December 22, 2010

Hokies pick up interest in top specialist

Recruiting is picking up for one versatile linebacker in the Northeast. Virginia Tech is one of the teams taking a further look at the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.

"I got my first offer from Colorado State the other day," Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vainey linebacker and long snapper Sean Tobin said. "I'm talking to a few other schools, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia Tech."

Colorado State put an offer on the table and Tobin reflected on that first.

"That's my first offer and it's a big deal," he said. "They are recruiting me both for linebacker and long snapper. From what I've seen, I really like the area and they were nice. I'm going on a visit there, so we'll see how I like the campus and see if it fits me."

Tobin is leaning towards a visit on January 21st for Colorado State.

Meanwhile, the Hokies are expected to get a trip too.

"I talked to Coach Cavanaugh last week and he said to be patient and that they are definitely interested," he stated. "They just need to see if they have the scholarship available.

"He told me the reason they are looking at me is that their current snapper is not making plays after he snaps the ball and they know that I can, so that's the main reason they are looking. He told me that a visit on January 28th was better for them and mentioned he plans to come down to my school for a visit before then."

Georgia Tech is expected to get a visit as well on January 14th, while a trip to Florida State continues to be up in the air.

With all the interest picking up and all the schools discussing possible scholarships, is anyone leading?

"I'm considering all my options, there is not a school ahead of everyone," he said. "I'm looking for a good academic program. Academics are first as I'm sure after my four years of college that'll be it for football. I want to get a good job, I think I want to study engineering."

In the meantime, on the field Tobin and St. John Vainey went 4-6 this year as he posted over 80 tackles and nine sacks at linebacker.

"The season went alright, we could have done better," he said. "I did well. I had a great year and all my snaps were good. I even got invited to an all-star game. I'm actually rated by one service No. 10 overall as a long snapper in the nation."

With the ability to play both ways, is it his desire to play both in college as well?

"It doesn't really matter to me, either way I'm fine."

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