Hokies Win Big Down the Stretch For DE Mattheus Carroll

The man dubbed "Stretch" discusses the Hokies and his head coach, Nick Bach, provides insight into his pupil's game.

Mattheus Carroll poses for a photo during a March visit to Virginia Tech.

The Hokies earned a huge win on the recruiting trail Sunday with the verbal commitment of 2021 defensive end Mattheus Carroll. The Gilman School in Baltimore, MD product announced Virginia Tech from among his final three which also included Maryland and Duke. Per 247Sports, the 6'5", 225lbs 3-star (0.8577) is the 47th ranked WDE in the nation and the 22nd ranked player in the state of Maryland.

He possesses great speed, strength, and, as you could probably tell by his nickname, "Stretch", length. Tech was somewhat of a late bloomer in Carroll's recruitment.

"[Virginia Tech] offered me a little bit later," said Carroll. "They made up a lot of time. It was kind of not really even a school that was looking to be a contender coming into this whole thing. But I had a super good visit and just over time they started to grow on me and really made up time."

Carroll visited Tech prior to the COVID-19 induced dead period on March 1, and his conversations with new defensive line coaches Bill Teerlinck and Darryl Tapp set the Hokies apart from the competition.

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