We’re closing out the 2022 Virginia Tech signees with three tight ends and a kicker.
Meadows of Dan, VA
Carroll County High
Gosnell originally committed to Ohio State, where TE coach Kevin Wilson is a pretty good one. The current Hokie committed without ever visiting, though, and after thinking about it, he realized he didn’t want to be so far from home. Most of his playing was done at East Surry High School in North Carolina, a very good smaller (it recently bumped up from 1A to 2A) program northwest of Winston-Salem.
Gosnell played in three state title games at Surry, winning one. At Surry, he was a big, downhill linebacker who laid the wood with regularity, though he didn’t seem to have quite the instincts or lateral athleticism to play the spot in college. He was an even better TE/WR who sucked in imperfect throws and broke ankles like he was a slot receiver instead of a towering tight end. Not only that, he even broke long returns as a kick returner and long runs taking the ball on end-arounds.
He later transferred to Carroll County High in Virginia, where he got Logan Thomas’ed into taking snaps; he tore an ACL after only three games, and has been rehabbing since. In those three games, he looked like a varsity player turned loose on a Pop Warner squad. Describing his game on the page, he might sound like a do-everything type the Hokies had in Dalton Keene, but on film he looks more like a traditional in-line tight end, as there’s not much of him kicking out guys from the wing spot. He’s already about as big now as Keene is for the Patriots, and that’s after looking a little skinny up top in his high school clips; there might be a silver lining in a redshirt/rehab year if it helps him get the upper body mass he’ll need to be a consistent blocker for Virginia Tech.
Harrison Saint Germain