Of course, he has no recollection of it, but Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) 2021 three-star offensive lineman Tristan Bounds spent the first year of his life in Blacksburg, after he was born there. His mother, Brenna Chirby, worked as a sports psychologist at Virginia Tech.
It had some meaning, then, when the Hokies last week gave Bounds a scholarship offer. Of course, it’s now one of 18 that Bounds has received. That list includes Nebraska, Louisville, Maryland, and Virginia.
But Bounds said he’s only in the beginning stages of his recruitment, and at this point he’s still looking at all his options.
“I really want somewhere that will challenge me academically,” Bounds said. “That’s a big reason I came to Choate Rosemary Hall. Also, I want to play at a high level, compete to win games, develop, and play in the NFL. That’s the goal. So, get a good education, but get ready for football past college.”
Bounds, though, admits a special meaning to the offer from Virginia Tech. Though he was too young to remember his time in southwest Virginia, Bounds said he remembers keeping an eye on the Hokies through the years.
“I mean, it’s definitely pretty cool, just being born there and getting the offer,” he said. “I don’t know if I had a team growing up. But if I turned on the TV and the Hokies were on, the channel would stay on. It’s unique. It was cool especially, to call my parents the day I have an offer for Virginia Tech. It’s cooler for (my mom), as far as the nostalgia and meaning more. She was there and has connections. But any time you have an offer, it’s a blessing. It’s such...
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