August 2017 Recruiting Thread Part 1

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Saw that James Mitchell tweeted out his official scholarship offer and I've gotta say, it looks slick.

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I've counted 5 of those on twitter. So these are the guys they want signed in December right?

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Can't tell. Tech Sideline has been retweeting all of them and so far I've seen QP2, Joe Kane, Rick Sandidge, Keshon Artis, Braxton Clark, and Nasir Peoples. I think it's just common practice to get as many as you can out because Sandidge is still between like 10 schools I think.

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Most definitely nicer than the offers TimeCop used to send out.

IMHO not as nice as ECU's this year.

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Are you going to play FBS football or start your first year at Hogwarts??????

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These players are far to old to receive letters to Hogwarts. You're an embarrassment to the fan base. (/s just in case)

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First of all, props for going all out on the pirate theme.

Second, no offense to any ECU grads on here, but my understanding (albeit by way of a UNCheat grad) is that not too many football players at Eastern Carolina can even read at a college level, much less read cursive.

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Would explain how they spelled scholarship wrong

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Nice. I skimmed right past that.

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Now I can't unsee that. I really enjoyed the detail of this still the spelling mistake. Now it's all shit.... all of it. Well except the wax stamp, I'd take that in a heartbeat

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I mean I really like the intent. The pirate offer it's just like that damn pirate over NC gif. I hate it but at the same time I like it. But damn spellcheck that shit.

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And they spelled "undaunted" wrong in the first paragraph

no they didn't. you pronounce both U's...just like you do in Uumellmahaye

Not gonna lie, I have looked the whole thing over several times and I can't find it

The Mud Dogs are going to the Bourbon Bowl!!!

Right after official and before offer. Like the first thing there. Scholarhip.

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Yeah, it's spelled exactly right. The 'r' is a little hard to see but zoom in and it's there.

The Mud Dogs are going to the Bourbon Bowl!!!

And there's no 's'. Well, that is why I did terrible on the reading comp SAT 10 yrs ago

The Mud Dogs are going to the Bourbon Bowl!!!

It's okay, just remain uundaunted and you'll be fine.

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spoken like an ECU copy editor

It's part of the Pirate Code.

"S"'s are hard to come by. Save them whenever you can.

Leonard. Duh.

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Pirates should at least get the part of the word that spells out "ship" correct.

I think that's an 's' which would make the 'aarrrrhh' silent

um.. I'll see myself out...

That's a leg!

I believe scholarship is a very old wooden ship

I interviewed with ECU a few years back. They openly admitted they pushed the party/fun vibe a little too hard through the 2000 and swung much further away from academics than they planned.

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yeah but they are coached by a young Idris Elba, so they do have that going for them

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

I Googled "Scottie Montgomery Idris Elba" and was immediately taken back to TKP and the hatin' on thread from last year. I don't know how I missed that resemblance before.

Based on some of the general population students that got into Eastern Carolina from EFHS, I am not sure reading at a high school level is a firm requirement for admission for anyone.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

no offense to any ECU grads on here, but my understanding (albeit by way of a UNCheat grad) is that not too many football players at Eastern Carolina can even read at a college level, much less read cursive

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Don't worry. The current ECU team doesn't have any offense, either.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Two misspelling in that and they sent them to the recruits like that. "Scholarhip" at the top and "Uundaunted" in the 3rd line. They sent them to the recruits like that. Way to screw up a cool concept ECU.

I designed my own wedding invitations, and misspelled "marriage" since the Adobe program I was using didn't have spell-check. It was only after the wedding that I realized it. \_()_/

Ok.......how did you spell it? Was it mariage or marrage or marrige?

Mirage

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So it was correct, then?

Don't know about the spelling, but the pronunciation is kevin.

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

At first glance I thought "why is this priest at a sports bar" but those aren't TVs it's stained glass

EDIT: Damnit, beat me by 4 minutes!

Legit saw this on a wedding program last year and just about lost it

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That's what happens when you take dictation from the priest in Princess Bride.

Taylor... looking desperately...now throws it DEEP..HAS A MAN OPEN! CAUGHT! DANNY COALE! ALL THE WAY! OUT OF BOUNDS, at the three...

shit...

Taylor... looking desperately...now throws it DEEP..HAS A MAN OPEN! CAUGHT! DANNY COALE! ALL THE WAY! OUT OF BOUNDS, at the three...

You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm, second is the best, third time's a charm, and how did you not see this by the fourth post.

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For all those asking, I spelled it "marraige". My new sister-in-law let me know at the next family gathering. I'm glad she kept it to herself until then haha. I would have been so embarrassed if she had told me before the wedding.

My middle name was misspelled on our wedding announcements.

30 years later she still swears I proofed the announcements...

To be fair, it would be strange to mess up marriage before the wedding.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

love that they underlined Uundaunted

intentional, or an artifact from spell check?

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Where is Lawson?!

YOU!

Thank God comic sans has been axed....

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I mean I've seen teams suck before, but that was the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Haven't heard much about this guy. Is he a priority or will his offer be a casualty of a quickly growing class?

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Can't answer your question but the use of the squirt gun for Texas Tech is on point.

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Hes not picking us. We only got one emoji

But it's the turkey emoji, which is the one that matters.

He's coming home!

Anybody know how Baylor has the #1 class on 247 sports now? They have 2 5 stars with ridiculous grades 1.6220 and 1.2872...that can't be right!

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

They fucked something. A 1.00 would be the highest score a recruit could get it he was evaluated #1 across the board by all services. I'm not seeing any 5* in their 2018 commit class right now and they have an average recruit ranking of .9265 when the highest ranking I can see is a .9069.

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Bonus points for no arrest record prior to arrival.

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Must be all that AP football they're playing.

Jordan McFadden offered by Clemson... "dream school"

Keep calm, Gobble on

Look out.....

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

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Buckle up boys. This one is about to get bumpy.

but he didn't push VT into the pool....

Was he at the BBQ? Hopefully he has already integrated himself into the Hokie family and stays in the family.

*cough*

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Please don't be insufferable when this news hits the public. I'm happy for him but don't gloat too much.

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Here we gooooooo....

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Not sure if this means we have good news coming or bad news...

Cole Beck got an offer.

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Oooooh shit

So I guess Cole Becks skill set is a good match for CJF after all. But then again, everyone had already agreed with that fact for some time now.

CB's are pouring in already. That was quick.

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Wow. All this from one little cough

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Beck got his offer

Keep calm, Gobble on

Honestly not happy about it. Happy for the kid and everything but VT looks bad for stringing along this kid in their back yard and then offering relatively late in the process. We should either offer him early on or not at all. Hope he picks VT but disagree with the staff's approach here.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

Why? The coaches wanted to see something from him, they have seen it and the offer comes in. I'm happy to see a staff that doesn't offer to offer the local kid or the highly rated kid. What the point of offering a kid to not have him play a role for the team?

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I would've been fine if they offered him immediately after he camped. You're telling me that it took them 2 months to evaluate his most recent camp performance?

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

He has done other camps since then, Tech coachs I would assume have also been talking to him in person. Again I'd rather Fuente and Co offer because they want a kid not just because he goes to the local high school.

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VT coaches didn't go down to other schools' camps to evaluate him. This is the exact same approach that cost us Becton last year. Becton grew up a massive VT fan and we slowplayed him to the point where we couldn't come back from it. We hit it out of the park during his last visit and it still wasn't enough. If we had let him come on board early in the process he would've been a Hokie. I fear that the same will happen with Beck.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

I'm watching video of Beck at JMU camp on my iPad right now, the coaches can do the same thing.

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Of course they can, but what does that camp video show them that's different from his highlight tape? It's been stated time and time again that the reason they didn't offer hm was because they wanted to see him do specific things in camp and that when that time came, he didn't perform up to their standards.

Do you really think they watched that JMU for tape for the first time today and offered him off of it? I guarantee that they watched all of his different videos the day after they came out at the latest. They've had more eyes on him than any staff in the country, and were able to form an opinion much faster than every other staff in the country.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
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And that opinion was

We aren't ready yet to offer him

Now they are and he has his offer.

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And that's exactly my point. Why does a staff that is 2 miles away from where a prospect plays need so much time to evaluate and offer him? Be confident in your initial evaluations and don't seem throw out a seemingly desperate offer. Optics matter in situations like this. If you actually want him on your football team, offer him when it's prudent.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
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You don't really have a point and sounds like you have been in LA too long and need to just chill and be happy for the kid! As I mentioned below, you don't know what has been going on behind the scenes with this kids recruitment. So give it a rest for goodness sakes! He had an offer and that's good enough for most Hokies!

Life's short, If you dont do it, somebody else will.

I'm extremely happy for the kid and as I've said in this thread and in many other, I want him in a VT uniform. My argument is that I'm afraid that we offered too late to land him. I hope I'm proven wrong but we saw this with Becton last year as well. From what I've heard we actually aren't all that confident either....

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

All of these arguments are valid - if he's bitter about being offered late, Tech offered too late then, and he'll go to another program. But if he's been working towards that Tech offer the whole time, he's got it now, four to six months before he can officially sign, and he'll be ready to roll over to campus to watch games all season and join the team as soon as he can.

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Let's face it, he's probably been talking to at least one person on the staff for quite a while and he's built up his offer list over the past five months from FCS teams to Power 5 teams. His first unofficial visit to Tech is listed as October 2016. Probably not the first time he visited /s. Someone from Tech has possibly been guiding him through this process to some extent. It's even possible that he was told that he would definitely have a walk-on option if he preferred to stay in Blacksburg over his other scholarship offers.

It's also possible that he's been talking to the Track coaching staff, and there could have been a Track scholarship available for him, plus the walk-on ability on the football team, and then his scholarship could have transferred over to Football if and when he made the team (if there was a scholarship available for him).

Point is, there are a lot of ways to have given him an opportunity at Tech even before offering him the full Football scholarship if he definitely wanted to stay in the Burg for college.
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Glad he was offered, hope he picks Tech, and hope he blasts through defenses for four years en route to total victory!

You don't really have a point and sounds like you have been in LA too long and need to just chill

Thats a great point that will surely lead to further logical discussion. /s

In a way i agree with you LAHokie in that it clearly reads to me that he was lower on the priority list and thus recieved an offer late. On the other hand i dont think its as terrible as you make it out to be. Didnt bama just offer kalon gervin? Do they smell of desperation? Im guessing he was lower on their list and they worked their way down to him. Im just saying i think thats part of the game/process sometimes and doesn't necessarily portray our school/coaches as villians.

you have been in LA too long

Is there something relevant about LA and this discussion?

The funny thing is I haven't lived in LA for 15+ years. I live in Blacksburg haha

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

what part of Lower Alabama did you live?

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Pensacola!

Absofreakinglutely Fireman!!! What the crap difference does it make. Amazing the amount of recruiting know it alls! 247Sports has him an 80 % lean to the Hokies and 20 % ECU. So I like those odds and like this kids speed and his running and hands. After watching him play the last two years, I am pretty sure CJF and staff will find a place for him if he comes our way which is sounding pretty good! We don't know what has been going on behind the scenes with this kid and let's just be happy for him and hope 247SPORTS are right on their CB prediction. Come on over Cole.

Life's short, If you dont do it, somebody else will.

LAHokie knows more about tech recruiting than the average poster on here...

As far as I'm concerned, an offer is an offer. Doesn't matter if it was the first or the last.

He has an offer from VT, and I'll be happy for him and VT if he accepts it.

This is true. I was strung along when I was choosing grad schools by my eventual choice. I had other elite options (JHU, UNC, UPenn, etc), but I don't hold it against my alma mater for waiting until the LAST day (essentially signing day) to give me an offer. I was happy, and I worked harder to prove that I belong.

I completely understand and appreciate your viewpoint here, but the fact of the matter is that the VT coaching staff decided that they would like to have Cole on the team. Now for those that want Cole to play for VT, the onus is now on him instead of the staff. Regardless of when the offer came in, Cole has an offer and the good news is that even though the class is almost full, the staff felt that Cole would be able to come in and potentially contribute to the team.

Congrats Cole, your hard work and dedication clearly has paid off!

I've been in the pro-Beck camp, so I'm excited we offered, hope he becomes a Hokie. No disrespect to Steward, but I'm glad to possibly get another RB in the class. I may be reading way too much into this, but I hope the weird timing/delay in offering doesn't mean coaches are less confident about landing some of our other top targets (Walker, Gervin, Dax, McNeill, Mitchell, etc.) I know some of those guys are reaches anyway, but hope we still have a shot with them and can close on some.

Your second comment was my thought exactly

This has to be why we offered now: Staff realizes we are not going to get many of the big names left on our board.

Not necessarily . It could also be that the coaches have had a good chance now to evaluate the freshman talent that came in and decided to change the priorities based on the new guys that have been evaluated . Could be surprises up or down and so maybe they shift some priorities based on that .

Coastal 1

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And now all the CB's for CB are for the good guys.

From an outsiders view this recruitment has been an enigma. Maybe this has been an elaborate deke. Like many things, history will come down on the side of the winner.

1. goes to Tech, or goes elsewhere and is mediocre - coaches are brilliant.
2. goes elsewhere and does well - coaches blew it.

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Guys, I am a pretty solid recruiter in NCAA 14. Fuente finally put Beck on his big board and dropped 50 points to Scout him. He waited til we were #1 on Beck's list to offer trying to get that "insta-commit" It's recruiting 101,

Fun Fact. I am in my 7th season with SMU and I have Coach Fuente as my OC. Kirby Smart as DC I'm sure both will bolt when I go win the natty this year.

Hokie Love!

You guys, it's a business. Numbers matter. Beck is clearly talented, but may not have had a spot. I subject that, after 1 day in pads, Coach Fu found a player that he will not keep on scholarship. I won't speculate who, but I'm hearing Dwayne Lawson might transfer.

The Lawson transferring joke hasn't been funny for a long fucking time

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

It all depends on the delivery. If you're clever it's feast and if not it's famine.

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Maybe it means Drew Harris isn't going to qualify this year so his spot is open

Someone just make the UVA Spring Game Attendance Joke and the Convert a TE to QB Joke and complete the set of overplayed jokes so we can get them out of the way.

You mean more jokes on this thread than fans at a LOLUVA spring game?

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I think we passed that already.

Just like in every thread.

We don't need TE to QB jokes this year. Kurt Benkert is the truth.

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Much funnier than the complaints about them are accurate.

Concerning Beck, what if the kid doesn't want to stay in his hometown? He has interest in some other Power 5 programs, and could easily decide he likes Tarheel Blue better, or just doesn't want to be in Blacksburg anymore. Hell, he could decide Charlottesville is just far enough away for him. I know some people select schools to get out of town, they may not want to go across the country, but move at least a couple of hours away.

I'm sure some will say that it was the delay on an offer, but who knows what came into play here.

Also, since he wants to do Track, there may have been a conversation about his focus level.

Then he goes to another school and we recruit other backs. What happens if Motley wanted to leave town? Realistically, a lot of guys aim for skill positions. I hope Beck is a stud if he comes here but there is a lot of competition to be the #1 guy at a P5 school.

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Oh, I get it. Just that there has so much about Beck in particular, I wonder what would happen to those who have been disappointed that we didn't offer him sooner. Balls still somewhat in his court.

From what I'm hearing, we already have a couple of backs on the team that could blow it up.

We are obviously years away from being able to make a judgement on this kid but Wiltfong just put out this blurb on 2020 APB Chris Tyree at Thomas Dale. As of the new 2020 rankings he is the top APB in his class and will be a name at the center of much discussion around these parts in the years to come.

Holding a dozen offers, a few have been able to make an early impression.

"I feel like I have great relationships with the coaches at Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Penn State," Tyree told 247Sports. "I've had opportunities to spend more time with those coaches."

Tyree looks forward to learning about several more schools including his offers from Florida State, Georgia and West Virginia.

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

5 star back from VA who we've gotten in with on the ground floor? I seen this one before. He gone to FSU.

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I think the last one went to Penn State actually.

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"Not Virginia Polytechnic Institute and" State University.

Ok so with that I was looking at the 4 kids currently ranked in VA for the class of 2020 and I just had to take a minute to acknowledge this kid...

This kid man is just starting HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. JUST LOOK AT HIM. Seriously what do they feed these kids?

PS: It's also interesting to note that the other 3 kids in VA ranked for the 2020 class are currently sitting at 5*s.

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His name game is strong, and I bet nobody has ever made fun of it.

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He looks like a college player already.

I believe everyone is a 4 star. I don't believe they hand out 5 stars this far in advance. Obviously the rankings will change significantly over the next couple years, and they don't hand out 5 stars until the guys have finished their junior year? Or camp before junior year? Not sure if the timing.

They have handed out 5 stars

Recruit Prosim

No they haven't. 247 is the only site to rank so far and they have only given 4 stars. The composite translates that to 5* through their formula. Not the same thing. 247 has still only given 3 5*s for the '19 class, none for '20

They are 4*s on 247 (for now) but 5*s on the Composite.

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"Seriously what do they feed these kids?"

Whatever the hell he wants. Are you going to tell him what to eat?

I realize that I'm a total nube when it comes to following recruiting, and I don't have the history of getting excited about sophomores and juniors only to see them pick FSU, PSU, OSU, etc., BUT, I am getting pumped thinking about the 2019 class possibilities:

5* RB Devyn Ford
4* WR Jacoby Pinckney
4* OT Quinn Carroll
4* DE Brandon Smith
4* DT Ben Smiley
4* LB Ah'shawn Moore
4* CB Cam'Ron Kelly
4* ATH Litchfield Ajavon

Then throw in guys like Drake Thomas, Adarious Jones, Nick Gallo, Larry Hodges, Jordan Houston, and a lot of unranked but big-bodied OL

I've said it in other places, but I'll say it again; I'm excited for our 2018 class, I think it's going to be very solid. But if we can avoid a sophomore slump and show the next class the potential under Fuente-Foster, I think the 2019 class could be a game changer.

(I fully welcome all the veteran recruiting followers to mock me and bring me back down to Earth, I probably need it)

Aaaaaaaand you've just set yourself up for disappointment lol.

Haha Koastal Kings being the first one to comment on your reply makes it that much better. I think we will have the momentum to sign a top 20 class this year and doing research on that list makes you excited for a top 15 class in 2019. Will we miss on 2-4 out of those top 8 guys next year? Sure. But I have a feeling it won't be missing out on the 6-7 guys like we are accustomed to.

You can cross off Carroll and Smith. And probably Ajavon too. Unfortunate considering Carroll is a legacy and Smith is very local but neither of them really have any legit interest.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

Yea, I hadn't heard anything connecting Ajavon to us other than he's a VA kid, which I figured wasn't a good sign. Even if they're long shots who knows what another surprising year under Fuente could do. I'll keep the faith!!

I saw that we offered 2018 3* OL Jalen Goss. He was named to the 7A preseason all-state team in GA with John Harris. Glad to see we're still pursuing OL.

I NEED RECRUITING NEWS!!!!!

Ben Smiley is coming to the Clemson game

Here you go:

Then you have come to the wrong place. Here we focus on rumors, whispers, murmurs, etc. News is located elsewhere

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You forgot memes and gifs. Speaking of which, what's the best site out there for gifs? Asking for a friend who wants to blacklist for his entire company.

Not a lot of new information in this Inside Nova piece, but seems pretty likely UNC, Ohio State, and the good guys make the cut for Devyn Ford. A merely interesting note on jersey number:

While rabid fan bases try to discern any clue that might indicate where he is leaning, Ford refuses to play along and tip his hand even when he learns things like UNC and Ohio State retiring the number 22, which is what Ford wears now and would like to wear in college. There's so much more to consider, and Ford handles it with poise.

Piece goes on to say Ford has no interest in playing as far away as Southern Cal and reemphasizes the priority for Fuente & co:

Closer to home, though, colleges are ramping up their interest. Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente has made it clear the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Ford is the Hokies' No. 1 target for the class of 2019, saying they want to build a fence around Ford to keep him from leaving Virginia.

Devyn Ford update

Build that fence!

And make UNC pay for it?

Always choose joy.

Oh yeah, they'll pay.

Belllllllieve me. It'll be bigly.

Jimbo Fisher would say we need bridges not fences in Virginia...

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

Jimbo needs to fix that EMCC pipeline he's building.

Ford is a must get for us. We are building acc championship and playoff level depth at most positions but need to pickup a stud rb like him along with a few elite OL and DL before we can most likely make/win the playoff.

We just picked up another CB for Ford! Guys it's happening!!!

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

If they only mention UNC, OSU and us among his top five almost safe to say that's his top three (I know I know we've seen this before....but hold on); with that being his top three really it seems to be between us and OSU....and really who likes Ohio?? My wife is from Ohio and she hates it. And who knows how long Urban Meyer is going to stay there before he decides to hang it up after not being able to get it done for so long.....I mean the choice is obvious......

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

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I think it will be a cold day in hell before Urban decides to give it up in Columbus anytime soon . He won it all just three short season ago. He's made the playoffs 2 out of 3 years and he's consistently pulling in top 10 recruiting classes. I hate to sound like the OSU alumni that I am, but dudes been killing it.

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When he took his leave of absence from Florida he had gone 13-1 and was ranked #1 for most of the season and also won the national championship the year before. So I don't think success was a deterrent.

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He also had SEC pressure and expectations. I can tell you first hand that winning conference championships is enough for Urban to keep the pressure off of himself. The minute he loses to Michigan...then he's vulnerable. But for now, he's doing everything he needs to do.

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Well, I think his "heart condition" (aka, break down) may not have been completely football related. So, who knows, is "heart condition" may flair up at any time for a multitude of reasons in addition to the pressures endured as a collegiate coach.

The first time MI wins a game in the series will be when doubt is cast in his mind. Vulnerable was a good word to use in your post. I agree.

I agree that losing to Michigan would crank up the pressure, but do you really think it's that unlikely to happen anytime soon?

I don't think it's that unlikely so I disagreed with your OP when you said

I think it will be a cold day in hell before Urban decides to give it up in Columbus anytime soon

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

I can respect that, maybe I'm hoping it's a cold day in hell before he leaves instead of being logical about it. He's been a wildcard in the past and there's been no indication that anything has changed so he could be gone tomorrow for all we know.

And yeah, eventually Harbaugh will turn the corner and win. It'll be interesting to see how the fans turn on Urban. Losing to Michigan isn't something they're used too.

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guess I forgot to add the /s....thought it was obvious with the gif....

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

TJ Bradley verbal'd to Maryland.

So - who's left for meaningful OL? For whom we are on the short list? Gwyn? Walker? Who else?

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

hmmm?

Hokiesports.com has 15 DB/CB listed on the active roster and 16 WRs (including Hazelton who is ineligible this year). Seems like that shouldn't be a walk on need? Maybe just want some able bodies for practice squad? I really thought they would be pushing for DTs (8 listed)

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Need some Rudys and cannon fodder for the scout teams.

Why not take a shot though? You get an athletic freak who's never touched a ball and you're not putting them on scholarship. They'll mostly work on practice squads and sit in on team and position meetings.

Like turning down free money. I lived next to Greg Gadell my freshman year who walked on as a running back. May have seen like two or three snaps but he was always there if coach needed him.

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I can confirm the WR's table and the OL table was by far the longest at Fan appreciation day.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I saw on Twitter that it was estimated that 12,000 fans were there. This is the first year we have missed since it started, but that seems like a huge exaggeration. What's your opinion?

There was a guy lined up at 6:30 am there were at least 4-6 people (depending on if they were together or not) lined up when I got to Merryman at 8:30am. The line for Corn, Fuente and Foster was over 80 yards long. I'd believe that a total of 12,000 people came in at some point yes.

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Those people are nuts. We showed up at about noon and there were only 10 people in front of us in the general public line. Getting there 7 hours early did not pay off haha.

I was panicking after the Bradley commitment to Maryland, having only 2 OL currently committed, but then I saw that Darrisaw was listed as a 2018 commit now. I don't see us landing a 4th as of right now, but that could change.

Took a quick glance: Read it as NCST and I was very confused until I carefully reread

Me too, I think it is the red shirt that does it

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5/7 meme use right here

What is it with rice though?

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Its a good meme, Bront

Ronnie Walker just committed to Indiana...

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We weren't even in the top 3. It was Mich St, UVA, and Indiana.

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We weren't in his top 3 for a reason, that staff didn't have him near the top of their board.

It was Mich St, UVA, and Indiana.

geez. What a who's who of "who the hell would want to go there?"

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18 months ago Michigan State was the envy of many VT fans...

UVA just lost a recruiting battle to Indiana...in football.

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Virginia tech had pretty stopped recruiting him, even though UVA had been recruiting him since his freshman year he never wanted to go there, he really liked Notre Dame and took unofficial there so he was used to going to Indiana, really liked his visit to Indiana, and Indiana offered his brother who is either a freshman or sophomore in high school which made him feel even more wanted by Indiana. All that plus he liked Mike Hart and thinks he can help him improve a lot.

Dont know how much it means, but Fuente and Foster both followed Zacchaeus Pickens and Hakeem Beamon on twitter today. Both are 100% crystal ball picks for Clemson and four star recruits.

Edit: Beamon is a hard UNC commit. Not a Clemson lean.

Both your links are for Pickens but yes its disappointing we let two '19 VA kids to UNC already. Jayden Curry is the other but he transfered to IMG

Pickens goes to the same high school I went to. I have inside sources but they don't really know where he wants to go. But I know he thinks Muschamp is a cool guy.

Seems like a cool guy...

You know real football is just around the corner when the recruiting thread for the whole month only needs one part. Thank God the offseason is over!

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Damn. Hope he gets back to 100%.

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

That's a nasty one but after his Tibia heals, he should be good to go. MCL injuries are nothing like ACLs. 4-8 weeks at the worst (grade 3 tears) and a 4 days to a week and a half at the best (grade 1 tears).

Whatever happened, he took a nasty shot to the leg.

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I saw that post on the Twitters by Nadir.

Goes to show the quality of coach we have in Fuente.

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Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

There's got to be story behind CJF's name in Nadir's phone having the disco man next to it....

oof, I hope this is his low point and he comes back full strength.

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you took astro didnt you?

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

I just like words and stuff

And by the way, I'd like to point out that it's September so all posts should go on the new thread...Or we could just ignore recruiting for the next four months and enjoy the season.

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Or we could just ignore recruiting for the next four months and enjoy the season.

You are very funny.

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