When Providence (NC) three-star tight end Drake Deluliis committed to Virginia Tech in April, he said that he didn’t want to be a guy that decommits.
Last Saturday, he reaffirmed his decision. But he also detailed an injury that will require upcoming surgery.
“I’m [a] hard [commit] to Virginia Tech and that’s the way it’s going to be,” Deiuliis said. “[Coach James] Shibest welcomed me when I got here. I went to talk to Coach (Justin) Fuente a little bit, and I’m sure I’ll meet up with all of them throughout the day. So pretty much, overall, a trip to see everybody.”
Deiuliis’ visit to Blacksburg wasn’t just to see the coaches, though. He was also there for support.
“My brother is here camping, and I couldn’t make it next weekend to a special camp,” Deiuliis said. “I wanted to get a visit in to see everybody at the camp today.”
Deiuliis’ feelings towards Blacksburg haven’t changed since the first time he visited.
“I love this place,” Deiuliis said. “I think this place is special. The indoor is unbelievable. Everything here is moving in the right direction and I’m happy to say that I’m a part of it...I’ve heard so much great tradition about it and I can’t wait to put myself into that tradition.”
Before he officially becomes a Hokie, Deiuliis still has a year of high school football left and doesn’t want to lose sight of what his team could accomplish next season.
“Making the most out of it,” Deiuliis said. “We’re trying to get our team in line, get the younger kids engaged, just trying to build a better, positive attitude than last year and just looking forward to competing next year with everybody.”
He won’t be able to prepare for next season just yet, though. First, he has to heal after breaking his wrist in late April.
“I broke it at the opening,” Deiuliis said. “I landed on it and found out about it. I’m dealing with it with the doctors now. The opening was April 24, so I just found out about it last week, so hopefully I’m not out for a very long time…I lifted on it, I practiced on it, I did everything that you could possibly do on it and it got worse…It felt terrible. It felt like shooting pain every day. I thought it would get better on its own and it just never did. I was forced by my Mom to go to the doctor. Good decision. I didn’t want to go. But it ended up happening.”
Deiuliis has surgery scheduled for July 1 and is expected to make a full recovery.