February 21, 2011
Hokies impress big unofficial visitor
Virginia Tech played host to a visitor on Friday. The recruit came away impressed by his first trip to campus and gave away a full breakdown of the unofficial visit inside.
"I went to Virginia Tech on Thursday and Friday," Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal quarterback TJ Millweard said. "I just wanted to go see the campus, I had never gotten to see the campus and was eager to see it. They have a great football program and a great academic reputation. They had the great academics like I thought and great people all around, the faculty and all that."
What did Millweard do on the visit?
"Well, Thursday I flew in late that night and I got to see the stadium when I was coming in from the airport with the lights on, it was breathtaking," he said. "On Friday, I went to the weight room first and met the players and coaches. I got to talk to them; I also talked to Coach Beamer that was good. I got to see the facilities, the school and locker room.
"I thought it was a beautiful campus and it was a gorgeous day, 60 degrees. I also saw the locker room, it was a great locker room and I kind of got to tour that, it's top class facilities."
Did anything surprise him about the trip to Tech?
"I was shocked how nice the people were," he said. "The coaches, faculty and professors I talked to in the business department.
"I was really blown away by the school, it's a great academic school with great football."
Millweard met all the coaches on Friday, but particularly spent time with his recruiter, Mike O'Cain and head coach Frank Beamer.
"I got a lot of time with O'Cain, he showed me the facilities and stuff like that, it was fun," he said. "I was blown away by him, he's a great guy and knows an incredible amount about football, he's a great coach and I would love to work with him.
"Coach Beamer was a great guy also. He got to talk to my parents, he's a great coach and he talked about how he wants us to succeed in academics and football. I was most impressed by how he wants his athletes to succeed in academics, he talked about the academic support center and I loved the support center and the emphasis towards academics.
"You can tell it starts with the head of the program, the head coach, he's a great guy and there are great people there."
Meanwhile, what did Millweard's parents think?
"My parents liked it," he said. "They harped that it was my decision and they'll support me any way I go, but they loved Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. They want me to do what's best for me."
With that, Millweard touched on what's next.
"I don't know yet," he said. "I definitely have a few questions answered. I was awed by the great coaches and facilities, but I need to make sure I don't rush into anything."
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