January 31, 2011

Dream come true for Hokie walk-on pledge

It's only a couple days to National Signing Day, but Virginia Tech picked up a walk-on pledge on Monday afternoon. For the lineman, it's a dream come true to get the opportunity to join the Hokies.

"It's a dream come true," Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga offensive lineman Andrew Harrs said. "I grew up in Virginia and I thought, wow I wish I could do that and I'm doing it.

"I'm very excited. I'm really looking forward to it, it's a great opportunity."

Harrs confirmed his decision to his recruiter Billy Hite earlier today.

"I talked to Coach Hite around 2:45," he said. "We talked about the admissions process and how I turned in my application awhile ago and I found out this week I got in, I'm a preferred walk-on. I committed today.

"He (Billy Hite) sounded excited. He seems like a really nice guy and I look forward to meeting him. He was happy with the fact I committed to Virginia Tech."

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder broke down why he picked the Hokies.

"It was everything," he said. "I mean, my sister goes there, the food is second to none, that's a very big part. I was looking at the schools and my focus is not as much on football, but more academics, the Pamplin Business School at Virginia Tech is very highly regarded. It's a very good business school. I'm exactly sure which field of business I want to study, but they'd be able to prepare me for the next step.

"I love the campus too, my family goes there and it's the greatest. I just love it."

At least part of Harrs decision is due in part to playing football and he went into that as well.

"I love the game of football and it's a big part of my life and has been for awhile," he said. "I'm really excited that I'm getting to play at a top 25 program like Virginia Tech, it's a dream come true. I couldn't want anything else, it's just the greatest opportunity and I'm so happy to have it."

To date, Virginia Tech hasn't talked much about a specific position he'll play upon his arrival.

"I follow the idea you need to know all the positions on the line and whatever the opportunity, to play center, guard or tackle it's phenomenal."

Harrs had numerous interest from other schools including the Ivy League as well as Bucknell, Fordham, Georgetown and financial packages with Bryant, Saint Vincent, Saint Anselm and the Merchant Marines amongst others.

He added.

"I'm just so happy to be going to Virginia Tech," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting started. It's one of those things I'm ready to dive right in.

"I'm just at a loss for words, I'm so happy about it. My family has always been for Virginia Tech and now to go and attempt to play football there, to have this opportunity to try to go do work, it's a dream come true."

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