October 22, 2010

2012 OL takes in first game at Tech

Virginia Tech played host to a rising lineman on Saturday from the 2012 recruiting class. It was the first ever visit to a game for the junior prospect.

"It was the first college game I've ever gone to," Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch 2012 offensive guard Jordan Veal said of his visit to Virginia Tech last weekend. "It was good. The homecoming, the intensity of the whole student body, I was getting into it. I really like Virginia Tech; it's a good school.

"I'm going down to North Carolina when they play there and then I plan to go back up there for the game against Virginia."

Veal obviously came away impressed and discussed his visit further.

"My impression is that I loved the college atmosphere," he said. "I went to the Merryman Center and Coach Newsome gave me a good tour of the new locker room. It was really sweet. The players lounge and area for tailgating was nice.

"I also talked to Coach Newsome. He actually came to my school on Friday and told me once I get my highlight film, he's the offensive line coach and if it looks good, I could be a Hokie."

It's clear Veal is very interested and he even stated he was high on the Hokies, but why?

"I just love the action and the coaching staff," he said. "I met the players and they seemed very friendly. They are not stuck up. It's a family college and everybody is a family. They have great academics, it's a great campus and even when I went to concessions, everyone saw my pass and told me to come to Virginia Tech."

That's not to mean other schools aren't in pursuit.

"I'm going to Virginia next weekend on the 29th when they play Miami," he said. "I also got invited to a lot more schools, Nebraska, Rutgers, Connecticut, West Virginia and Michigan wanted me to come up for visits."

In terms of his season, Veal is playing well despite Western Branch's struggles.

"We're struggling through a lot of injuries," he said. "We couldn't really get into a groove, but I've got a year left and I'm going to lead my team to the playoffs next season.

"I have improved this year. My tenth grade year I wasn't pushing seniors off the ball, but I've improved. My pass protection and run blocking are better. I'm firing off the ball and I've gotten a lot stronger in the offseason by going to these camps."

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