If you recall in early March, during a discussion with Andy Bitter, Bud Foster noted Tech's small football staff size with regards to recruiting.
Yeah, and in my opinion, this is just my opinion, we need to catch up because of recruiting. Not so much the quality control guys and the football part of it, but in the recruiting part of it, that's where the Alabamas and even like Ole Miss, they've had the last two years, they've had two top-10 recruiting classes.
In late March, Athletic Director Whit Babcock also stated that Tech's staff is "a little lean" and he added positions for recruiting.
Director of Player Personnel for Football in the Athletics Department (with memberships in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference). This position is a 12-month full-time professional faculty appointment. This position reports directly to the Associate Athletics Director for Football Operations. Will coordinate daily recruiting operational and logistical processes within the football program.
Director of High School Relations for Football in the Athletics Department (with memberships in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference). This position is a 12-month full-time professional faculty appointment. This position reports directly to the Director of Player Personnel for Football. Responsible for assisting with all on campus football recruiting efforts.
Additional staff support will most definitely help Beamer Co. remain competitive on the recruiting trail, while freeing up extra cycles for the on-the-field coaches. Read another quote from Foster to Bitter and it's easy to see why.
"And they're [Ole Miss] making quality time for the coaches. Instead of the coaches trying to coach, trying to recruit, trying to ... we're wearing so many hats. Plus, trying to prepare or trying to get kids on the phone. There are only so many hours in the day. And that's what I was interested in. What are some things that you feel like are from an infrastructure standpoint allowing you to be successful? And I think they've done a great job here the last couple years. They won seven games the first year and eight games last year? They beat LSU. Theyre competitive. And they were able to sign a couple of the No. 1 kids in the country at a couple of positions.
As I wrote in March, Hokies 2.0 is happening, and it's an exciting time.