June 8, 2010

Hokies have connection to camp standout

Arguably one of the top performers on Saturday at Virginia Tech's first summer camp didn't walk away with a scholarship. However, Tech is going to keep a close eye on him as they have strong ties to the rising junior.

"This was my first camp," Brentwood (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy 2012 defensive end Woody Baron said. "I liked it. I've always been a Virginia Tech fan. It was a good camp and wherever I go I try to perform to the best of my ability.

"I perform the hardest I can, 110% anytime I can and I think the coaches liked me. They said they liked what I do and liked my performance. They told me to send in a tape and then we'll be all right. Hopefully, I'll get a chance for an offer down the road."

Baron briefly got time with head coach Frank Beamer.

"I shook his hand a couple times, he just had some brief words with me, it wasn't too much."

Baron is high on the Hokies due in large part to his family ties.

"I love Tech," he said. "I've been a Hokie fan since I was old enough to say the word Hokie. My uncle James Baron went there in the 90's and I've always been a Hokie fan. I'm real close to my uncle. He's my mentor and I look to him for advice on and off the field, that's my uncle.

"I love the program, I love the coaches and I love the campus."

Tech isn't the only school eyeing the rising junior.

"I'm going to Alabama's camp later this summer," he said. "I've got a good amount of questionnaires.

"I'm mostly looking at defensive programs. Tech has a strong base on defense along with a couple other ACC teams and any SEC team."

It is very possible verbal offers will start to roll in eventually, is there an offer Baron is craving?

"I really want a Virginia Tech offer," he said. "I love Tech and I think I could fit in and make things happen if I went there."

As recruiting starts up, Baron is beginning to think about what he wants in a college.

"I'm looking for a good school," he said. "I want a good team that I feel I can fit in at and somewhere to strive on and off the field."

Baron helped lead his team to the state semifinals a year ago before a one-point overtime loss ended his season. Clearly colleges are taking note of the lineman, what stands out about him?

"I'd say it's my work ethic," he said. "I give all I've got and I'll play until my legs collapse, I'll keep going."

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