RANKINGS: Rated the No. 35 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 38 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Listed as the No. 94 offensive tackle in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 138 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 48 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 158 offensive tackle in the country, the No. 229 player in his region and the No. 46 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on July 22, 2011 … A member of the PrepStar All-Atlantic Region squad … A first-team All-Commonwealth District selection as an offensive lineman as a senior … Named first-team all-Fredericksburg area by The Free Lance-Star … Player host was Griffin Hite … Recruited by Bud Foster.

PERSONAL: Born 9/15/93 in Bethesda, MD … Son of John and Chris Taraschke … Has a younger brother and two younger sisters … Contemplated major is business.