One of the hardest working players in the program ... Is expected to give the Hokies added depth at a lot of different positions, including first base and the outfield ... Will also provide a left-handed bat off the bench ... A high energy player who was redshirted in 2007 after undergoing wrist surgery ... Transferred to Tech from Cuesta Community College in California ... Was born in Virginia ... Is a fourth-generation Hokie whose father, grandfather and great grandfather all attended Tech ... His great grandfather, George C. Willson, was a co-captain on Tech's 1904 football team.
2006-07: Was sidelined for the 2007 season following wrist surgery in January.
Junior College: Played two seasons for Coach Bob Miller at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. ... Worked his way into the starting lineup during his freshman season as an outfielder/DH ... Hit over .400 the second half of the season and finished with a .364 season mark ... Received all-conference honors and helped the team finish in the top 8 in California ... Team was ranked No. 3 in California JC preseason polls in 2006 ... Saw action in 41 out of 47 games as a sophomore, working at first base and DH ... Hit .334 in first 20 games with 15 RBIs and a pair of home runs ... Suffered a broken finger and was in and out of the lineup the rest of the season ... Finished with a .252 average, but was second on the team in doubles with 10.
High School: A two-year letterman as a first baseman and outfielder for Coach Mike Kelly at Carmel (Calif.) High School ... Earned first-team all-league honors his senior year after batting .418 with nine home runs, 32 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases ... Had 49 hits that season, the second-highest total in school history ... Helped the team to a league championship and a spot in the Central Coast Section championship game ... Batted .432 his junior year when the team won the CCS title.
Personal: Travis Claiborne Willson ... Born 10/7/85 in Virginia Beach, VA ... Son of Frank Willson and Cindy Willson Sedan ... Enrolled in sociology.