first time on June 5. Then I found out more about Coach Searels and built a good relationship with him.”
Virginia Tech made Kearns’ final four, which he revealed in early July. He committed to Tech on Saturday, July 25, while attending the “Beamer’s Barbecue” recruiting event in Blacksburg. Kearns says he is “pretty pumped” to be a Hokie.
“The week before I committed, I kind of had it in mind that Virginia Tech was the place for me,” Kearns recalled. “I decided about three or four days before that I wanted to commit. My parents wanted me to go up one more time to make sure. I saw the campus again that Friday night (July 24). I felt good about it. On Saturday, I went to the barbecue and committed to Coach Beamer and Coach Searels.”
Making his commitment “was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Kearns said. “It’s fun to be able to share that with my parents. Not many people get to do that.”
The 6’5”, 270-pound rising senior discussed what gave Virginia Tech the edge over home-state Georgia Tech as well as Kentucky and NC State.
“I really liked the town of Blacksburg,” he replied. “It’s a beautiful place. It’s a small town much like where I’m from. Another thing, aside from football,...
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