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This month’s Meet the Maryland Hokie is CJ Carroll Junior Wide Receiver  for the Football Team


What part of Maryland are you from?

Olney, Md. Montgomery County

Favorite thing to do in Maryland? Favorite place to visit?

Ocean City Maryland, so I can eat some crabs

How did you first learn about Virginia Tech?

I had a high school teammate (Kendal Fuller) that came to Virginia Tech and put in a word for me so that I was able to walk-on to the team

Why did you chose Virginia Tech? Did you have a connection to VT prior to deciding?

I saw an opportunity to walk-on, the only connection I had was Kendal Fuller being on the team

What is your major and why did you choose it?

I’m in public relations. I chose it because when I first got here I didn’t know what I wanted to do and it was more of a broad thing where I could do multiple things. I don’t know what I want to do yet but it gives me a wide variety to choose from.

What is your greatest on-field/sports memory?

For right now it’s definitely the Notre Dame game and being able to wear the No. 25 jersey, that was a pretty special time.

How has being a student athlete added to your experience at Tech?

I don’t really know anything else than being an athlete, I don’t know how it would be if I wasn’t an athlete. You gain family from being an athlete so it’s fun.

How has being a student athlete prepared you for life after graduation?

Probably the thing that has prepared me the most is the work ethic. Some days we have to wake up at 5 a.m. It’s more than what some other students have to do, nothing against the other students, it’s just a little more time consuming like it is in the real world. So I believe it prepares us well.

Is there a particular faculty member, administrator, local citizen, etc. that you’ve had the good fortune to meet during your time at Virginia Tech who has really inspired or challenged you in some way?  If so, who was that person and in what way have they made an impact on you?

Probably Willie Burn, when I first got here he was the slot receiver and also Sam Rogers. They were both walk-ons that earned scholarships. They paved the way for me.

What are your plans after graduation?  Do you think you will return to Maryland someday?

Definitely, I love Maryland. I’ll do something Maryland, I don’t know what it is. I might just go back to eat some crabs with old bay on them. There is just something about Maryland, so I’ll be back.

What do you do for fun when you have free time?

I like to have fun with my roommate Tyrell Smith, we kinda just mess around all of the time, just doing stupid things. It can be anywhere from bumping Taylor Swift to singing karaoke, just things where we like to have fun.

What’s your favorite food?

Spaghetti

Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and is there a story behind it?

My nickname is Splurge. Sophomore year of high school the seniors gave the nickname splurge I don’t know why they just did. When I got here Kendal (Fuller) started calling me Splurge and everyone was like well if Kendall does it I guess we have to call him that to. So now, everyone calls me splurge

What type of music do you listen to? Favorite Artist?

I listen to all types of music. I don’t really have a favorite artist.

What does the Hokie Club mean to you and how has it impacted your time as a student athlete at Virginia Tech?

I think more than anything it’s a reward. There are some people out there can’t pay for it and just appreciate the people that do pay for my school. It shows to me that hard work pays off and I appreciate the Hokie club for paying for my school.

Do you have any message for the Hokies living in Maryland?

I would like to shout out all of the Hokies in Maryland. Thank you for everything you guys do. From helping us pay for our scholarships to supporting us at games, we appreciate it.