Devyn Ford Expected to Make a Decision Prior to Senior Season

According to Devyn Ford's head coach, Joe Mangano, the 2019 blue-chip North Stafford HS running back will commit prior to his senior season.

"Before we put on pads in August, he will be committed somewhere," Mangano said.

Clemson, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech are considered frontrunners for Ford's services. But Mangano said Oklahoma and Notre Dame have come on strong recently.

Sooners first-year head coach Lincoln Riley held a face-time session with Ford last month while his team was preparing for the College Football Playoff semifinals, a contest they dropped to Georgia 54-48 on Monday.

Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson visited Ford at school last month.

"He literally flew out here and was at our school, then took a flight back to Indiana," Mangano said. "He said he was here to see Devyn and nobody else in the state."

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Do we really have a chance to sign him ? Anybody have sauces ?

I've heard from #sauces that Fuente views him as one of, if not the most important/game changing recruit of his stay here. He's getting the red carpet treatment already.

Here's hoping he goes the Hunter route.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I hope so. We need a game changer at RB . We just have some big time schools we need to beat out

Ah, but how does Ford view us? I'd imagine there are many players that would be the most important recruits if they were to sign with us.

Based on the offers and how competing colleges have went after him, I'm not optimistic.

I agree, but if he truly is a game changing 5 * running back, then it would be really strange if big name schools weren't going after him. I trust Fuente already knows this.

You know, because we've never beaten out the likes of Penn State for an elite 5* RB before...

"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

Yeah...you could almost say he is...untouchable.

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

Let's not be Miami fans and hang our hat on something that happened nearly 2 decades ago. New era and new coaches. This means jack.

Let's also not act like it's impossible for an elite player with offers from all the major schools to choose VT. VT might not dominate VA like some want, but there is enough influence that we likely have a solid chance with him.

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

Both are true.

We have a legit shot here.

KJs recruitment was before Ford was born so it's relevancy is limited at best.

you're not wrong but I mean that was 17 years ago lol

I would feel more confident about landing Ford against the blue bloods if there was more recency

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KJ picked Virginia Tech 17 years ago... We're still hanging our hat on this?

Edit: I see as I scroll down this point has rightfully already been made.

You know, because we never beat out the likes of Penn State for players they want. You could say such an event is down Rivers, so to speak.

"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 don't think anyone is disagreeing with you that it has been done (and can be done), but to hang your hat on something that almost happened 2 decades ago is why some may find the original comment odd/laughable/a stretch/etc.

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We literally beat them for a coveted recruit last year. Dylan Rivers.

"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

Right, I just didn't want to compare LB to RB since you first said about beating them out for a 5* RB.... but thats fair game too if you want to use Rivers as an example. Maybe just use rivers or some recruit within 3 years or something to make the original comment more relevant. 17 years is just way too far out to even make a comparison. Teams/recruiting/coaching has changed wayyyy to much since then

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it's the use of that pesky word "never" that puts a pretty broad brush on the topic .....

lol yes you are right. Never disagree that it has never happened, I think my issue along with others is to use an example 17 years ago, thats it.

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River's girlfriend was our best recruiter. She was already a Hokie. Poon rules once again.

I laughed entirely too hard at this.

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― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

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I'm down with that.

Still can't understand why we continue to lose a lot of blue chip in-state recruits to other P5 schools. For example, Penn State was coming in, taking recruits that should have been ours, even before Franklin brought them back to prominence and while they were struggling subsequent to the Sandusky ordeal. Maybe they're still salty after losing Jones to us in their own backyard 17 years ago.

That said, I think it will be difficult for us to procure the services of a top-notch, RB recruit until we can show that the Fuente-Cornelson offense values the RB position enough, as in having 1,000-yard rushers year in and year out. PSU can hold their hat on having guys like Barkley nearly win the Heisman and being a future 1st round NFL draft pick.

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This is completely true

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We lose in state blue chip talent for the same reason we get out of state blue chip talent.

If I were a running back with NFL aspirations, I would be ecstatic to be part of a productive running back by committee system that preserves the body for the limited number of paid NFL years.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

We lose in state blue chip talent for the same reason we get out of state blue chip talent.

What blue chip cruits are you referring to?

Year 3 is coming up!

I assure you, Penn State is not targeting VA's top recruits out of spite for VT enrolling a top PA prospect from 17 years ago haha. All top recruits are going to be targeted by all schools. The country has become smaller over the past 20 years in terms of recruiting.

Penn State- despite being exposed for hosting a 25 year pedophile operation, continues to out recruit VT by a wide margin. Why? Because they sell what these kids want- 110K seat stadium, big time, winning football with championship tradition, and they put a ton of players in the NFL- much more than VT. So Michael Vick and 66K Lane/Enter Sandman/a few ACC championships is nice, but these top kids want more. It's obvious.

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

I remember this from my days on campus. Still the best RB tandem nickname out there.

That was so long ago that happened before the last time UVA beat VT.

Well, it's been like 15+ years since then, so...recent trends suggest no, we don't beat out those teams haha.

Rivers a player just recently spurned a PSU offer for the Hokies.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Sure, but he wasn't ranked anywhere close to where Ford.

💯 THIS. I'd say signing Settle was our biggest "recent" major recruiting victory over Penn State. The PSU fans I had talked to thought they had Timmy locked up.

PSU literally just beat us for a 5* RB in VA. This year. Not 2 decades ago

You are correct, but I don't think we pursued Slade very hard.

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Ummm....You're kidding, right?

We were hard after Slade and Nana. PSU took 2 of the top 3 players in VA this year. Both of whom were very high on our board.

We pursued Slade extremely hard. Outside of Dax, he was probably our #1 target early on.

Oh sorry then. I just never heard too much about him.

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Probably because he committed so early. He was Devyn Ford before Devyn Ford was Devyn Ford and Khalan Laborn after Khalan Laborn was Khalan Laborn.

When you put it like that, I hope Devyn Ford isn't anything like them. :)

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I was coming back to State College back in February through Dulles and shared a flight with a slew of PSU assistants flying back from NOVA. I expected Slade. Didn't talk to them.

Frank Beamer beat Ohio State in Columbus = Frank Beamer always wins big road games against top 10 teams.

BatteredHokieSyndrome when it comes to recruiting. We all have it.

This is the kind of player who will make our offense substantially for balanced, dynamic, and explosive. I have no inside sources on recruiting outside of our more informed TKP members though, so I have no idea what kind of position we are in beside making his "top x" list.

I expect Tech to make the cut for his top 6.

Landing Ford before next season starts would be some great momentum for the rest of the class.

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

Feel good right now. Would pick the Hokies if he had to make a decision today.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

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I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I've used this before but seems appropriate based on the player

He should make it today then!

Hope we land him...getting my Ford puns ready early

Well if Ford commits I'm sure Fuente will throw a Fiesta for him in Blacksburg.

"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

If we keep our Focus on him, there's a good chance we get him.

Yup, long way to go. It's going to be an Expedition for sure.

"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

At least we know this Ford will probably not be rolling out a Bronco on his list anytime soon.

Is it football season yet?

We Mustang him before someone else snags him.

What's ironic is that Ford is actually rolling out a new Bronco for 2018. Looks pretty beastly and will supposedly be on the Raptor platform.

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Bronco is slated to arrive for an in home visit in 2020..... his timing is..... impecable.

Lets GO!!!!

Hopefully he'll Cruze right in and be a Trailblazer and not be so Cavalier about the whole thing
#teamchevy

Semper Fi

Let's Go

HOKIES

I just hope he doesn't Taurus up on the field, if he explorers other options

No love for the Excursion?

With the way the Hokies schemed to run the ball at the end of the year, I figure Ford will average F150 yards per game. Oh my, a typo.

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Twas a silly typo, should be F250 ;)

He Mustang long and hard about that decision. Edsel lot riding on where he signs. If he picks an out of state school , I bet Excursion like a sailor about it before the end of year one. Labornghini-style regret.

Leg!

Hopefully he won't Probe the interests of any other schools too much...

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I hope we get Ford. Holston, McClease, and Peoples are the best we have looked in a while. Fox and Wheatly give us depth and I hope we get Anthony Grant to go with Caleb Steward for this recruiting class. We haven't had this much depth and talent in a while. Going into the 2012 season we were pathetic looking at RB!!!

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

I think we had a 4* recruit in the 2012 class, he just didn't pan out to be top tier

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I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up. I won't get my hopes up.

Dammit, I hope we get him.

Ford, Darnell Wright, and a guard like Riley Simonds and/or Jesse Hanson are some of the remaining keys to making our offense elite. We need these guys bad and another 4 star DT or two for me to feel confident about every position group on the team.

Wright won't happen. OL class of Simonds, Hanson, Beaver, and another highly rated OT is very possible though.

We sit well with Smiley and Adarjois Jones right now at DT but I'd love to get a third in
this class

How does it look for Brandon Smith?

Thoughts on our needs at CB and the VA CB prospects? Seems like good depth in state at that position.

Smith will end up at psu or FSU probably. Don't have a very good shot with him.

Camron kelly will go west probably. I think Tank ends up at Georgia but we're working hard to repair the relationship with him. Nyquee Hawkins out of NJ likes us but I don't get the idea that he's in any rush to make a decision

Tank is quite small... I'm having trouble envisioning his productivity at the high D1 level.

Is it football season yet?

Yup. He received his high ranking young when he was expected to grow. Still hasn't had his growth spurt which is why his ranking has taken a hit.

his ranking has taken a hit

Would you go so far to say it has Tanked?

Wait...have we mashed up Devin Wilson and Isaiah Ford?

We put the K in Kwality

Fuente has gone after some big time players since he got to VT and landed a chunk of them. I'd argue Ford is the most important player to date. We've been winning with a lot of the former staff's players. We are going to start winning with Fuente's players. Ford could/would be a cornerstone piece on the offense. A total game changer.

Would be nice to land a highly rated offensive recruit. How long has it been since we beat out some big boys for a highly touted RB?

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

Probably DW or Shai McKenzie

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It is always easier to get a great RB when you have a RB putting up great numbers. VT has the history, but this staff needs someone to break through and show it is still a thing here. Hopefully we will finally have the O-line and downfield passing attack, and they will get enough carries, to get a good back over 1,000 yds and some hype.

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McMillan got 1K+ during Beamer's final season (Independence Bowl included).

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Yes, and was inconsistent in a completely different offense. There is a reason that the running game was better when he didn't get as many carries

There is a reason that the running game was better when he didn't get as many carries.

Do you have the stats to back that up? I can acknowledge that his inconsistencies are mostly his doing, but not completely.

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I don't and I honestly don't feel like searching for them.

The running game looked better to me when McClease got the ball more and Holston started adjusting to the offense and got heathier (he had some kind of sickness). Peoples coming back late also helped.

McMillian looked great in the old offense under Beamer, but for whatever reason he just didn't get it going under Fuente. I hope McMillian does well at his new school, but I just don't think he was that good for the last couple of years. I don't think his vision was that great, he didn't block all that well, and there were times that I wanted to see him drop his shoulder for an extra yard or two and he'd run out of bounds. I remember him doing that against WVU this year when he ran out of bounds a yard short of the 1st down marker. He came in as a QB, right?

I'm excited about McClease, Holston, and Peoples next season. Hopefully we get D. Ford in the next recruiting class to have a true stud RB.

The running game never really "looked great" or "better" this whole season. It only felt better at times because it was pretty anemic.

I'd say the most consistent it felt was during the bowl game with McClease & Peoples.

The only thing I disagree with is your assessment for how McMillan performed last season. In pretty much EVERY big important game (battle of Bristol, ACCCG Clemson & Bell, etc) he was one of the few bright spots.

I feel good about McClease & Peoples next season. But not excited or great. I'll feel better once we put in an actual factual feature back that'll nab 1k yds.

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I know it's just one play of many but i remember him completely whiffing on a block on that last 4th down play at the end of the ACCCG. Consequently Jerod was hit as he threw and picked off to end the game.

He did miss a block, but he was in a pretty impossible spot, there were two unblocked linebackers coming on the blitz, one of them was hitting Jerod no matter what McMillian did.

Fair enough - it's been a while since I watched the film

I guess it depends what you're assigning/subtracting the most value to/from. I.E. does whiffing on blocks > TDs scored in overall game? For me, his TDs scored carries greater value than his whiffed blocks. But they may be just me.

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There is some evidence to suggest that what Fuente values in a back in order of importance are:

  1. Ball security
  2. Blocking
  3. Everything else

That pretty much limited McMillians carries.

That's why we don't have a running game

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Disagree.

A effective running game encompasses so much more than just a single skill of a single athlete on the field.

Pass blocking and ball security are important, but they don't create rushing yards.

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Except maybe for the QB, FB & WR on a jet sweep end around. I think you both are correct.

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I don't understand why we have such a hard time getting our skill position players to block. It's not like we're putting them in a 3 point stance and asking them to drive a defensive tackle out of the hole. Just know your assignment and try to get in their way to slow them down and allow the play to develop. I hate seeing a jet sweep or wide reciever screen where you can see the CB come running in to stop the play and the WR is just kind in no mans land saying "oops". Just put your body in between the opposing player and the play and try your best to stay there. I can't understand why this is such an issue. It appears it hinges more on effort than anything..

Agreed. At some you gotta wonder if that aspect is being taught by the respective positions coach (which I'm not saying it isn't). Either that, or it isn't being emphasized/retained by designated players.

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Some of it is coaching but some of it is natural. The joke about DBs being DBs because they can't catch comes to mind. Against bad defenses our bad skilled position blocking was fine. It's against good defenses that it breaks down and that has more to do with what happens after contact. If you go back and watch film (I'm sure French can speak to this much better) you can see our skilled players "getting in the way" or making contact but the better defenders shed them and make the play regardless. There are players who totally do not even try but they are not getting on the field under Fuente. I think the keys here are knowing how to play your body, making contact at the right angle and the right place on the defender to turn them in the proper direction and to keep your feet moving to stay engaged without losing balance and being tossed aside.

Of course, all this happens & needs to be executed correctly at "break-neck" speed (with a smidgen of room and openness for adjustment plus improvisation).

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Of course!

I'm sorry but that is a terrible pitch to get an elite runningback to come to your program. Come block for us so the QB and other skill players can take your yards. Oh and you might be runningback by committee. Meanwhile we have Jerod who it seems was frustrated "being the runningback" and possibly pushed him to the draft prematurely. I'm complacent with the results from the last two seasons, but boy do I wonder about moving forward.

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I would suggest that RB look at the NFL where if you can't block or catch passes you won't make a starting roster spot. Plenty of really good college RB's are also good pass blockers and fake runners. If Fuente had a back who could do all things asked of them they would get the yards also.

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I would put pts/yds in the same category as ball security since they are pretty much intertwined. Blocking & everything else comes after.

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I think the runningback by committee thing is more of a lack of standout talent vs. scheme thing. Take a look at the rushing stats from Fuente's tenure at Memphis - with the exception of 2012 (his first year) there was an obvious RB1 and not so much a committee approach.

I don't think the "pitch" is any different here than any other school. If you watched the National Championship game you watch elite running backs blocking. It's part of the position. If you start fielding nonblocking running backs then you give the defense two advantages. The first is obvious. They have a +1 advantage because of your back. The second is they know you're probably going to run. Having said that McMillian is not an elite running back and was actually a high school QB. According to 24/7 he was the #8 dual threat QB the same year Deshaun Watson was #1.

AJ Bush was #43 that year.

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I think his biggest flaw was that he was only bright in spots. There was no consistency.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

We've been unlucky also because if Shai or Marshawn stay reasonably healthy we probably look more desirable to '18 rbs.....

Man how unfortunate for us (and mostly them) to have two big time rb recruits, good enough to play right away as true freshman, and have both of them tear their ACL's and derail their careers. Really sucks for both of them.

Speaking solely about football ability - Shai is the most naturally talented running back we have brought in in a while. I would take a healthy Shai over any guy we have had on our roster since Wilson left.

I think a healthy Trey Edmunds would give him a run

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I agree, Trey was pretty good... but he definitely looked a lot more like a linebacker playing running back. Shai was a very natural, patient runner.

I don't even know what a LB playing RB means, let alone what it looks like. I don't know many LBs that could remotely break off a 65 yard TD run against Alabama.

McKenzie was a natural runner, but struggled against better athletes - even when healthy. He reminded me in some ways of that 5* RB Rutgers had about 5 years ago when they played VT in the bowl game. That guy looked the part, but wasn't as explosive as he was smooth and just got gobbled up by quality defenses.

I think a healthy Trey Edmunds was the best VT running back since David Wilson and it wasn't even close. There's a reason he's on an NFL roster as a RB.

Um, seriously? Go watch that TD run against Bama, he literally just ran straight untouched. Pretty much any football player can do that. A good running back gets you yards after contact, hits the correct holes with a burst of speed, is patient as his blockers develop, has good lateral quickness, and makes more than one defender tackle him. So if you are looking for an argument to defend Trey, the TD run is one of the worst you could come up with.

Yeah, I have my reservations about Trey being a great RB. He just didn't look the part of a decent running back hitting the hole while he was here, unless it was a gaping hole, especially his last couple years here. He didn't do much his last year at MD, either, although he might have been nicked up a bit. I think he probably made the Saints roster primarily as a special teamer, being versatile and able to do a lot of things, but I wouldn't call him a NFL-quality running back based on my last impressions of him. Maybe more time being coached up as a running back and getting his health back could help make him a NFL back. Just my take.

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If he's on an NFL roster as a running back - doesn't that make him, by definition, an NFL quality running back?

I agree. But I would also agree that he never made running the ball looked easy. He has a very odd jerky movement to him that never looked like a "natural" running back. However, his production was there when healthy. I would have loved seeing him finish as a hokie and put a healthy senior year together. But, I also think that of we are playing the health card, shai and Marshawn to me were better backs. That's why I get confused when anybody says we have been in such a recruiting slump for running backs. At one time I think there were 3 NFL backs on the roster, but all got the injury bug.

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Trey was originally recruited as a LB and then moved to RB because our depth was terrible there. Like you said, the saints obviously see him as a RB so he has skills there, but he's pretty much the definition of a LB playing RB. Hopefully he kills it as a RB in the NFL, we need all the NFL success we can get from our former players.

Hopefully he will be our version of Sony Michel. And for no reason other than I saw it and it was funny...

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The vid game or the movie...................? Freaking here.

Year 3 is coming up!

To me this is the single most important recruit in Fuente's era. I am really crossing my fingers that he comes home and helps take us to the next level

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Didn't we say that about KJ?

Well jolly man said "to him" it's devyn Ford. To others maybe KJ.

Definitely not KJ in comparison. KJ was a program changing caliber but not at a position of such need. I think our DE depth is fine without KJ but Ford can take our offense and make it playoff worthy.

Still think a top 5 DE is more impactful. DEs are maybe the most impactful position on the game outside of QB. And if he really doesn't live up to the hype, DEs tend to go number 1 in the draft. Having a top 3 draft pick from VT would be huge.

I'm wasn't denying his position and ranking is program-changing for a team like Tech, but in terms of need, Tech has enough above average DE's than elite RB's. What truly changes program perception are ACC Championships and playoff runs and looking at the roster talent, Tech needs a game-changing RB more than a DE right now.

I'd rather have Saquon Barkley than myles garrett

Me too, but we aren't talking known commodities here.

Sure, but myles garret is still the best case scenario for a number 1 recruit at DE, higher than KJ, and I'd still rather have a blue chip rb. We've had 3 and they've all been all Americans

I guess I just see the gap between a recruit like KJ Henry and Ford. All things equal is take the RB probably.

Most important seems to imply that we have some kind of pre-existing shot with him. We made a bold effort with KJ but we were never the favorites, and it's not like he grew up a VT fan and switched to Clemson at the last second (Clelin Ferrell).

The big difference is that KJ was never a VT lean or projected to go to VT. Fans were hopeful, but not expecting him to commit. Clemson was ALWAYS the favorite.

It sounds like VT has been in the lead for Ford.

They mean something when commitment is close. If he really is committing this summer year then it's good news

No insult to you, but these mean $#!T. These only matter hours before he actually commits. CBs are useless otherwise.

They're just an indicator. Nothing more, nothing less.

But like the man said, encouraging.

They seem to be much better indicators when they are for a student athlete going to another program than they are when they are for us. It's a corallary of the theory of relativity.

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Commitment maybe?

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

I think it's probably just a top group. But a commitment from him this early would do wonders for recruiting momentum.

If he commits today, I will go up a donor level

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A talent this large doesn't make a commitment on twitter. Early in December, he said he was releasing a top 6 soon.. that has not happened. I expect this to be his top 5-6.

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VT on the top row, right side.

Top row means it's one of his top choices. Right side because Stafford is the top right part of Virginia. Virginia Tech is in Virginia. He's staying home.

He talks about his choices here.

VIRGINIA TECH

Q: It was once rumored that the Hokies are atop your list. Have you ranked your top six at all?

A: I don't have a top out of the six. Everybody's on the same level.

Q: Your coach, Joe Mangano, mentioned that the Hokies informed him from the beginning they want to build a fence around you. Does that level of commitment make a difference?

A: Yes sir it does. Tech is just Tech. They've been there from the beginning. I love the offense. It fits exactly how I want to play. It's comfortable there.

He also wears jerseys with stripes on them. Since we do as well, it only adds to the scientific conclusion that he is coming to VT. Also, this means we shouldn't change our current jerseys.

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

Well, I know he's just one dude, and I won't get my hopes up. But there is a lot of offensive talent on its way to Blackburg and he is the missing piece.

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

Amen to that. If you're him, with his skill set, this offense (with this group incoming) is a great fit. And he'll make a huge impact in our recruiting future.

And I've already said too much I'm gonna stop typing now

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

I'm a former North Stafford alum. Would love for Ford to come to VT. My brother in law told me he talked to him after a game awhile back, and he said he was considering Michigan (my brother is a big Michigan fan). I'm surprised that they didn't make his top 6.

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I'm not. I think kids are starting to see that antics don't equal success.

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Agreed, JH is losing a lot of steam I hear form the alums up that way. It's going to be hard to hold off the big boys, most notably Clemson. We'll see how it plays out, he surely is one of Fuente's most marquee recruits/must haves in this short tenure.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

He says Clemson is recruiting him at corner. If that's true and they have no plans to ever have him play RB then I like our chances over them. I don't see any way he doesn't play RB at the next level.

That tidbit was interesting to me, they aren't exactly stacked at runningback. Etienne is extremely promising, I would love to have him here, but he is yet to have a good game against a top defense, and Feaster is a junior next year.

Considering Stafford is about an hour from Richmond, if Shane Beamer is involved with Ford's recruitment at Oklahoma then that should pretty well rule them out.

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It's going to feel so good to beat out those other teams!!!

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