Defensive End, Class of 2022
Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA
The scholarship offer Friday from Virginia Tech was the first thus far for Chantilly (Va.) 2022 defensive lineman Aiden Gobaira, but it also literally initiated his recruitment.
Gobaira said prior to the offer from the Hokies, he hadn’t heard from any coaches. His own high school coaches had been in contact with schools, but Gobaira himself hadn’t. On Monday, Virginia followed suit with an offer, and now Gobaira said he’s trying to get a handle on his recruitment, simply to make sense of the quick turn of events.
“I had no idea any of this was going to happen,” he said. “I woke up Friday and my coaches were like, ‘pick up the phone, its Virginia Tech.’ This just blindsided me. I’ve only been offered and talking to coaches for a few days. I might relax next week, but right now I’m excited knowing I won’t have to pay for college.”
Admittedly, Gobaira said he hadn’t really thought about what he’d want in a college, but with his new offers, he’s come up with a few characteristics he’d like to find in any school.
“I’m looking for a good staff with the D-line,” Gobaira said. “I want to see the facilities, how the program runs. I want to see how the defense plays, where I’d be playing. I learned UVA plays a 3-4, so I’d be playing outside linebacker. Virginia Tech runs a 4-3, so I’d be down on the line. I just want to know what I’m getting myself into. History helps. You see Ohio State and they’re amazing, so if they have a good past record, that helps. Mostly, it’s about the coaching staff and how they run things.”
Prior to the current pandemic and NCAA recruiting dead period, Gobaira said he took just one visit, in February to William & Mary. Despite not having been to Blacksburg, he said he’s interested in the Hokies based on what he’s heard.
“Virginia Tech, they obviously have a great past record,” Gobaira said. “I love the coaching staff. I talked to the D-line coach (Darryl Tapp) and I really liked what he had to say. He’s a really funny guy, great experience. He spent time in the league, spent time coaching. I’m really interested for sure. They just sound like a great program.”
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