LYNCHBURG, Va.— There was just something about the environment at Virginia Tech.
Liberty Christian Academy (Va.) three-star offensive lineman Braxton Pfaff committed to the Hokies in April but it wasn’t until last week when he truly understood the meaning.
Pfaff signed his letter of intent today to play for Virginia Tech this fall. But it was a sign of kindness from his future program that resonated most.
Jason Stamm, HokieHaven.comPfaff signed at his school with friends and family.
Pfaff’s grandfather had open-heart surgery last week and is recovering well. A few days after he gave the news to his recruiting coach, assistant Cornell Brown, Pfaff received a homemade get-well card from the Hokies staff that was signed by each member.
That generosity only heightened his excitement and readiness to make his next stop official today.
“I’ve been committed to Virginia Tech for almost a year now, but I guess today it just kinda sinks in that I’m gonna be playing there next year,” Pfaff said. “It’s just an awesome feeling, like no other.
"It was tough, but I had no doubts I was going to Virginia Tech. There’s no regret there, but it was kinda tough with just, ‘I wanted to be there now’ kinda thing."
Pfaff’s relationship with Brown has been strong for a while. It was assistant coach Bryan Stinespring who began recruiting Pfaff as a sophomore and Brown who kept the momentum going.
“Coach Brown’s a great guy,” Pfaff said. “He doesn’t put the pressure on you. He just always talks about the program. He’ll ask me how I’m doing, how my family’s doing. It’s great and he’s been an awesome recruiting coach. He’s a big part of me being at Virginia Tech.”
Brown has also been a supporter of Pfaff since he injured his left shoulder at the Semper Fidelis all-star game that forced him to miss the game.
“I’m gonna be having surgery next Tuesday,” Pfaff said. “From then until I go in, I’m just gonna be rehabbing it, getting stronger and stronger and fighting through it. I think I’m gonna come out a better football player.”
There’s three new members to the Hokie family in offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead. Pfaff hasn’t gotten a chance to know them well yet, but he will as he hopes to become a fixture in the Hokies’ refurbished offense.
“They run an offense similar to us, a pro style, run-first kind of offense,” Pfaff said. “I’m extremely excited to play for that offense and I know Coach Loeffler is a great offensive coordinator and also I’m gonna be working with a great offensive line coach. I’m just excited about the coaching changes and I think it’ll be great for our program.”
The signatures of all three new coaches were on the card.
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