"Old School" Offensive Lineman William Pritchard Picks his "Dream School", Virginia Tech

The Hokies' third offensive line commitment of the 2019 recruiting cycle discusses his decision, and his coach provides a breakdown of his game.

William Pritchard checks out Virginia Tech in June. [William Pritchard]

"He is an old school, ground 'em out, kind of football player."

That's how Manchester head coach Tom Hall summarizes offensive lineman William Pritchard's game. Pritchard, a rising senior at Manchester HS, announced his commitment to Virginia Tech on July 1. Although, he actually committed to the Hokies two days prior.

Pritchard called up Tech OL coach Vance Vice, who got the thumbs up from big whistle Justin Fuente to accept the pledge.

"He was excited," said Pritchard of his future position coach. "He's happy he got his third lineman, his third spot filled up. ... He started to cheer."

Both Vice and Zohn Burden recruited Pritchard, but it was the connection with Vice which put Tech over the top of finalists Tennessee, Syracuse, Illinois, and JMU.

"(Vice is) what sealed the deal for me when I committed," said Pritchard. "I really like his coaching style. I like how he runs his offense. I like his attitude.

"When I was in there for the position meeting, I like how he doesn't put up with a lot, but he's going to be there along the way for you. He's going to support you, and he's going to correct you when you're wrong to make you a better player."

The Hokies offered Pritchard as an interior lineman, and the 6-3½, 290 pounder has the potential to play either guard of center. The 247Sports Composite rates him as a 3-star (0.8506) OG.

"For as big as he is, he's so athletic," said Hall. "He runs extremely well. A lot of his highlights are actually after he blocks his initial guy on level one, he gets up to level two, even downfield on a safety. He does a great tracking, like a defensive back, in space. He's really good with that."

Manchester runs an up-tempo, no huddle, spread offense, similar to Tech, and Pritchard's skill set meshes well with the pulling and combination blocks Tech's interior linemen are often tasked with.

"I think we run a really college type system," said Hall. "So hopefully the things that we do, are very similar to what Coach Vice is going to be doing at Tech. We make a lot of calls on the offensive line. That's Will's responsibility, and that's going to hopefully translate to what he's going to have to do at Tech as well."

As he prepares for his senior campaign, Pritchard is focused on improving his leadership (as a captain), and keeping a better center of gravity while blocking — not putting his weight over his toes. Hall hopes for continued improvement of blitz and defensive front recognition.

Hall noted Pritchard looks lean, closer to 240 than 290, and has the frame to carry 315 or 320 pounds in college, but not lose a step. Moreover, the 17-year-old has put up some impressive weight room numbers too. He benched 335 pounds, squatted 550, and cleaned 330.

Pritchard works out during a June visit to Virginia Tech.

"He's a physical kid," said Hall. "He's obviously a great run blocker. He became a really good pass protector last year. That was one aspect of his game from his sophomore to his junior year that he had to really work on, and he did. ... He's a physical football player, and that's his strength."

Pritchard says he channels his aggressiveness from a mean mentality on the field.

"I like playing with a nasty streak," said Pritchard. "Coach Hall, he always tells me it's something you can't teach. I play with a lot of emotion. I like getting after it. I got to play dirty, but clean at the same time. Play out of anger, play with emotion, you can't be friends with anyone on the field."

Yet, that's a far cry from how Hall framed Prichard off the field.

"He's an awesome kid," said Hall. "He's one of our leaders. When the helmet's off, he's one of the nicest kids. He's a big goofy kid, and that's a compliment to him. He's a fantastic person, great student."

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foresthokie
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OLD SCHOOL! DREAM SCHOOL!

Chem PhD '16

I really like this kid's mean streak. Jake Grove anyone?

"(Vice is) what sealed the deal for me when I committed," said Pritchard. "I really like his coaching style. I like how he runs his offense. I like his attitude.

This makes me happy. I like that linemen like Vice.

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Ok, the kid sounds great....but can he grow a mullet and shut down a Taco Bell?

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

"I like playing with a nasty streak,"

I like the mentality of these linemen we are getting. It seems like Vice has a good understanding of what these guys need to hear to buy into VT.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Agreed. I want opponents to know that Tech is coming to play a physical ballgame. I like seeing O Lineman knocking guys on their butt even if they are out of the play.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

"I like playing with a nasty streak,"

Who remembers Jake Grove? Awesome!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Manchester runs an up-tempo, no huddle, spread offense, similar to Tech, and Pritchard's skill set meshes well with the pulling and combination blocks Tech's interior linemen are often tasked with.

This has been a theme with a lot of recent commits - Fuente and co. seem to be scouting players that will be able to come in and learn the system quickly and start competing for playing time. Good player fits coming in the door these days

Cha-ching! Another mobile big man up front for the offense of the future...and it's happening fast.

Quality picture of the back of his head. 😆

I kind of like it. We'll all know his face when he steps into the trenches and fulfills his potential. Looks like a contributor to me.

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Ha ha, true. I just want to see him suited up in an all maroon everything VT uniform with helmet on. Mullet sticking out under the helmet would just be a bonus.