OF NOTE: Enrolled in January after graduating from high school early.
RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 29 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Listed as the No. 28 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 19 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 14 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 10 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 86 defensive end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 34 defensive end in the country, the No. 45 player in his region and the No. 14 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 4/21/2012 … Missed most of his senior season with a broken foot … Was invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, but couldn’t play due to injury … The district’s defensive player of the year as a junior … Named first-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star his junior year … The district’s defensive player of the year as a junior … Named first-team all-area by The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and first-team all-state …Threw the shot put and discus on the track team, advancing to regionals both years … Played two years of ultimate frisbee as a forward, helping the team win the district title his sophomore year … Recruited by Bud Foster.
PERSONAL: Born 7/18/96 in Carmichaels, PA … Son of John and Valerie Mihota … His older brother, Anthony, was a starting center for Virginia’s football team … Has a younger brother, Louis … Father was a Division III All-American at IUP and brother was an All-ACC selection … Majoring in mathematics.
WHY HE CHOSE TECH: “Of all my options, I thought Virginia Tech would be the best fit for me. The whole place just seems like a great family. The football atmosphere was great, and all the alumni love football. They have the major that I wanted, which is mechanical engineering, and it’s one of the best programs in the country. It’s close enough to home that my family can come and see me play. I just feel comfortable around everyone there.”