Four-star junior defensive end Michael Barnett committed to Virginia Tech on Monday.
“To be honest, we kind of knew that was where he was going to go unless there was a coaching change,” said Woodland head coach Mathis Burnette.
“I couldn't blame him because we've been to every school that has offered. And the whole time, he would say this is nice, but Virginia Tech is home.”
Burnette said Barnett just felt it was time to make his decision.
“They've been on him since the beginning and he knew where his heart was and decided to go ahead and make the call.”
Virginia Tech had aggressively pursued Barnett for nearly a year.
“They were the first (to offer),” Burnette said. “I think people underestimate how important that is. They didn't wait around. They offered him last December as soon as they saw his film and they stayed on him. (Defensive line) coach (Charley) Wiles recruited him all the way. He did a great job.
“They always made sure he had a specific time to call them and talk them. Then when he went up there, they made sure he had a chance to meet the players and see what it would be like to play there.
"He was not an afterthought to them. He was definitely their guy and I think that makes a difference.”
Although Barnett is over a year away from signing his letter of intent, do not expect him to change his mind.
“Barring a coaching change, he’s not visiting anywhere else, he’s not camping anywhere else,” Burnette.
“We sat him down as coaches told him once you make a commitment – you’re committed. So I don’t see him even looking anywhere else.”
Barnett is the 30th-ranked defensive end in the 2015 class.
He chose Virginia Tech over scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Tennessee.