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Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / McMinn County High School offensive lineman Bryce Goodner committed to the ACC's Virginia Tech on Monday. Goodner is a preseason all-state selection and one of the area's top talents.

One of the state's most punishing offensive linemen is completely sold on his future football program.

McMinn County High School senior Bryce Goodner did not waste any time after receiving a highly anticipated phone call Sunday.

"I am all in with Virginia Tech. I told (Virginia Tech offensive line) coach (Vance) Vice that right after he offered me and I took my spot," Goodner told the Times Free Press on Monday. "When I first started looking at recruiting, I made a list of schools I wanted to go after. Virginia Tech was at the top of it. After getting to talk to the coaches, players and seeing the campus, I knew I wanted to be a part of it."

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Goodner, who has posted some unreal workout videos this year on his Twitter account, has helped turn the Cherokees gain respect as a football program.

Goodner stacked up numerous pancake blocks in a record-setting 2019 season that McMinn County started 8-0. He believes the success for himself and the program has come not only from hard work in the weight room and a great group of talented players, but also from some of the off-field life changes they've made.

"I think what has changed the most for McMinn County and what has made us better is being a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes," Goodner said. "We were able to find Christ and started playing as brothers and for each other. A lot of our guys on the program have become leaders in FCA, and I am proud of the culture we have established."

Out of his 27 Division I scholarship offers, the Atlantic Coast Conference's Hokies became the first Power Five program on the list.

Goodner said Hokies coaches have said the plan is to mold him into a center. For now, he is excited to have the chance to play football again in a TSSAA season that is still not fully promised amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I feel like I have been a real underrated and undervalued prospect, but Virginia Tech sees my potential," Goodner said. "Today is a dream come true. I love to play football, and when I do I lock in. I am excited about the future and will treasure every snap I play."

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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