Tight End, Class of 2020
Lake Braddock High School, Burke, VA
Last week, Lake Braddock (VA) tight end Matthew Hibner was simply hoping to get noticed. This week, that’s more than come true.
On Monday, Virginia Tech became the first FBS school to offer Hibner, followed soon by Old Dominion and Yale. In just a few days, the approach he’s taking with his recruitment has completely changed. Hibner attributes much of the interest to growth and development, though it’s been more than normal.
“I think the biggest factor is during my junior season, I was around 190 (pounds) and more skinny,” he said. “Now I’m almost 230, and I’ve really blown up after the season. I’m on pace to get bigger, and that’s probably the biggest factor. I’m getting more used to my body. But I’m still keeping my speed and agility. I’ll keep putting on weight until it’s clear I need to stop. Other than that, they’re seeing me play. I think I’ve developed a lot since junior season. My route-running and blocking has improved since then as well.”
Still, Hibner said he wasn’t sure if and when interest from schools would come, until the Hokies contacted him last week.
“Virginia Tech has kind of changed my approach camp-wise, to kind of bigger camps, more FBS camps,” Hibner said. “I think I have what it takes to be at an FBS school, and Virginia Tech proves that. It was more confidence for me, honestly. Hopefully I can push well from it and see where I can go.”
Assistant coach Justin Hamilton first made contact with Hibner a week ago Monday. This past Monday, offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen watched him work out in person, and later that day tight ends coach James Shibest and head coach Justin Fuente spoke with Hibner by telephone to inform him of his scholarship offer from the Hokies.
“They’ve all been great,” Hibner said. “They all seem like they actually want to get to know me and form a relationship, which is cool. Coach Shibest, the tight ends coach, he called, too, and that was good talking to him. It’s definitely been cool talking to more than just one guy.”
Hibner already has some familiarity with Virginia Tech. He’s visited multiple times to see his sister, who is finishing up her freshman year....
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