2021 three-star DE Mattheus Carroll was one of the talented group of visitors in Blacksburg on March 1st for Junior Day. His Junior Day visit went quite well with Carroll coming away impressed with what Virginia Tech does on and off the field.
"I really loved how they excel in both academics and football," Carroll said. "The coaches can develop me to my highest potential."
While on campus, Carroll spent most of his time defensive line coaches Bill Teerlinck and Darryl Tapp. He said that his relationships with those coaches are in a good place.
"We talked a lot about me going to Virginia Tech and how I would fit," Carroll said. "How I could contribute leadership and bring knowledge about my assignments on the field. Our relationship is still very early but I'd say right now we are building something great."
In addition to his time with Teerlinck and Tapp, Carroll enjoyed some of the usual proceedings on his visit.
"We sat down with Coach Fuente, got an academic presentation along with a strength and conditioning presentation, campus tour, photoshoot, position meeting, the whole nine," Carroll said.
One aspect of deciding a school that seems important to Carroll is academics. He mentioned that he admired the way Virginia Tech excels in academics, and he said that he talked to the defensive line coaches about "how I would likely succeed academically in a Virginia Tech environment."
Currently, Carroll holds offers from ten Power Five schools. He said he has visits planned to Maryland and Temple over the next two weeks.
In addition, he plans to schedule more visits in the near future. He added that Virginia Tech is definitely on his list of places to go.
"They are definitely contenders for sure," Carroll said of the Hokies' standing in his recruitment. "I would say they are high on my list. I don't have anything narrowed down right now, but I really like Virginia Tech."