December 13, 2007

Valuable experience for Via

ROEBUCK, S.C. - Greensboro (N.C.) Northeast Guilford offensive tackle Michael Via took some visits early in the recruiting process, but it was nothing more than a formality that he'd play for Virginia Tech once they offered.

"Pretty much, my grandfather was the first to go to college," Via said. "My family is from there and he went there. It's just kind of tradition."

Via has had the opportunity to see two other Tech commits in preparations for this week's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

"I know Lorenzo (Williams) and have talked to him, but I haven't really seen Bruce (Taylor) much," he admitted. "It's good to have teammates here that will be my teammates in college."

How is his on-going relationship with the staff? They stopped by recently and he has an official visit planned for January.

"I've been up there all my life so there's not too much else to discover I guess except to see how the dorms are," the Tar Heel State product pointed out.

Via was excited about the ACC title his future school brought home this year and thinks he is getting a good gage on his readiness for the next level this week.

"In a way I kind of expected especially after that first Boston College game. I knew we where going to pull it out. It was pretty exciting," the No. 46 offensive tackle in America, per "I'll probably red-shirt and probably play tackle. I'm not sure which side.
I'm 6-6, 265 pounds. Everyone here - they are all a lot of bigger. I've been impressed by all of them so far."

Via is ranked as the No. 17 prospect in the state of North Carolina by

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