By Zach Shugan
MILTON, Ga. — He still has a senior season to play in 2021, but Milton quarterback Devin Farrell has decided where he will suit up following his high school career.
Farrell committed to Virginia Tech, announcing the decision Thursday in a tweet. The dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2022 chose the Hokies over offers from Georgia Tech, Duke, Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina and more.
“I’m super excited right now,” Farrell said a few hours after committing. “It hasn’t even hit me yet really because it happened so fast, but it’s starting to hit me right now. I’m just thankful.”
Farrell’s commitment comes less than a week after the Hokies offered him a scholarship, which he said came as a surprise.
“I’m not saying I wasn’t considering Virginia Tech, but I just didn’t think I was on their radar. After they offered me they’ve just been so consistent. It truly feels like they really like me and want the best for me.”
Farrell loves multiple aspects of Virginia Tech, from the football program to the university and its campus. A future major in Business Finance, he noted first and foremost Virginia Tech’s business school as a driving force in his decision.
Then, of course, there’s the rowdy fan base Virginia Tech is known for.
“They showed me this one hype video that brought me chills,” Farrell said.
As for what the Hokies have to offer on the gridiron, there’s a history of sending quarterbacks to the NFL. Football fans, even the more casual supporters of the sport, will likely recognize the name of quarterbacks who have played at Virginia Tech in recent years.
Most notably, Atlanta Falcons legend Mike Vick led the Hokies’ offense from 1998-2000. Tyrod Taylor, who played last season for the Los Angeles Chargers, quarterbacked Virginia Tech from 2007-10.
“They have a good background with dual-threat quarterbacks,” Farrell said.
Farrell, a rising senior who passed for 1,812 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 553 yards and 1 touchdown as a junior, had a clear message for any Virginia Tech fans who might be out there wondering what type of player (and person) they’re getting.
“They can expect a leader. A hard worker. They can expect exciting things out of me. They can expect happiness out of me. I’ll be an all-around good person and good player in their system.”