April 2018 Recruiting Thread part 2

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I can't Tank that old Thread anymore.

Plus I figure we are about the get some good news, you could say it's in the BAG.

Edit: shit not what I wanted but it will work since we have to wait a while.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Haven't heard anything about Savion Jackson in many moons...anything on that front?

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

He recently got a crystal ball for South Carolina

LAHokie mentioned him as "not coming" in the earlier thread. I saw him sitting with Coach Fu at a bball game earlier and think he would be a GAMECHANGER at DE for us. Looks like we have an uphill battle against USCe and NC State, where I'm sure they are selling the vision for him being the next Clowney or Chubb.

Possibly my favorite recruit in the class and had serious interest as early as a couple months ago, but for some reason he hasn't been around as much. Going to UNC this weekend over VT is somewhat telling.

Can someone compile a list of the recruits that are coming this weekend?

From the spring game thread:
list by JUGS

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how til someone complains about him not including "& State University"?

Chem PhD '16

Apparently another 4 minutes from when you posted.../s

Virginia Polytechnic Insitute

*sigh*

First of all, misspelled Institute. Secondly, we're also a State University.

:-)

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I can honestly say I've never seen a post by Alum that didn't go green or get blurred out. It's always one or the other.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

huh... that post wasn't even serious, it was completely tongue in cheek based on the comment immediately before it. Oh well

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Probably Guitarman trying to get his belt back. /s

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

I knew it!

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I didn't think it was that bad either, but if the recruit checks this website, they might not like getting grilled.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Porter Rooks is in the burg for the weekend. Top WR in the 2020 class from Charlotte. Can't embed the tweet at the moment.

Start Jumping!!!!!

Ayyyyyyyy lets goooooooooooooo fam!

Fuente liked this on twitter as well! 🦃🦃🦃

VB born, class of '14

Looks great on him.

H. O. K. I. E. S. HOKIES!!

Might as well go ahead and commit to the Hokies this weekend. Eh?

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

Seeing these uniforms on someone makes me like them a lot more. Might just be because it's Ford though!

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

Honestly didn't know it was Ford until a few more clicks, but I do like them a lot more on a real person. Still not thrilled with them, but it looks much better over a real person.

Was either one of these the silent commit?

Hawkins was

Keep calm, Gobble on

There's another in the wings as well. Not sure when that's coming out though. I've dropped hints in various threads

In the wings as in this weekend?

Nah this one may take longer than this weekend. It could happen but I doubt it

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

So as of right now we're not expecting any more commits this weekend, correct?

Pretty happy with a haul of Hudson & Hawkins this week. Excited for how this class is starting. We may be looking at about an 89 average composite in this class come December

The silent probably won't happen this weekend, but honestly we're due for a spring game surprise.

I'll be happy if this one isn't rained out. I know what the forecast says, but hey, it's the 'Burg.

lol its gonna be a perfect day dont worry

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

Cryptic as hell.

I'm hoping for 1-2 commitments this weekend. I'm also hoping for some really good news on May 18th.

This is amazing stuff. Not just in Ford's recruitment but overall it's so good to see guys like Vick (and especially Vick) coming back around the program more and more. It's a really good look in that regard as well.

So it's okay for Michael Vick to tweet at recruits but not me?!?!? :p

"And guess what, you've wandered into our school of tuna and we now have a taste of lion." -Allen Gamble, The Other Guys
@Doooougie07

Yes :)

Keep calm, Gobble on

Well done.

Wouldn't Ford be here for the 2019 season?

Most likely counting for the redshirt year

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

I guess Mike hasn't heard. We don't automatically redshirt guys anymore.

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I would be SHOCKED if Ford redshirted

Could you imagine the shitstorm if he did?

We'd have people calling for a firing. And probably not some tiny majority.

Dewhut?

Most likely accounting for the Heisman trophy winning year...FTFY

The all-white looks slick as always. I like new uniform style more having seen it on a real person.

Devyn had a great time, smiling from ear to ear the whole time. Was planning on leaving for Charlotte immediately after the game, but ended up extending his visit so he could join the entire staff for dinner. I heard some news from a friend who Knows Ford family that scared me in regards to OSU earlier in the week, but VT has everything going for it in this recruitment. Immediate playing time, comfort level, usage, etc. The smart choice is VT for him, but you can never count on a teenager to make the right choice. I think we were losing a bit of momentum before this visit, but we helped push it back in the right direction this weekend. My information coming from Blacksburg says we are firmly in the driver's seat, but I can't ignore what I heard a few days ago. Hopefully we did enough for it to come out our way.

Hopefully Vick and Quincy caught up with him.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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What I don't like is that this was his official visit to VT....he still has his official to Ohio State on Apr 26.

What are you hearing on Quin Carroll regarding his official? Kid seemed to be having a blast and was chatting it up with the other OL recruits/commits the whole time

I think we did very well with it, but I think his heart has been set on ND for so long that it would be tough to overcome.

It's going to be a long month lol...

It's going to be a long 3 months lol...

So hope we can pull him. Hearing Dabo on SiriusXM talk about having guys like KJ Henry coming just hit me I'm the feels.

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

Tiquest Terry committed to the Hoos yesterday. I know we aren't pursuing him but I figured I would mention it since he's been mentioned here in the past.

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

Le Sabre is going to read a lot into this kid being from Blacksburg, despite him not having an offer.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Good kid and honestly really surprised he would commit to UVA in the current state of their program. Wouldn't be surprised to see him get a few bigger offers later and possibly switch his commit. If VT didn't have such tight numbers this year I think he would be a late offer candidate

I can't find a lot of recruit information out there from scouts or ranking services.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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This one cuts deep. Great kid. Comes to our tailgate quite often because he's friends with our friend's son. I know we weren't high on him, but him going to the Hoos is just a kick in the balls. Still, I hope he plays great there...just not on Black Fridays.

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

With that kind of offer list, it's not wholly surprising he went with LOLUVa. I wonder if he's going to get some attention from better schools this fall. If a halfway decent school comes calling, I wouldn't fault the kid for going with a real team instead of LOLUVa.

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Oh, I'm not surprised that it's LOLUVA, based on his offers. I just don't like it. Here's hoping better schools DO come calling and he drops them like a bad habit.

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

Unless the good guys come offering, I won't fault a local or anyone for picking UVA.

Not a bad place for a student-athlete to earn a degree from at the end of the day, despite their football program being the laughing stock of the state/conference!

I'll grant them this: LOLUVa football players are clearly very intelligent. There are very few schools where can you get such a well regarded degree with so little expectation on the field. Go to an Alabama or FSU and you'll be expected to shine on the field and at the end of the day, you better hope the NFL comes calling because your degree doesn't carry a lot of clout. As much as I hate the LOLUVa-Ivy league comparisons, this is one area where they match up pretty well. No one who gets a football scholarship to an Ivy league is expected to win, but they still get a free ride all the same at a prestigious university.

That said, as an engineer, I can respect choosing the path of least resistance for the most return. As a football fan, I'd say players should take the route for the most football success.

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I thought Ivy League schools didn't give out football scholarships. Maybe they do now but long ago I am pretty sure that they did not. Strongly suspect that other forms of scholarships are made available to Ivy footballers if they don't get athletic schollies.

VTCC '86 Delta Company, Hokie in Peru, TKPC#490, One of us!

All D-III athletic departments have their ways to help with the money. Just not a straight Offer, NLI and schollie from the athletics.

Ivy League is an FCS conference. They can and do give athletic scholarships

OK. Was thinking they were more like the Patriot League and D-III, but just checked and the Patriot League starting giving football scholarships in 2012.

"Ivy League schools provide financial aid to students, including athletes, only on the basis of financial need as determined by each institution's Financial Aid Office. There are no academic or athletic scholarships in the Ivy League." From http://ivyleague.com/sports/2017/7/28/information-psa-index.aspx

That blurb is disingenuous. A scholarship awarded to an athlete in order to ensure they attend your school is an athletic scholarship, regardless of how the hoity toity league overseers want to frame it. Probably can't find numbers since they're private schools, but I'd wager that a high proportion of athletes (especially in revenue sports) have a "financial need" for hefty aid packages.

I somehow doubt athletes go through the same admission process either. Its not like they admit students on grades alone and then let those who qualify to come to the school try out for the football team.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Really?

I assumed that was how UVa did it

/ssssspringfestival

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

That is what they would have you believe.

#wahoominati

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

Hmmmm, well lets see where all those Anthropology UVA degrees get them. If they were using the 'ships for business or other well regarded programs it may hold some value for them to be at LOLUVA.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

They get a great education, the problem with that education is that it comes with a brainwashing of thinking you're better than everyone else.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Does anyone know anything regarding Brandon Smith? He's warm on 247 but surprised we haven't racked up any CB's for him yet

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

Gaining traction but likely PSU bound.

I saw a recruit with "Smith" on their pass, was he there Saturday?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Not that I know of. Not sure who that would have been.

Sorry Guys, was gonna post some stuff earlier but my neck of the woods got hit by the tornado so I've been a little distracted (we are ok, some friends got hit hard)

From my Marinades: Weekend went off as well as it could, the red carpet was laid out for Carroll and Ford and it went as well as it could. Ford still has two other OV's upcoming and they are heavy hitters. Personally I like our chances but that's just me.

The Staff approach of "being real" with recruits has been really effective. The fact that everyone is on the same page and not blowing smoke like other schools has really be refreshing to recruits. If you look at the theme of quotes from recruits that is the one consistent thing you hear.

Other than not having the matching Finances that other schools that we have been competing with lately (not touching that topic) Fuente and staff has been landing some haymakers and turning some heads in the recruiting world. VT faces a lot of negative recruiting and will still have been making strides with kids that wouldn't have considered us in the past.

Anyway, nothing here that is too insightful or anything that we didnt already know. I do think those new Uni's looks a lot better when worn. I'd like to see the all maroon but the players love the white. Oh and apparently who ever took photos of Hunter learned a few skills about photography. Those new photos look sweet compared to Hunters shaky IPhone images.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

What negative recruiting is used against us currently? I know Beamers age was used at the end of his career, but curious to know what other schools think use now. Also can you say which schools use the most negative recruiting?

All of it has to revolve around money, extra curricular activities, and living arrangements. Hasnt really changed over the years. OSU and PSU can use that all day long against us, we just won't match up to those guys financially. They have the freedom to really offer a more creatively lifestyle for recruits more than we do. It is what it is and the coaches don't dance around it.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Living arrangements has cost us a few folks over the years.

Keep calm, Gobble on

*cough cough* Florida State *cough cough*

I know our dorms suck, but how hard is it to combat that? You only actually live on campus one year.

is that even true anymore? I know of many freshmen who have gotten permission to live off campus.

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Apparently some schools are pushing this narrative now...

If Ford does go to PSU I hope he takes Slades starting job.

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

He's not going to PSU. And it's finny because PSU actually passed on a higher percentage of their plays compared to VT last year.

can we tweet at recruits wanna be recruiters? stats like this are important for guys like slade to know and if it gets retweeted then maybe the right guy sees it. indirect tweeting at recruits at its finest.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Can I get a translation?

Asking for a friend who doesnt understand Twitter language, or youths in general anymore.

Jhi icy ❄️, don't wanna be at a passing school tho 🤣 come be great ! #WeAre https://twitter.com/tsunamiford/status/984917373206646785 ...

"Yes, cool. You do not want to be at an academic institution that is known for throwing the football though. Hahaha. Come sit on the bench behind me for 3 years. Let me make sure everyone who is a Penn State fan can agree if they search for PSU athletics on Twitterwebs."

-Michael Scott

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

But he is in agreement? - the uniform looks good, 'jhi'?

Jhi he iya

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

wtf am i having a stroke?

It's just gas, don't worry.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Wait...why is Slade allowed to tweet at recruits and we can't? Isn't he breaking our rules? I say we ban him....

VHokie

Glad you all are ok. My neighborhood was hit pretty hard. Trees down all over the place. Luckily our giant oaks held their own and we only lost 10-12 ft of fence to the top of a neighbor's tree. House is ok though. Just going to be without power for a while.

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

It was fierce. A friend of mine lost their entire house as they held onto the door for dear life under their basement stairs. It's just crazy....

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Damn. They ok? Were they near Timberlake?

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

yeah, I heard boonsboro got hit hard. We're just a couple miles from the starbucks on timberlake that got a face lift. Then there's that picture circulating of the Elon house stripped down to it's subfloor...

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That's the one!

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Whoa! That was your friend's house? They are very lucky. Hate that about their house, but they have their lives.

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

phew. Glad they survived. Saw that picture and was amazed that there were no reported casualties.

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You live in amherst?

Nope the Timberlake area but friends in the Elon area. I live right off waterlick

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Cool, its neat when you realize these "internet people" are actually people, some of which live nearby. I frequent the lynchburg, amherst nelson area.

Shame the discussion had to come from the storm, but it is nice to get a feel for where folks are.
I'm off Waterlick too, apartment complex right next to Waterlick Plaza.
The tornado can't have missed us by more than 1/2 a mile.

And sorry for unrelated post. Probably need to start a storm thread but I'm about to go to sleep.

Geez. Apparently I'm surrounded by TKPers... I live right off Jefferson manor

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This made me think of this

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

How many assholes do we have on this site anyway?

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

I have one

Recruit Prosim

I am number 2

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Pre-bourbon or post?

Glad to hear you are OK. My wife's grandmother used to live off of Timberlake road right across from the BB&T and the Bojangle's. She has since passed and the house has been sold. Last I heard it had been torn down, but we haven't been down there in a few years now. It sounds like the tornado didn't make it down to where her house used to be.

With the Glaze transfer, how will we use the schollie? Are we looking at any transfers?

My money is on a spot in the 2019 class. It's gonna be super small regardless and I think we have more guys we want than actual spots.

Goes towards 2019 recruiting cycle. I have a feeling we will get a few more towards 2019 as well

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Go on....

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Denmark maybe? I remember there was talk of him possibly leaving. Not sure anything is official but he's not on the roster on hokiesports right now.

He left months ago. Officially focusing on track.

Does this increase the chance of bringing in Tank? As posted before, I think it is inevitable that we don't get somebody who we expect/want, so why not take him in, especially with this and possibly other opening up like you said.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

No, the scholarship will likely go to Ryan Willis or one of the kickers on the roster. Both the kickers are walk-ons right now. Lot of walk-ons that are in contention for it.

Well I was proposing that question based on BAG's statement of it would go towards the 2019 recruiting cycle, not really players on the team now.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

We will see where it goes...but I have a near impossible time seeing how our #1b QB right now is not on scholarship...

Gauntlet. Thrown. Down.

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

I sure as hell hope it doesn't go to a kicker given our situation at DT.

I could also see it going to Willis, Kaleb Smith, or whichever kicker wins the starting job. It would definitely be tempting to use it for another take in the 2019 class, but it's also good to take care of the players you already have, especially if they are going to be contributors.

What's the word on Kaleb Smith? See him around campus all the time.

How expected was this? Also, couldn't we get a grad transfer w/ 1 year and still use it for 19

Grad transfers are always tricky. The use of a scholly that could be used for a 4 year player on a guy that would only contribute for one year and not be as effective.

Unless the player is a can't miss then sure but I would rather have a player groomed in our system.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

2019 4-Star RB STEELE CHAMBERS just committed to Ohio State. Hopefully this is good for us concerning Ford as they seemed to have been picking up some momentum as of late.

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

Dude, Best Name HoF right there. Sounds like a friggin superhero.

Steele Chambers?

Yeah... that's a male adult film actor

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

Nah, Steele needs to be the last name for the porn industry. Definitely a superhero alter ego. Not an A-lister, of course. More like one of those guys you see in the background of panning shots on Justice League or in the gallery of a Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law episode.

He shows up in a random crossover edition of a comic book every now and then.

He's actually their 2nd 4-star running back so hopefully your right.

Would have to think it helps. There's some question about whether he'll end up at RB or LB at OSU, but the kid says he's going in as a RB. Can't imagine OSU taking 6 4* RB's over two cycles.

I think everyone is reading this one way and that Ford now has to decide if he is willing to go to OSU with that many RB. My thought is he has already told staff(s) and so they accepted Chambers commitment. Will still take the OV because well it is an OV.... could be wrong

This is what I was thinking as well.

Recruit Prosim

Going off this, a recruiting analyst for Ohio State just crystal balled Devyn to the Hokies yesterday.

Lockdown

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I got some beers. Let's drink 'em!

He really missed an opportunity by going to OSU over Michigan:

🦃 🦃 🦃

Quick question for those of you with insight into recruiting and specifically player evaluations.

There has been a lot of talk about not having space for Tank in a tight class. That makes sense to me but it also makes me curious why we already accepted a commitment from Sainristil who is not as highly rated as Tank. Is it a size thing? Is it that our staff think Sainristil is underrated? Is it that we wanted connections with Sainristils school\coaches?

I'm not complaining that we have Sainristil and not Tank... I think his video looks pretty darn good. I'm also not on the we should take Tank and make the numbers work bandwagon. I'm just curious if there is any insight.

I'm not a recruiting expert, but I based on the last two cycles I think this just means that our staff feels Sainristil is a better fit for our system than Tank is.

That is what I imagine too... I'm just looking for insight about what it is that the staff feel makes him a better fit. Size? Speed? Coverage skills? Ball skills? Can he be a retuner? Can he play multiple positions on D?

In this situation, the staff thinks Mike S will be a better college player than Tank.

Whether a player is a "take" or not depends on the situation. For some, it's a matter of whether or not they like the player, for others, it's a first come first serve situation. The staff loves Riley Simonds, but if Quinn Carrol commits before him, then he may lose his spot. Conversely, I think we would take Carrol even if Simonds was already in the boat.

If only life was like NCAA 14 dynasty mode

Where you could constantly recruit 30 player classes and cut half of them later

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

a little OT... the picture on Quin Carrol on his 247 page has Notre Dame fighting Irish all over him... green jersey, red hair... its almost too good of a match for him/them

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Jumped on early

Recruit Prosim

One possible explanation, Tank still may be rated a little high, he was a 5* earlier in his high school career and has been falling as people have come to realize he may not grow any more. Recruiting services don't update their rankings every week so he may be a 3* the next time they come out (pure speculation on my part I'm just trying to say his ranking may be on a downward trend and not updated yet). Meanwhile Sainristil may be on more of an upward trend and could be bumped up at the next rankings update, passing Tank, that may just be one explanation. I tend to think it may be more of a system/upside thing.

VT '17

Very plausible. I definitely think Sainristil will go up. If you go look at 247 Composite rankings for the state of MA, there are only 5 guys listed... Needless to say the state of MA doesn't get a whole lot of recruiting attention (especially now that Lewis Cine is in TX). His film is very impressive from what I could tell. Looks super athletic and explosive, fluid hips and solid ball skills.

Tank won't drop too much just because he is still an extremely skilled player, but yes they most likely will trend more towards each other before it is all said and done.

Mike has sooooo much swag. Big fan.

So do I. When I watched his film I realllllly liked it as I think most did. Hope he turns into a great player.

Same here LA! Definitely a gem...NCAA 14 style

Hokie Love!

MA football players turn out to be good D3 baseball pitchers. s/

Just spent lunch looking at the 2020 recruits on 247 and holyyyy smokes there are a mountain of 5 stars in Va and the surrounding states. I know I know, they'll cut that number down and things can change, but even in the top 30ish there's still a pile of them.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

yeah the Charlotte area alone has a heck of a 2020 class

- "And now Miami wants to talk about it..."

Ford's Post-Tech Visit Rivals Interview

Looks like what LA and BAG mentioned earlier but that the momentum is back in our court after the visit. It looks like OSU made the mistake of not telling him about the Steel Chambers commit last night but I'm sure they will try to weasel there way out of it by saying that he won't be an RB for them. Not too concerned about the PSU visit but I'm glad to see that he can clearly see the vision of what Tech is building and it looks like he wants to be apart of that. Also glad to hear Zohn is the guy he's closest with, because Zohn in particular is good at closing among out assistant coaches.

Even if it gives him a second of pause, it is a good thing for VT.

Ford mentions his excitement over VT fans getting with him on Twitter...now do I tweet at croots? /s

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Haven't heard a lot of hype about this guy- Whit Kane
Brother of Joe Kane, saw him at the Spring Game and wondered who he was. After watching the highlights, he looks like he could be an impressive player. 2020 Wide Reciever
What do you guys think?

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

Depending on work ethic he could possibly be a solid player. Have enough of them already though. We need Dogs and Gamebreaker from here on out.

Hokie Love!

Hearing the Ford visit to OSU could be on the fritz. Nothing for sure yet though.

That would be amazing. Sounds like PSU has been all but out of it, correct?

Wouldn't say that, but they were definitely solidly in 3rd before last night.

Cancelled.

😲 😲 😲 😲 😲
Can 5/18 hurry up and get here so I can stop getting my hopes up?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

The pessimist in me hates that it was cancelled after his Penn State official

On the news regarding ford

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

I swear I saw on Twitter this morning a tweet by Devyn Ford that said "Blessing in disguise" and it was liked by Charlie Cantor. I can't find that tweet now.

I hate when I remember something from my dream later in the day and think it was real.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

I actually got an email saying something about seat selections last night...

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Yeah, you weren't dreaming this time. I got the same email. It was an email telling you to anticipate another email that will have your seat selection time. Or we're both dreaming about seat selection emails?

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

Two more CBs for Ford to the good guys yesterday, from Greene and Ellis, both Ohio guys... starting to get cautiously optimistic.

Bacon strips &
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What about Benjarvus?

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Bacon strips &
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We all need to tweet at Steele Chambers and thank him.

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Nick Gallo is seriously a man

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

Dalton Keene with hands

You can never have too many versatile TEs.
Love his ball skills. May just have to tune the blocking up a bit. Definitely a player.
WANT!

Hokie Love!

Dang... How does he not have a monster offer list?

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Watch the defenses in his clips. It looks like somebody's controller disconnected.

But to me, I see a lot of Ryan Malleck. Good size and good hands. Gotta work on blocking to make it at this level though.

I love Gallo. Receiving skills as good as DD's but has a little more dawg in him.

Rivals reporting that blue-chipper OL John Olmstead just verbaled to Notre Dame.

Surely they wouldn't take Carroll too - that'd just be greedy, right? Right?

/ssssafebet

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

Is Sheridan Jones committing tonight at 7? I have seen us mentioned in his top group. Is there any chance we get him?

No. All Clemson.

I may be misremembering, but it seems like people weren't too sad about us not being in on this one. Overrated? Not a good fit?

I'm not too sure. I had a glance of the kid's tape. He looks like a Vt corner. He reminds me of Armani Chatman, maybe a step slower.
I thought the kid was a take.

Hokie Love!

I think his rating is accurate but the staff doesn't.

Same here. He is definitely going to be a pissed of SOB if he sees the field when we play them again.

Hokie Love!

Meh. Those storylines are immensely overblown in my opinion. Kind of like "bulletin board material." At this level you are either driven to play hard so you can make the NFL or you aren't. I just don't think a perceived recruiting slight has anywhere near the impact on the field that people tend to think. It's mostly just a storyline the media can use to try and make things more interesting.

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

I think Clelin Farrell would like to chime in on this one. Ate our asses alive when we played them, both years to be exact.

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He played great because he was a great player, not because he felt dissed by us. He verballed to Clemson in June and I'm pretty sure we cooled off after that. It wasn't a case of not recruiting him at all. ESPN played that up though as if all he wanted to do was play at VT and we didn't even look at him.

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

Yep. Ferrell is a projected 1st round draft pick so he's torn up a lot more teams than just VT. From Clemson alone, better examples would be Kvon Wallace and Daniel Rodriguez. Wallace averaged 2.3 tackles a game and had 2 tackles against VT last year. Daniel Rodriguez had a special teams tackle against VT in 2012.

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

Still do not understand how a recruit doesn't commit on the spot watching this. Ohio State yeah it's cool the tuba player dots the I, and Penn State woo white out. This is where it's at.

I saw Devyn Ford at the psu spring game today
Good thing the actual game was boring as crap

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

We're you wearing your VT gear or wearing PSU gear and yell something stupid at him?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I was wearing psu gear and yelling something stupid at him

Your welcome

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

I told my PSU grad friend who was at the game to tell Devyn the big ten doesn't want him. I think we're good.

DE/DT Howard Cross committed to Notre Dame.. He was a tweener . Too slow for DE and too small for DT.

Hey were we going after Litchfield ajavon or Howard Cross very hard?

No #sauces but from what I've heard here I believe that's a big negative. Or at the very least we just don't have a chance with either of them.

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

We have never been in it for Ajavon.

Cross was never a priority - as mentioned above, a bit of a tweener, and therefore got bit by the notorious "bad fit" monster. Apparently a "good fit" for the Irish.

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

We need to get in on these Episcopal HS kids. Haven't really been involved with any since Danny Coale. Understand not getting commits, but to not even be in the picture.. bleh.

Kinda tough school to recruit as the students come from all over the place, but we seem to be able to recruit anywhere east of the Rockies these days.

So according to people on Twitter Devyn Ford's trip to tOSU is cancelled, I don't know how to embed, so your just going to have to trust me.

So down to PSU and the good guys.

(Talks to myself)

(Ok HF don't get too excited this happens all the time.

But this time will be different!!)

Well now I'm way too infested in another high school kids college choice!

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I wouldn't fret too much unless PSU absolshtrly blew it out of the water.

With the OSU official visit cancelled, do you think Ford takes any more OV's to replace his OV to OSU or is he done with visits after PSU this weekend?

Doubt it but idk for sure. Clemson is recruiting him as a CB, and he hasn't really shown any legit interest in OU or UNC in the past. This is a PSU/VT battle now and we should feel very very good about our chances.

This is awesome news, but it's still a long way til May 18th in recruiting time. Feel good, but anything can happen. Let's close on Ford, and shock the world with Carrol!

I'm way too infested in another high school kids

sounds like a habit you need to get cured

Yeah, not sure if he needs to invest in a spray, bomb or bait for that type if infestation, but it certainly seems like a problem. Maybe call animal planet and see if the will bring back the series?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Damn, no shot then. We definitely do not recruit well when it comes to us vs Penn St, especially for RBs. /s

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Penn State has become one of our biggest talent drains.

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KJs recruitment is now literally on Lee than the kids we are recruiting. The coaches who were involved are either dead, retired, in jail or Whammy Ward.

Let the dust settle and let the doors open. Shaping up to be a nice Spring in Blacksburg.

I always liked our chances with Ford since the Clemson game, and Carroll, well ND isn't a sure bet. If we can get both of those guys then people will take notice. I know nothing at this point but it definitely has gotten interesting....

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

BAG are we targeting/ have interest in any DT's this cycle ? I haven't seen much about prospects that are DT .

It's kind of hit or miss right now, I'm sure we will see more offers come of after spring evaluations.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

You say it has gotten interesting. Is there something coming out with Carroll? It never really seemed like we were a real candidate with him.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

I think there is some stuff about his visit behind a paywall so I won't really answer much about that..... All I know is that it went really well and ND isn't a sure bet anymore..

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Good to hear. Having the attention of 5* OL recruits from out of state is something in itself even if his brother did snap here.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Don't know about things behind the paywall, but interviews with the other lineman like Hanson make it seem like he had an awesome time and they're all recruiting him very hard.

It was a very successful official visit.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Not sure if anyone noticed, but Ben Smiley was upped to a 4 star- anything regarding him lately?

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

If he was willing to play on the Oline I think he would be a bigger focus. But we will see how that plays out

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

So right now it would seem that Adarious Jones is the bigger priority at DT?

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

I would agree with this but LAHokie may have a better insight on that.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Well we have little interest in smiley as a DT, but AJ is a top of the board guy along with Josh Harris

What's the word on Harris? I don't want to appear as though I'm a slave to recruiting rankings, but within a short amount of time he shot up from a mid 3* to a high 4* then back to a mid 4*. Is there something that's concerning about his game but he also has massive upside? Haven't been able to find any film on him.

We love him but I'm not sure that love is requited unfortunately.

I did notice this. I have no info, but regarding this bump does anybody know if 247 tracks players rankings so you can see how they have fluctuated over time? I think that would be a cool feature.

247 used to have a chart of that but got rid of it

Probably not since the OV was cancelled

Keep calm, Gobble on

Sounds like they betrayed his trust a little. I don't think you come back from that. It's a sign you cant trust them

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#supersauces

My 3-star psu 2019 commit freind Keaton Ellis just told me that he has been in constant contact with Devyn Ford and they have been texting alot over the past week

he showed me texts he sent keaton that they might play together in the future and alot to that extent

He also said that Devyn was really blown out of the water in the PSU visit and that it really doesn't look good for VT right now

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

might play together in the future

What else is the guy going to say to people that rolled out the red carpet for him?

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

Well you tell your friend:

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Your supposed to hide your sauce behind a pay wall

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Gallo with another CB to the good guys; is a possible commitment coming soon?

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Didn't Nyquee used to be a 4*? If so, bummer to see him get downgraded. Still looks like a great player.

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Yes, he actually used to be a pretty high rated 4*. He was dropping quite a bit before this. Sucks to see him drop, but at the same time we would be happy if we got a guy to jump up to what his ranking currently is as a high 3*. Also, we just need to trust the coaches eval on this one.

Any Ford update from BAG or LAhokie? The depth chart at VT seems to be an obvious choice, especially given that PSU already has 2-5* RBs on the roster and are looking to take another 4* this cycle as well... Don't like the fact that he's talking up having friends at PSU and his new boy Cam Kelly, who is going to be a PSU commit in short order.

It's been discussed in another thread but basically they thing we are still the frontrunners. He had a great visit at PSU but they think we are still in the lead until they hear anything else and it's just gonna be a tough waiting game from here on out.

Thanks. I just looked through the Devyn Ford OV to VT thread and see what you are saying. Thanks.

The general rule of thumb is that depth isn't a huge consideration. Nearly every one of these high profile recruits thinks that they have the ability to be an impact player and earn a starting role. They don't shy away from competition. We see it time and time again with the blue bloods that have multiple 5* athletes at the same position.

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Something for you guys to chew on for a second. A week ago it was OSU vs VT with PSU as a distant third right? Once OSU was dropped, everyone assumed VT was going to run away with it, despite Ford having an announcement coming a full month away. Then magically, PSU (who everyone assumed was out of it) made a big move and is all of a sudden the "frontrunner".

Name one recruit of this caliber that had one hat on the table during a big announcement ceremony. What fun is it for these kids to have the biggest moment of their lives become a predictable event with a minimal amount of hype around it? Just saying...

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Now I don't want to make it sound like it's a done deal, because it's not a done deal. But I don't think there are many people in Blacksburg that are not very confident.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Just all the TKPers that are in Blacksburg

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby