“Really Outgoing” VT Coaches Impress Tight End Drake DeIuliis

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Virginia Tech is one of six schools that have offered Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) tight end prospect Drake DeIuliis, who hopes to make his college choice sometime before the start of his senior season. DeIuliis was in Blacksburg last Saturday making what was his third visit to Virginia Tech overall.

“It was my first time seeing the team practice. It was good to see what things are like on the field. It was really helpful,” DeIuliis said.

“I saw that the tight end will really be used there,” DeIuliis noted. “Coach Fuente said they are running low on tight ends so they need more. He wants to use me like he uses Bucky (Hodges), lining me out wide, kind of like a hybrid tight end.”

Boston College, Duke, Minnesota, South Carolina and Wake Forest round out the list of schools that have offered the 6’6″, 215-pound junior, who, in addition to Tech, has also visited Duke, South Carolina and Wake Forest. He has plans to return to Wake Forest and South Carolina this week.

Having visited Tech three times now, does the Providence star have an idea of where the Hokies stand on his list?

“Virginia Tech is a huge prospect for me,” DeIuliis answered. “I think everything there is awesome. The new staff is going to do a great job. I could potentially be there. I have no favorites yet, but Virginia Tech very well could be the place for me.”

A great education, being close to home, and a good relationship with the coaches are paramount for DeIuliis as he tries to find the right school. In terms of the latter, Virginia Tech’s Fuente is certainly doing his part in establishing a comfort level with Drake and his family.

“I’m in constant communication with coach Fuente and coach Shibest. They are really outgoing. That’s an awesome trait to have and they do a great job,” DeIuliis said.

Recalling some experiences with Fuente he was impressed with, DeIuliis said: “He just wanted to talk to my parents one day, so he spent 30 minutes with them on the phone. He gave his background, answered my parents’ questions… it was really cool. Last Saturday, he came over and talked to me during lunch. He spent