April 2017 Recruiting Thread

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The Elite11 produced a two-minute video interview with 2018 Virginia Tech QB commit Quincy Patterson.

This was a 3 minute video, but they sped his voice up to make it under the 2:20 time limit /s

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Is he actually one of the 11 or is he one of the several dozen QB's invited to the 'finalist' camps that the actual Elite 11 are then picked from?

edit: answered my own question. He's been invited to the Elite 11 Finals which consists of 24 players. The "Elite 11" (sometimes 12) are selected from this group.

Elite 11 Finals

The "Elite 11" (sometimes 12) are selected from this group.

So it's more like the Big Ten than the Big 12. Gotcha.

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Or is it more like the Big East, where no one really knows who was invited, people keep showing up and leaving, and then finally a group of players just leave and start their own competition?

A couple of tidbits I hadn't seen posted on TKP:

  • We made the top 10 for 5* DE KJ Henry from NC. Not holding my breath on it but you never know.
  • Had a recent visit from 2019 DE Brandon Smith from Mineral, VA. I didn't realize he is as highly ranked but his 247 composite has him as a 4* with a score of .9574. He's currently the 106 ranked player in the 2019 class. That would be a great pick-up.
  • Seems like another big recruiting weekend in store this weekend. Maybe the biggest I have heard of is 4* LB Payton Wilson from NC. Crystal balls heavily favor UNC, but apparently he likes CBF and this is his last visit before he announces his commitment on May 1st. Also, 3* CB Rayshad Williams is set to visit this weekend. We are in the top 2 for him with Tenn. Would be interesting to have a 6'4" CB.

I know there are other recruits coming but can't remember off the top of my head. I would love to pick up some new commits as the HS Spring break visits start to wind down. Happy TKPing!

Wilson is so big. I like Fuente's odds to sway him. At least enough to delay his decision. Just showing any tape from Tremaine should show Wilsons potential for us.

How are we feeling about our chances with Dax these days?

Heavy VT lean but he is taking the Hunter path and is gonna enjoy the ride. Got to keep showing him love

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taking the Hunter path

Everyone can take the Hunter path if we get the Hunter result.

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after seeing and talking with DH7 that dude was NEVER not going to tech. hes all in on VT. I really like everything about the kid. hes so excited and proud to be a hokie. I hope more kids from VA can follow in his footsteps.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Thanks, good info. Glad to see we are getting into the mix with a lot of these kids.

Just saw that 4* ATH Tre Turner is visiting on Tuesday. An earlier article said he would visit along with CB DJ Crossen and unoffered 6'5" WR Nigel Fitzgerald. Nigel and Crossen were HS teammates of Hooker. Turner and Crossen are both apparently close with Mook. Hope this turns into something good...

Also, I'm trying to contain my excitement about our possible receiver class for 2019. BAG said somewhere that we would be going after size this class and it seems like it might be working. Here are some receivers that we are in the lead for:

4* Tre Turner (ATH/WR) 6'4"
4* Dillon Spalding 6'2"
4* Dyami Brown (ATH/WR) 6'2"
3* Kyle Pitts (TE) 6'5"
3* James Mitchell (TE/WR) 6'4"
3* Armani Chatman 6'0"

Pair those guys with Pimpleton running around in the middle creating havoc and we could have a fun offense to watch...

That'd be quite a sight. Hope we can get some of these tall guys.

wonder if Nigel's going to be 6'8 like Buckly /S

The potential is impressive, but remember in a recruiting class you get 1/3 studs, 1/3 contributors, and 1/3 duds. I didn't believe it to be true, but it seems to hold water. I hope we see better stud development and less duds.

the Fla T/U looked at its top 100 over the course of several years and it was almost exactly 1/3; 1/3; 1/3.

But, but how big are their hands?

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Dyami Brown is a MUST. Not only is he a stud, but his younger brother Khafre Brown is a top 10 RB in the 2019 class.

Jamal Elliott and James Mitchell visiting today with Tre Turner on Tuesday. All important and good to see we are getting this talent regularly through blacksburg.

perfect weather weekend too! Mother nature is smiling on fuente

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Not sure how much we are really in the fight for KJ Henry, I know we made his top 10, but with Xavier Thomas committing to Clemson that could possibly help our chances. Can't say for sure though, perhaps they sell them on being the next great DE tandem and it actually helps Clemson land him, who knows, too soon to tell.

I would be surprised but not shocked. I've heard he likes Bud, and if defensive coaching is high on his priority list that gives us a huge advantage. I'm trying to stay calm and not get too hopeful, but he would be such a great recruit, his film is fun to watch.

Agreed. I feel like depth and competition might play into it as well. I'm not sure what UNCheat has at the backer spots but after some of the guys we picked up last year and depending on what Dax does that could play into his decision more in the long run...

Also I noticed that 247 has a countdown for his commitment set for 3 weeks from now. Regardless of what he chooses (way too much time for a flip) I'm hopeful that UNCheat will completely screw the pooch this Fall and some of the guys that are looking at them and us (ie. Wilson, Turner, Dax, etc) will recognize them as the eternal basketball school that they are. As much as I want a little better competition in the Coastal I would rather all the NC schools crash an burn so we can mop up their recruticorns. Besides I think we'll have our hands plenty full with Miami over the next several years.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Would like our odds more if we'd have more success with LBs getting drafted. Maybe Maine can start a trend.

Yep, unfortunately this is an easy place for opposing coaches to point. Clemson's best selling points on defense are "look how many guys we've sent to the NFL the last three years from all three levels of our defense" and it's paying off on the recruiting trail. They've landed 5 stars at all three levels in the last few years and are continuing to do so. I do think Tremaine will get drafted pretty high so that should help start the trend.

One thing in our favor against UNC is that they have a new DC so claiming any past success at the position can be easily countered.

Teradja Mitchell. Thoughts, expectations? The guy hits like a freight train.

247 has him as a heavy FSU lean with Ohio State following.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck, don't ever come on my show and talk about your football." - Colin Cowherd

He's not coming . We are going after Dax

He kind of strikes me as the Khalan Laborn of this year's class; 757, blue chip recruit, tech people think he would make perfect sense to come to VT, but never really shows us much interest. I don't think we made his last top-whatever list.

While I would love to start keeping the top talent like him in-state, if we can land at least 2 of the following LBs; Payton Wilson, Dax Hollifiled, Alan Tisdale, Keshon Artis I think we will be in a good position going forward (especially with the LB group we pulled in last year).

Tajh capehart...enough said. We aren't getting anyone from Bishop Sullivan.

At least for a couple years until Tahj can be used as a cautionary tale for what happens when you do silly things, like committing to UMd.

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I assumed the Bishop Sullivan thing had something to do with it but I was hopeful someone would say different.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck, don't ever come on my show and talk about your football." - Colin Cowherd

It isn't that though. Mitchell was a FSU lean for a long long time before the Cape thing happened and never gave us much of a look. Now OSU is in the mix, but either way, he was never a VT kid to get. The bishop sullivan thing can be saved for when we miss other recruits.

Like Tank?

No, "miss" is describing it too nicely.

That kid committed way to early. Then things went awry with Capehart.

I can't imagine being a high school kid and committing when he did. That's too early to be making such decisions. I realize it happens all the time, but I don't have to agree with it.

Definitely committed to VT early, but also referred to VT as his "dream school".

Does anyone know if VT is taking a look at Beck over at Blacksburg? He's been picking up some offers, most recently Boston College.

Wondered about that as well. His teammate and C/O 2019 athlete Tiquest Terry just recently got an offer from UVA. Beck isn't extremely shifty or big but his straight line speed is top notch and he runs hard. Terry IMO is the better prospect because he has that short area quickness and twitch. He's smaller than Beck, probably a step slower in a straight line race. Both fantastic football players who I wish well with college endeavors.

Agree with all of this. Got to watch them some my senior year, but Beck really burst on the scene this past season.

I could see Beck as a really great slot receiver. If he can get the ball with some open space, he will be dangerous every single play. Terry looks like a David Wilson Lite with how shifty he is and how athletic he is. I really hope Fuente give them both a good look.

This is a little off topic for this thread, but I was looking at 2019 recruits last night and I found my favorite...4* ATH/S from Alexandria, VA Litchfield Ajavon. He is my favorite because 1) his name is Litchfield, b) he has a strong mustache game, and iii) he hits like a truck. I couldn't believe this kid is a Sophomore, he looked more like a Senior playing with the JV squad. Here's to hoping we can keep this kid in VA.

Also in the awesome name competition for next year we have offered Hogwarts professor Quavaris Crouch, and the Three Muskateers Tayvion, Traveon, and Savion.

Not to be outdone, there are also some fantastic names in the 2018 class. Two of my favorites are Mr. Kavosiey Smoke, and my personal favorite, Bumper Pool (how have we not offered this kid?) Parents are awesome.

(as an aside, I mean no disrespect to these kids joking about their names...my middle name is Fehlber, so I have endured my share of ridicule)

Mr T. and Bust Rhymes heartily endorse Mr. Kavosiey Smoke.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

And his passing!

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I was really hoping Savion's last name was Blanc.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinsku, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

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I believe Clemson is the favorite. It is great to get him on campus though. I wish Hunter was there today too.

I'm hoping that we wear the Hokie Stone unit for a game or two this fall. Recruits love them

ESPN updated their rankings, and the Hokies already have 3 top 300 commits. For context, we had 2 for the 2017 class.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

5* RB Devyn Ford will be at Tech today

Keep calm, Gobble on

He would be an awesome get. Watching his tape is like watching Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl...

Must... not... over analyze....

Too late...

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5* Devyn Ford is at Tech and then this happens?!

oh pls oh pls oh pls oh pls oh pls

no kidding, i'm pretty sure I peed myself when I put two and two together on that

Insider on another site says its not him though :(

I mean you don't have to give information from behind a paywall if you know who... buttttt if you happen to know a specific person who may be is visiting this weekend and that may or may not be the commit in question that would be fine.

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MRW I read it wasn't Ford

6'2" 209 lb WR transfering from Ball State to VT.

Looks like he played as a true freshman last year, so he would have to sit out a year.

247 Recruit Page: http://247sports.com/player/damon-hazelton-68125
ESPN Recruit Page with some drill times (4.73 forty): http://www.espn.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/combine/_/...

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Alright, alright, I'll take another body at WR.

Edit: what he said about sitting out

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Someone tell me how I feel about this. As of this moment I am let down because I was expecting a flashy recruit (as all irrational reactions to vague good news tweets should be).

Generally, transfer like this mean the kid was either lowly recruited out of high school, went to a mid major, proved he could play and wants to go prove himself at the next level. Had he wanted to play, he could have just dropped to JUCO or 1-AA, but the transfer straight to Big Boy football is a good sign. 51 catches at any school is great, especially in only 9 games or so. He'll have a year to develop in our system and seems a good prospect.

Always choose joy.

It's whelming.

Future DT?

Maybe the other CB predictions made along with Joe will come true as well. I get the sense we could see another one by the end of the week. Any other speculators?

Tisdale

Visitors for spring game?

Alim McNeil 4* DT from Raleigh NC visiting also Trent Pennix 3* Ath from Raleigh.
#NC2VT

Couldn't make the spring game today unfortunately but I hope we win some recruiting battles today and our guys show that they have developed physically and as football players this spring. I pray that no players get in trouble for alcohol, drugs, or anything else this coming week...

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

should we expect any commitments today?

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." - Lee Corso

#3 player in VA Nana Asiedu committed to PSU today.

It's also interesting to note in looking at the responses to the tweet a lot of PSU fans were using the hashtag #VA2PSU. I don't really keep up with the twitterverse (as I don't have a twitter) but I'm guessing a lot of schools must be using the (other state)2(our school) moniker as well.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

He was considered a huge Clemson lean. This makes our hopes for Devyn Ford a bit better as PSU will have a crowded backfield and his tie to Clemson will be lessened.

This is good news for that reason. Asiedu to Clemson would make it that much tougher to get Ford.

FWIW sounds like Ford doesn't want to go the same school that Slade does, but doubt Penn State really recruits him anyway.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

If we don't improve OL recruiting no elite RB is going to come here.

Listened to XM college yesterday and a Hokie fan called into talk to a panel of recruit experts they had. He asked why VT struggled so much in recruiting OL, the panel said it's the hardest position to recruit when your not a blue blood, it costs the most to evaluate and recruit an OL, and they have the most busts. It's not an easy turnaround.

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By the numbers it should cost the most. More OL on the field than any other position unless we are playing 5 DBs. We just don't get enough offers out early enough and I don't know what our pitch to them is, but it isn't resonating. I can imagine our scheme and lack of dedication to the run game also could not be a major draw to top tier OL as well.

I do agree it's a hard position to recruit, but doesn't mean we shouldn't be doing everything we can to figure out how we can improve there. This can, and hopefully is, already being done but we aren't seeing the results as of yet.

It costs the most because most coaches won't offer an OL without seeing them in person thus more travel, more camps to get kids to come to, more staff spending time to watch film.

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I think that's our approach, but don't think that is "most" coaches. A ton of the staffs that recruit much better than us offer without seeing them and offer earlier but they are just contingent offers and don't become firm until they come to a camp or visit. We haven't adopted that model.

100000000% agree

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I'm guessing a lot of schools must be using the (other state)2(our school) moniker as well.

But.... but remember how all those VA high school coaches hated us using NC2VT and it would hurt us recruiting their schools?.....

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247 Write-up on the DC Opening

So 247 posted this article yesterday on The DC Opening. One new name in particular caught my eye (at least new to me). Chris Tyree, an all purpose back from VA in the 2020 class, ran a 4.47 laser timed 40. Yep you heard me right. HE IS A FRESHMAN. Here's what 247 had to say about him...

NEXT FIVE OFFENSE

1. Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale 2020 running back Chris Tyree ran the fastest 40-time at the event, a laser-timed 4.47. Combine that with the elusiveness we saw in cat and mouse, a smooth, very shifty playmaker that will be one of the country's most highly-recruited prospects in his class. Tyree grew up liking Virginia Tech, was recently offered by Florida State and visited Maryland on Saturday.

According to 247 he's been sitting on an offer from us for almost a year already. Something tells me we'll be following his recruitment Devon Hunter style over the next several years.

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while I'll mention it on the recruiting thread I thought it could go here too

Hmmm, interesting quote from the post you linked to.

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So 247 posted this article yesterday on The DC Opening and I while I'll mention it on the recruiting thread I thought it could go here too.

He said he was going to do it. Some people may only read one of the other. Just collapse it if you've read it.

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Dyami Brown just committed to UNC. We were thought to lead as recently as a week ago.

I saw he tweeted out a top 5 earlier today so now he has tweeted out his commitment?

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Well shit

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with that "top five" he included a message thanking them for their interest and then said he'd be committing to... and posted his commitment 5 hours later.

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I guess they convinced him that there would be no NCAA sanctions coming their way for at least 4 or 5 more years.

Pretty safe bet.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Yeah, their oldest, un-punished violation is older than he is, so I'm not sure it takes much convincing

Maybe they'll just admit some more stuff, to reset the clock again.

That just might be crazy enough to work.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Not a good start for NC2VT, especially when Wilson looks to go that way in a week too.

Need to lock up guys like Tre Turner, DJ Crossen, Alim McNeil, and Alan Tisdale to help strengthen our chances with a guy like Dax.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Yeah no kidding. Not loving our recruiting momentum right now, I would have loved to at least have one or two guys commit at the spring game.

I still holding out hope that the fighting Fedoras will take a nosedive this season and we can see some de-commitments/momentum shifts come mid fall.

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We have already seen one haven't we?

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Yea D.J. Crossen, but I don't want to see just a little damage, I want to see the walls come tumbling down.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

"Cool! A bunch of new posts on the recruiting thread! Maybe football is on the verge of some possible good news like basketball. Lets check it o...."

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Just got a new CB for Alan Tisdale. Ross Martin, UNC Insider. 131 / 188 69.68%.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them. Go Virginia Tech." -Lee

Man, that guy's an athlete. Would be cool having him flying around
back there with all our other guys.

I know. And after losing Brown yesterday, I think we need him to jump start the #NC2VT campaign.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them. Go Virginia Tech." -Lee

For anyone who thinks we got it bad, Oklahoma just lost an in state legacy to Texas who grew up as a Sooners fan with his whole family being Sooners. Oklahoma who just had back to back top 5 finishes, lost to Texas who has back to back losing seasons.

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The recruiting staff does various image edits for prospects. Quincy Patterson tweeted out a graphic of him getting drafted by Seattle, showing VT as his college, him in uniform, etc. It's just a push by VT to get the kids excited about possibilities for their futures and make them feel special.

Maybe we'll have the same result as Quincy. Visited recently as well. We need some momentum.

Lol at the Deadskins.

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This is suggesting the Redskins are gonna have a rough 2020 season haha

Yea that's what I was loling at.

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Seems like they try to put whoever the recruit's favorite team is picking them at #1. The best part is that in all the edits, Cleveland is shown to have the #2 pick on the bottom ticker.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

Have to make it somewhat realistic

As a Browns fan I am finding these far too realistic.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

You assume last place. But, maybe the Redskins are instead a fringe playoff level team and simply trading their first round pick of the 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and the 7th round pick of 2026 to get this pick. Seems about right.

🦃 🦃 🦃

Nah, last place.

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ugh, with Kirk probably leaving after next season, if he isn't traded before, this could be a very accurate premonition lol

-Skins fan

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The screen with Kam on the left is a nice touch

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He signed a partial scholarship with Virginia Tech coaches indicating he would be re-evaluated for a full scholarship during his second semester,

Umm what?

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maybe the author doesn't know what "preferred walk-on" means?

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CFB would say this: If he works really hard he has a chance to be OK

I now desire a new trick play. Sanders fields a punt and Tim settle is back to block. Sanders jumps on Settle's back and the other team in unable to find Sanders. Casually stroll in for touchdown.

It's foolproof.

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Still got 20 pounds on pimpleton

Interesting player - going to check out Hudl.

Calling this guy a WR is underselling him a bit. Check out his stats:
This past season, Sanders accounted for 313 points (42 TDs, 3 field goals, 52 point after kicks), while amassing 2,182 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing, averaging 167.9 yards per game. He also caught 16 passes for 479 yards with six touchdowns and completed 7-of-8 passing with two touchdowns, playing quarterback during the later part of the season and in the playoffs.

"On defense, he was involved in 24 tackles and had four interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown. In the kicking game, he converted 3-of-3 field goals, including a last play game-winning 47 yarder to beat New Brockton, and made 52-of-53 extra point kicks, while also averaging 39.2 yards per punt. He also returned one kickoff for a touchdown."

Dare I say he might be even MORE versatile than Sam MF Rogers?

Those are the kindsa stats that would have Frank Beamer beaming ear-to-ear

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Dare I say he might be even MORE versatile than Sam MF Rogers?

Sam's probably like - You talkin' about me?

I'll see you...

Run to Win. Pass To Score

Man. That block at the 2:40 mark of his Hudl tape. I hope that guy got up.

Man, getting a kid with that much production is a win. Best case scenario, he's the next great VT walk-on turned All ACC stud. Worst case scenario, he doesn't work out and we don't lose a scholarship. That's exciting.

Can we flip this kid please? Small school kid, outside of Lynchburg, Dogwood district (same as Edmunds brothers). Play #2 on his tape is against James Mitchell, whose very highly recruited. The kid is Adonis Alexander part two IMO. Been committed to NC State since last May when they were first school to offer him.

De'Von Graves Junior Highlights

A lot of people think he's a serious flip candidate.

I think he is a must get for the class. Seems like a perfect VT corner and he's as local as VT can get. With his size and speed he could get some serious pt year one with Facyson, Stroman and possibly Adonis gone.

Edit... I was wrong in area and even if my sources were from outside of the paywalls of other site, it was shared there as well I am wrong for sharing this information. I apologize and will be more discrete to ensure I do not cross the lines of hard working individuals who are paid for information like this.

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Saw them both play last season and was most impressed with Sabias Folley.

As a sophomore, the kid is big! Runs low and with power. Changes directions well and has good speed for his size. The times I saw him, he straight wore down opposing defenses. He is the reason anyone else on that offense has success.

My only concern is that these guys might not play against a single D1 athlete the entire season, which would be one reason they look so good on Friday nights.

Is it football season yet?

Luke Tenata (Western Albemarle) has MAC offers at 6'7 250. Brandon Smith (Louisa) has a handful of P5 offers(including VT) and is 4* by 247. Folley had 200 and 5 TDs against Louisa with Smith playing MLB. Had 140, 2 TDs against Western. Harrisonburg QB AC White has an ODU offer. Greg Sizemore(DE/LB) of William Monroe is PWO at Pitt this fall. Dominion had UVa commit Tommy Christ (OL-DL). We play the first 3 guys again this year. IF we make the playoffs, we are in the same region as Blacksburg with both Beck & Terry having P5 offers. Might end up playing them.

You make sure you come check us out again this fall, we're preparing for a special season.

Good stuff!
I've seen most of these teams play, and I realize there are a few P5 offers, but I'm not terribly sure all of those are legitimate P5 football players (a couple of names on that list sick out as definitely not being P5 football players).

My post was certainly not meant to be negative in any way towards the two kids from C'ville. I saw them both play and was most impressed by the big sophomore!

Good luck this season!

Is it football season yet?

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A local coach shared similar information about local VT recruiting and I worded it very similar to a post behind a paywall. I don't want people to think I steal content from beyond paywalls so I took it down.

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seems unnecessary, but your call

There's been a decent amount of offers made in the last few days. Here's a compilation from 247. The ones I am most excited about are 6'4" WR Donte Demus from DC (a Maryland lean) and DT Jamion Franklin (Notre Dame lean). I guess that's what we get for coming late to the party, but who knows what will happen.

Also intrigued by 2019 QB Jalon Jones, DE Jaevon Becton, and 2019 OG Caedan Wallace.

Lastly, we don't seem to have anywhere near the momentum I was hoping for wrapping up our Spring practices. Seems like we are still in a good place with a lot of recruits, but I'm definitely worried the most about our line on both sides of the ball. I'm hoping we can land some quality commits over the next few months, then hope for another head turning year in the fall to get some guys to believe in the direction of our team. In Fuente I trust.

It may seem as if momentum is non-existent simply because recruits may be waiting to see if last year was a fluke, or if we are truly heading in the right direction. If I were a 17 year old recruit, I'd wait until the fall to really gauge it anyways.

-@no1hokie86

but I want something new to be excited about NOW!!!

(disclaimer: I don't do well with the offseason).

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Bartow on twitter said Hokies now lead for 4 star Jamal Elliott. Coming off spring game visit to Oregon. Guess they didn't impress him...

247 has Oregon at 78% and Tennessee at 22%.

I hope Bartow (I don't know who he is) is correct.

Committed to Oregon.

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Shoot, I forgot what thread we were in so I thought this comment was about MJ Walker for Buzzketball and I was all like

Oregon's class went from 80th to 15th this past weekend, talk about a strong weekend.

Seriously, they got 6 commits, 5 of which were 4*s...I would love to have heard what their weekend/recruiting pitch entailed.

I'm sure it entailed a lot of cool Nike stuff and dope facilities. A few friends of mine toured their facilities and they said it was absolutely absurd how awesome it was.

I read an article where Oregon actively recruits its dance and cheerleading squads, even having some on scholarship.

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Pshhhh at UMBC we recruit a chess team and have them on scholarship.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

That's some solid 5-star recruiting there.

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

Hes a 247 national recruiting insider. Also holds a 81% accuracy in 2016.

That would a pleasant surprise but not hopeful.

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Who's the favorite?

I think it goes North Carolina and OSU in the air with VT close behind. Haven't heard alot of love for Clemson

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I gave up on being upset about confusing recruiting choices long ago. UNC has little to offer defensively right now and with Fedora likely to bolt at some point, it just doesn't make much sense but to each his own. There's lots of reasons to make a college choice beyond those two I listed.

School with pending (supposedly) NCAA punishment whose DC just bailed and whose head coach was actively petitioning for another job last year (Baylor, reportedly) and you're telling me a blue chip linebacker is sold on the school? This makes zero sense to me.

Sorry, I have not given up being irritated by confusing recruit decisions.

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To be more honest, it irritates me initially, I just am a little quicker to get over it these days. It varies defending on the prospect though. I didn't follow this one closely so it's not hitting home as hard. I don't get it at all, but then again, I don't understand a lot of recruit decisions.

It's also still pretty early. I've mentioned it several times but I'm hopeful that UNCheat is a total dumpster fire this year and sometime midseason guys like Brown and Wilson (probably) will recognize the mistakes that they are making.

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Unfortunately the CBs seem to tell the story this time.

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All 12 CB predictions on 247 are for UNCheat...

Eh he's looking at the UNCheat logo. That's a dead giveaway every time.

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Man among boys

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https://n.rivals.com/news/rivals250-lb-payton-wilson-choosing-between-cl...

I know this is last minute but Rivals did an insightful interview with Wilson a few days ago...

"There are a few things I'm really considering," Wilson said. "The depth chart is a big thing. I don't want to sit on the bench until my junior year. Relationships with the coaches are important and so is where my heart is leading me, where I feel at home."

North Carolina- "I like everything about North Carolina," said Wilson. "I like coach JP a lot. He's one of my favorite coaches and we have a really good relationship. Coach Ekeler is new there but I really like him. I have a really good relationship with some of the guys over there and I just feel like UNC has a lot of potential over the upcoming years. Jonah Melton, Jake Lawler, and Mike Carter are all recruiting me pretty hard."

Virginia Tech- "Coach Bud Foster comes down this way a lot and one of his good friends is close with my family," Wilson said. "He's one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation. He's been there for 30-years or so and coach Fuente has a lot of energy. He wants to stay at Virginia Tech and that's really good for me."

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...All four teams would love to land Wilson's commitment and mold him into a star but it will be hard for the other three teams to pull Wilson away from the Tar Heels. He has the best relationships and can get on the field the fastest in Chapel Hill. It would be surprising if Wilson doesn't take more visits after his commitment so recruitment won't necessarily be over.

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If depth is the main concern he will prob start earlier at NC . I don't see him coming here especially with all the crystal balls pointing to NC

Based on my #hatlogic, I'd say he is picking Clemson. Clemson is the only Nike-brand hat on the table. We'll see if it holds.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

I mean if early playing time is more important to him than anything else I guess it makes sense.

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Not really. There's a good chance tremaine leaves after this year. If not almost definitely the next. He easily could have got time quick

No it still does. Even with Tremaine leaving he still has an easier road at UNC, and you're not considering the incoming Freshmen or the other bigger time potential LB's we're looking at in this class.

Now I'm not saying I think he made the best decision it's just that UNC offers the easiest road to early playing time between the 4 that he chose from today.

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you're not considering the incoming Freshmen or the other bigger time potential LB's we're looking at in this class.

No I am. Wilson is a guy that could come in and play with any of the guys we have. Guy is a beast. That's what getting top 100 recruits does. There are no bigger time LBs we are looking at in this class. Dax is on par but he is at mike. I don't buy the early playing time because this dude could get that pretty much anywhere that isn't OSU/Bama. He's just too emotionally attached to UNC, which you'd expect growing up 20 mins away.

Dont forget we recruited some good LB in the 2017 class. Rivers and Griffin plus depending where Proctor and Garbutt fall.

I don't know about that. Motu is graduating and Tremaine could very well declare for the draft after this season. Then he's just competing with 2016 & 2017 signees.

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Yea but UNC's LB core is a dumpster fire. Those 2016 and 2017 signees alone make us more competitive at LB than UNC.

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he's from the chapel hill area

Shoot. Would have loved to have this kid, but give us Dax, Artis, and Tisdale and I think we will be just fine. Still hope UNC is a dumpster fire next year and we can flip some of their guys though...

Dax has been getting some CB to USCjr the last few weeks.

I've seen some of that stuff, I'm waiting for our sources guys' opinions once we get a little farther along in the cycle.

Dax is a kid that we have to get. He has been a big VT lean for a while and it will be disappointing if the staff doesn't close.

"Spending time with my family over Christmas is really important to me. I wanted to pick a school where I wouldn't have to worry about missing out on the trip because of a bowl game and I figured that when those post season bans finally hit, UNC will check this box much more than any other school that offered me."

What I heard.

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Uhh UVA has that plus locked up, UNcheat may never meet that criteria.

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Not quite April, but TOS saying that Ellis decommited from us :(

Around signing day he was tweeting about how he couldn't wait to sign with us next year. Oh well, I hope we can still land him but I have no clue honestly.

Dejuan Ellis has decommitted? Anyone know why?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I can only hope it is not because the negativity and shade he saw Hokie "fans" throwing at Jerod all over social media.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

I'm not all over social media. Was it really that bad? I've easily seen 20 comments on TKP complaining about this to every one true negative comment. We get it, people are assholes. Why don't you go tell the assholes to stop it? It seems like you are doing a whole lot of preaching to the choir over here.

It wasn't bad. It was people tweeting him saying he should have stayed in school.

It is the problem with social media. People say stuff without thinking about it. It was really unnecessary to even reply to Jerod's tweet.

The whole thing was making a mountain out of a mole hill and I am sure that the decommit has very little to do with this. College fanbases all over the country say stupid crap on social media.

The way he worded his tweet makes it sound like he may not want to be a QB. I wonder if wants to be a WR or RB.

Do you think we'd recruit him still as an athlete for a non-QB position?

Because he's good and that's what good recruits do?

/jumps off ledge

I mentioned it on the other thread but assuming we are still looking to take 2 QBs I wonder if we'll go back after Joyner. It may be too late though and he may be too much of a USCjr lean.

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