2015 Center Brian Chaffin Talks Hokies and His Recruitment

I had the pleasure of speaking with 6-2, 280 pound 2015 center / offensive lineman Brian Chaffin from Charlotte, North Carolina (Charlotte Christian) about his recruitment. Brian is considering Virginia Tech as well as scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina State, UNC, UNC Charlotte, Mississippi State, Cal, Northwestern, and Marshall. Brian told me he's going to take as many visits as he can to the schools that have offered him, do his due diligence, try to narrow his list of schools in May before making his decision in June. Because Brian's answers were insightful and detailed, I'm posting this Q&A style.

What's your favorite lift and what's your max?

Squat, and I max at 520. I just like how it translates to the field, that power and explosion really translates to playing offensive line. Quick hips, powerful hips, that's important. It's a good feeling after you squat—you feel like you're accomplished.

As center, is it your responsibility to make the line calls for the rest of the offensive line?

I take care of everything, slides, blitzes, audibles, the whole deal. I take care of that.

If you see a blitz coming, how do you call it out?

We'll call it out to the Mike. So if it's a 4-3 we'll have our four down, plus the Mike, so then we'll just call it to the Mike, so "Mike middle," I'll take him. Then we have different calls we can make depending on what gap he's in, right or left side kind of thing.

Do you prefer to block even or odd fronts?

I think even allows to make more big plays, and I can help out. I would say even, but I don't know if I necessarily have a preference.

Heading into your senior season, what's your biggest strength on the field?

I've been blessed to have been coached by Kevin Donnalley who played in the NFL for 13 seasons, and he's been a great teacher to me, mentored me since I've been in middle school. One thing he really preaches is watching film. I'll watch a ton of film. I'll sit there and break down people just to find the little things to give me an advantage.

On the actual field itself, I would say my tenacity and athleticism. I'm going to get after you for four quarters, try to wear you down, and you're not going to want anything after fourth quarter is over

Pulling around in space is also one of my strengths.

What do you feel like you need to improve on most for your senior season and before heading to college?

This is my first year playing center actually. I played left tackle because that's what the team needed. My first two years I started, because that's what they needed. I would say, fine-tuning that center's position. I feel good where I'm at, but you can always fine-tune your game. Getting bigger, faster, stronger.

Would you like to play center in college?

I love that position, but if they need me to play guard, I'll play guard. I'll do whatever I need to do for the team.

What about VT's offensive system fits your game?

We didn't get into a whole lot of stuff, with Coach Searels being new there. What I'm going to try to do is get back up there for spring ball, sit through an o-line meeting with him, dial up some film, and talk through schemes.

What is it about Virginia Tech, whether it be the school or the football program, that might make you sign with the Hokies next February?

The academic advisor was actually nice enough to come on a Sunday and meet with me and my dad, which I thought was huge. It shows she's really committed, and academics are a big deal to me. They have a pretty good business program at Virginia Tech.

As well as the coaching staff and the players I got to meet. Very personable guys, very family oriented guys, guys you want to play for, guys you can tell are going to be good guys and treat you the right way, which is huge for me.

How did your visit to Blacksburg this past weekend go?

Great visit. I got some really good one-on-one time with Coach Shane Beamer [who offered Brian], as well as Head Coach Beamer, and that was great. I got to meet Coach Searels. Him being new, I didn't get to spend a whole lot of time with him, but it was great to meet him. I really like him alot and his philosophy on the game and coaching. So that was a big deal to me, to start building that relationship.

Is Coach Searels someone you can see yourself playing for?

Most definitely.

Brian's highlights are available on his Hudl.


Great interview joe

That is a fantastic interview, Joe!

I really like where this kid's head is. Some very thoughtful replies. I especially liked this:

What I'm going to try to do is get back up there for spring ball, sit through an o-line meeting with him, dial up some film, and talk through schemes.

He sounds like a coach on the field, and I don't think you can overestimate the value of a center with a great football IQ who can identify defensive packages and set up blocking accordingly.

Suggestion for a follow-up question: Has his dad used up his eligibility yet?

"I'm going to get after you for four quarters, try to wear you down, and you're not going to want anything after fourth quarter is over."

Obviously his film-watching isn't limited to in-game film, because that's some textbook BeamerSpeak.

Sounds exactly what Grimes was all about

Our motto bringing spirit true, that we may ever serve you

Excellent job Joe, love these new recruit interviews. Should we get our hopes up for more of these?

Don't get your hopes up, only because they're actually happening.

I'll do whatever I need to do for the team.

Sounds like a Hokie to me. I hope he finds his way to VT!

Easily my favorite quote from this guy. That kind of selfless attitude is what makes a team great.

Ut Prosim

What I noticed was offers from Cal and Northwestern. All the offers from the NC schools you would expect, but the Cal and Northwestern mean a lot...especially for a center.

Sounds like a classic, blue collar Hokie. From what I read, I really like this kid. Hopefully get chooses to be part of the Hokie nation in June!

VT 2016
Go Hokies

Thx for sharing Joe. A very nice feature you've added, direct interviews with recruits. Way to dig.
Kid looks and sounds tough. Great attitude, heads in the right place.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

Just when I think the site can't get any better, Joe goes out and actually gets to talk to recruits firsthand. Love it!

The only TKPer to not like Bourbon

Very good interview and article, thank you Joe . Now lets hope this young man becomes a Hokie.

Jack R.

Rumor has it that Joe wears clunky black frame glasses and changes in phone booths when he's not doing journalistic backflips for TKP.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

He needs to be careful about those phone booths. One of them might turn out to be a TARDIS.