Salem quarterback Bucky Hodges and Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin are two highly regarded and recruited players in the 2013 cycle. Each hold numerous division I-A offers and the Hokies are in the mix to potential land both. Hodges visited Blacksburg last weekend and it seems like the 'Burg made an impression on him as he visited practice, talked with players, and faculty.
"It was a good visit. It was probably the best visit I've had up there," said Hodges. "I got to meet a whole bunch of the players. I'm starting to know some of them and I like the feel of things up there."
That's a good thing.
Thomas and back up quarterback Mark Leal spent some time with Hodges, reviewing all things related to quarterbacking in Blacksburg.
"We talked a lot. They're real good dudes. They're really down to earth guys," Bucky said. "Logan told me how it is (to be the quarterback there). You can't really go anywhere without people wanting to take pictures with you. You have to stay to yourself. You have to focus on school and football. It's real easy to get into trouble because everyone's watching you."
The quarterbacks also discussed the offensive system at Tech, which is getting an update this offseason.
"Logan told me that he's really liking the new offense. I'm liking the new offense too," Hodges admitted. "They're putting more spread stuff in the offense and going at a real fast pace this year."
Senior wide receiver Marcus Davis (Ocean Lakes) and incoming freshman running back J.C. Coleman (Oscar Smith) also spent some time with Bucky on his visit. Coleman gave Hodges some insight on what it's like to be the new "Big Man on Campus".
"He told me how it was a whole lot different from high school. He loves it. He thinks he's about to get a whole lot of playing time," Hodges explained. Coleman has moved into a battle for the second slot on the depth chart at running back as a true freshman. Getting to campus in time for Spring Camp before his first season with Hokies has been a valuable experience for J.C.
"J.C. was telling me that you have to focus on school a lot," Hodges continued. "Overall, it was a real good visit. It put them up there some more."
That's a lot of good information from Andy Hilton right there. I can't think of better players for him to have visited with, two guys at his position and J.C. Coleman, one of the best recruiters on the roster. Last year we saw Tech incorporate more spread into the overall offensive philosophy. It's the right offense to build around Logan (a kid like Bucky), our current offensive personal and the talent we're bringing in. This quote, "They're putting more spread stuff in the offense and going at a real fast pace this year," is intriguing because of rumors of a no-huddle attack in the fall.
Matt Rolin is one of the top players in Virginia. He's the younger brother of Tech freshman Scott Rolin. His grandfather played at South Carolina, so it's no surprise that Hokies and Cocks are among his favorites. Until a few days ago Rolin had just been offered by South Carolina as a tight end because he wasn't "approved" as a linebacker, now the Cocks have told him he can play either position.
USC impressed him. "It's the best visit I've been on so far," said Rolin, who has also seen Tennessee, Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Duke. "They told me I can play either linebacker or tight end. That will give me a better opportunity to get on the field early. And they said I could start on all four special teams if I come there. I really liked the campus. They have the best facilities I've seen." Rolin has more visits coming up. Monday he was set to be at Alabama, today at Florida State and Wednesday at Georgia. He is not rushing a decision. "I'll take all my visits and then get a top ten," said Rolin who added he won't make a decision until sometime during his season at the earliest.
His highlights are here.
He's tremendous in coverage/working in space, for the most part takes excellent angles to the ball and has a knack for shooting through the gap on the blitz. He'd be a great fit in Foster's defense.