Ashburn, VA (February 8, 2015) – Dominion High School senior, Matt Christ, has accepted a preferred walk-on status to play football at Virginia Tech (hereafter referred to as Tech) starting in the 2015-2016 academic school year. “I selected Tech after an official visit with my brother, Tommy, a few weeks back,” said Christ. Christ intends to major in Accounting , as this profession runs in the family since his mother has her own accounting business.
Virginia Tech as it is currently known today was officially opened on October 1, 1872 as the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Tech is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community focusing on research, discovery, and technological leadership. Tech’s enrollment is 31,224 students with 29,173 in approximately 135 buildings including a 2,600 acre main campus and 2,501 students in off-campus facilities in six regions and also a study-abroad site in Switzerland. Out of Tech’s total enrollment, demographics show that 82.8% are undergraduates and 17.2% study at the graduate level and 57.7% male and 42.3% female. There are over 240,000 Tech alumni living in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 100 countries. In 2014, Tech had 20,897 freshmen applications for the fall class with cumulative test scores in the 1170 to 1350 mid-range. It pays to study and get good grades and test scores!
Tech is located in the town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County, nestled in the northern Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia – 38 miles southwest of Roanoke. Blacksburg is now Virginia’s largest town and has a population of over 43,600. Tech is also the largest employer in Blacksburg based on the town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Christ’s commitment to become a Hokie felt great! “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to continue playing football at the next level at such a great school,” said Christ. The recruiting process was exciting and nerve-racking at the same time for Christ. He was invited to many camps over the summer thanks to Dominion Head Football Coach, Karl “Buck” Buckwalter. “Coach Buckwalter brought college coaches into the school every day,” said Christ. As January came around Christ still didn’t know where he was going and signing day was on February 5th. Christ received the call from Virginia Tech in early January and he spoke with the coaches the next week at school. Christ made his decision after his official visit.
Christ will play for Head Coach Frank Beamer and offensive line coach Stacey Searels. Football at Virginia Tech officially kicked off on Oct. 21, 1892 when the school was known as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Tech now enters its 122nd season in 2015 with an overall record of 712-451-46 in 1,209 games played, appearing in 28 bowl games. Tech played in the 2014 Military Bowl against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in Annapolis, MD on December 27, 2014 and won 33-17.
Christ is a 6ft. 4in, 260 lb. offensive tackle and was a three year starter and Captain for the Titans. He earned VHSL All Conference, All Region, and All State, and Viva Loudoun’s All-Loudoun Football honors. Christ’s expectations for his first year are to get as big as he can in order to compete as hard as he can every day and be the best team player he can be. Christ has been playing football for the past 10 years, since he was eight years old in the Lower Loudoun Boys Football League (LLBFL). He has improved greatly and that is shown by the accolades he received at the next level, in high school. Christ’ fondest memories of playing high school football were beating King George in Dominion’s first ever playoff victory and beating Loudoun County in our homecoming game this past season.
“I am thankful for so many supporters, and grateful for my parents and Coach Buckwalter. My parents have been there supporting me all along my journey to play at the next level,” said Christ. Coach Buckwalter not only has been an awesome coach to play for, he goes the extra mile and uses his relationships bring in many college coaches in to our school to help his players get as much exposure as possible. Coach Buckwalter helped Christ’s older brother, Mike, who plays football for the Monmouth University Hawks in West Long Branch, NJ. “We can’t thank him enough!” said Christ.
In giving advice to others in pursuing their dream of playing a sport at the next level, Christ says “work hard every day and it will eventually pay off!”
Please join me in congratulating Matt on his commitment to play football at Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!
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Written by Steven Holland