October 15, 2010

Visit sees Hokies rise for 2012 lineman

It was mostly 2012 prospects that made a showing on campus for the Hokies victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. An emerging offensive tackle from the Commonwealth was among those in attendance making his first trip in years for a Tech game.

"I liked it up there," Richlands, Va. 2012 offensive tackle Josh Hess said. "It's been quite a while since I've been to a Virginia Tech game, it was the first time I've visited since I was little.

"I loved the entrance, that's what gets me. It's probably the best entrance in college football. I loved the fans too, it's a great football atmosphere."

Of course, Hess was on campus for the game and gave his thoughts.

"I liked the way they played," he said. "The offensive line made some big holes for Tyrod (Taylor) and he took one to the house. The offensive line is really good and in the locker room after the game, they talked about how the offensive line's got some work to do.

"I can say, I liked how they run their system."

Hess met with a few current players while in town.

"I spoke with Rob Stanton who's from where we're at, Logan Thomas and James Gayle," he said. "It was all real nice, they all knew who Richlands was and Logan said he was tired of playing those boys from Richlands."

The lineman prospect got a bit more time with his recruiter, Billy Hite as well.

"He didn't really get into recruiting, but he's been on me since eighth grade, so there was nothing new. He wanted us to talk to him after the game, but I couldn't find him."

So, did the visit do much for the Hokies?

"I will say that Tech moved up a lot on my list," he said. "I like the atmosphere up there, some of the other places I've been the fans aren't into it that much. At Tech, it's just crazy."

Hess holds one verbal offer at this time from Marshall, but other schools are interested.

"Oregon wants my film and Virginia has told me if I can run better they'll offer me, so it's picking up a lot."

Speaking of Virginia, Hess plans to head to Charlottesville Saturday.

This season, Hess has helped Richlands to a 6-0 start.

"The offensive line is doing really well, we're scoring 40-plus points a game and blowing everybody out," he said. "I'm trying to work on staying lower, my footwork and my flexibility. I'm doing pretty well with my run blocking though."

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