June 2018 - recruiting thread

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HOKIES

I like how whenever you open up 247 it says there have been CBs for Jammie Robinson

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- Mike Burnup

Any high ranked DBs that like us that we have a shot with since depth seems an issue now?

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I heard Ben smiley committed to UVA and then decommitted 20 minutes later.

Couldn't help but lol

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This offseason sucks and the figurative recruiting sky is falling.

New Evan Watkins article names Notre Dame grad transfer Nick Watkins as a person of interest, not sure if he would be eligible for the 2018 season but that would be a YUGE get

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

Absolutely.

He's redoing his recruitment. But don't see how he'd be eligible this year.

Notre Dame isn't an ACC member (or any conference) and he's a grad transfer. So it seems to me he'd be eligible anywhere.

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

You don't think ND would block his transfer to a school they play this season?

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I don't believe you can block grad transfers if he is going to a school that has a program that the current school doesn't.

Beamon commits to PSU.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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with all these VA kids going to Pedophile U I hope we stomp them in the ground in 2020

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Bro

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PSU to Tech:

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Shane just mentioned he took the plans from Wake Forest. Daughter is crying. Frank is disappoint.

Also TIL Shane is the assistant head coach at Oklahoma along with Ruffin McNeill

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Return of the glove on a stick???

He is not any good.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Curious as to why you say so? I've heard the same from others but I've never watched him play so I really don't have much insight on him.

Doesn't stay consistently engaged, tries to win with his athleticism and isn't athletic enough to do it consistently. Isn't dominant in an area where there is a distinct lack of scholarship-worthy OL. He doesn't look like a guy with the bend to slant flat and then sit down in a gap. I just don't think he is a good fit. Eric Crosby was very similar... not a bad athlete but he wasn't ever going to play DL for Bud Foster.

They need Ricky Walkers. I just haven't had a chance to watch enough targets to see who fits that mold. Beamon at his best would be a very poor man's version of Barry Booker. And I don't think he plays with Booker's motor.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Ewww Barry Booker, no thanks.

Appreciate ya French.

No offense, but I thought Booker and Carlton Powell played pretty well in 2006. Booker appeared to be unblockable in that Wake Forest game.

Uh, Booker was an excellent DL, FFS he was a starting DT on the #1 defense in the country in 06 and the #4 defense in 07 and was a contributor on the 2005 #1 defense. Made 2nd team all-ACC too.

I have no idea how someone like Beamon is even being mentioned in the same sentence, even with the 'not as good as' caveat.

So I am going to apologize. I have been in the UVA cardiac ICU for several days, and tired hands and brains made for a poorly constructed response.

Beamon, to me, is a poor man's Booker. I meant that as recruits, they had similar frames and skill sets, except Booker was a little more enticing. Booker wasn't a highly regarded recruit. He was tweener that most teams would put in at DE but Bud had at DT and bulked up. However he worked his tail off to take his long frame and still be effective slanting in Bud's defense. Booker's biggest weakness is that he sometimes struggled to sit down and stay strong in his gap, and much of that has to do with his frame. I think Beamon's build and the way he moves is very similar.

However, when you watch every snap tape on Beamon, who is a tweener like Booker, he is much less dominant than you would expect. He has the same level of upside, but I didn't see anything to suggest that he would develop into a very solid player like Booker did.

Again, I am sorry. I wasn't trying to bang on Booker. I was trying to draw a comparison with very limited mental faculties.

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Don't mean to pry, so no need to elaborate of course, but hope everything's as good as it can be after the ICU.

I am as fine as I can be. My father had bypass surgery.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Hopefully his recovery is smooth and quick!

Thank you.

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Prayers and virtual hugs for you and yours, French.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Thank you. Dad is recovery and things are going ok.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

French with 10% mental acuity is about 10 times more astute than me at 100%. Appreciate all your insights and hope your father is feeling well ASAP.

Anyone have info on the camp that happened this past weekend?

Anybody know much about Jaden Payoute? He's a 2019 DB (6'3 195 unranked) out of L.C. Bird. We extended an offer yesterday and Watkins had a write up on him and put in a CB for him already. He is really high on the kid and it looks like in back to back camps he was running 4.4 40s. Even hand timed, to do this multiple times is pretty crazy and he's backed it up on the track as well. Not many P5 offers yet but seems like a freaky athlete.

I don't know man. I keep seeing all this back and forth discussion. Tons of offers going out, tons of injuries and other bad news coming in .it's just the yearly VT cycle that we all collectively put ourselves through. I mean, look at us, why do we do this? It's absurd we obsess like this over teenagers and a stupid game. It is really pathetic. I guess what I am trying to say is, I really hope this bet will Payoute.

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Is any of that serious or was it all just to get to your punchline at the end? Because I'm not obsessing I just asked about a new offer who is unranked but a top VT recruiting guy is really high on. The Devyn Ford thread was obsessive, one comment on a new offer is not.

All punchline my dude.

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Haha just had to be sure. What you were saying in a joking manner was not far outside of what some people would say on here.

I know you were just going for the pun in your last line, but this comment does bring to mind a segment on cheerleader recruiting from Outkick the Coverage a few years back:

Really, when you think about it, Rivals, Scout and 247 owe their entire businesses, by and large, to recruiting updates. A decent number of rabid fans are willing to pay nearly $10 a month to receive recruiting updates for their favorite schools and the 15, 16, and 17 year old boys they are recruiting. (Which sounds so incredibly creepy when you type it out. Imagine if cheerleading recruiting was covered this same way that football and basketball recruiting is now. "Kailtyn is just 15, but this class of 2019 member has a stellar future and is already getting a lot of recruiting attention from major programs. Her mom has great natural boobs and really long legs and a tiny waist. We feel like she has a great body for the future even if she hasn't fully developed yet."). Sure, you might like the message board too, but ultimately that business is a function of serving the most rabid fans possible recruiting information.

Recruiting these days is just a little bit on the creepy side, when you stop and think about it.

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Well yea it's creepy when you (not you, the author of that comment) use an ignorant comparison to cheerleading. It's literally just talking about a teenage girls body as if that's all there is to cheerleading. I was friends with competitive cheerleaders growing up and at that level it is about how good you are. If we were talking about 16 year old kids bodies it would be creepy but you're evaluating talent. You're watching these incredibly gifted kids play a sport and tracking where you think they will end up in college.

Yea you can make it sound creepy by making it seem like you're stalking children, but again that's not really accurate for most fanbases. I just think that comment blows it out of proportion and tries on purpose to make it sound creepy using a horrible analogy.

I have seen scouting reports reference frame and dad's body type to estimate how a player will project. The analogy isn't that far off except perhaps the body part referenced.

"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

Yea the kid is an athlete at 6'5 230 is completely different than calling out features on a girl that are describing how attractive she might be. It's saying the kid is going to be strong or going to be the right size for that position. That other comment was just saying oh this girl is going to be attractive. That is still very far off.

yeah and boxing is 2 shirtless dudes, that are overly concerned about their weight, fighting over a belt

yeah, and wrestling is....nevermind, this is a family site

Two more CBs for him, one from Sis and looks like 247 updated their rankings (not composite) on him to a 93 (4 star)...diamond in the rough perhaps just sitting in our backyard?

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Who enters those rankings and is it from multiple people? For example, Watkins just said he is super high on him so could he have seen he wasn't ranked and just go ahead and put a ranking in for him? Or does it need to be verified by a few people.

It's from their own scouting team, similar to what Rivals, ESPN, Scout, etc do.

From their site:

247Sports Ranking Contribution

247Sports produces ratings and rankings that contribute to the 247Sports Composite. These ratings can also be viewed along side the 247Sports Composite for a comparison.

247Sports has one of the industry's largest and most recognized national recruiting staffs. Led by industry veterans Barton Simmons and Jerry Meyer (basketball), 247Sports employs a staff of more than 50 reporters, analysts and evaluators that rank the nation's elite high school football and basketball recruits from multiple class years.

How 247Sports evaluates ...

Each recruit we evaluate is assigned a numerical rating as well as a star rating. Ratings are determined by our recruiting analysts after countless hours of personal observations, film evaluation, and input from our network of scouts.

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For context, Devyn Ford is rated a 93. So that would make this kid tied for the 2nd highest rated recruit in VA this cycle (per 247's rankings, not their composite). Seems odd that he'd just pop up out of no where.

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some players are late bloomers, he is class of 2019 so Junior film evaluations and rising senior summer camps are going to jumpstart a few careers

He has since received offers from Boston College, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Illinois in the past 24 hours. So schools are noticing

I watched his film. I wasn't too impressed with him on defense. It only showed him coming up in run support, and he didn't look all that physical doing that. If he can catch I would love to have that size and speed at WR, but that room is getting crowded and I'm still hoping we land Robinson and Hazel.

Just talked to my friend that was there and said he blew the camp away yesterday. Athleticism/size combo was "Farley-esque".

Chem PhD '16

Do you have any insight on which side of the ball he projects on? Or what position he primarily camped at?

He projects as a WR, then will play the most amazing spring game at CB. Then we will move him back to WR

What if there is an injury at CB?

We will put all our eggs in Freshman and transfers

Ask and ye shall receive!

I think he camped at DB but I'll double check that.

which side of the ball he projects on

The Penn State side?

/sssssseminoles

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

Hahaaa nice

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

The offers are rolling in now

Y'all are "Farley-obsessed"

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For good reason. Kid is gonna be a baller. Going to go out on a limb here and say he's going to be the best cb we've had since Kyle by the end of the 2019 season.

Huge limb, but I will not be mad at all if you're correct

From what I've heard, he's back to his pre-injury self, so he has as much ability as someone like D-Hall. Just a matter of grasping the mental part of it.

I'll call that bet. Kid looks good but there are way too many eggs in the basket of a kid who hasn't played a game yet. I hope he proves otherwise

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He won the 100 M state championship in 5A with a 10.67. Beck ran a 10.44 in 4A. Two very fast dudes.

Like madden go routes. Too bad LT3 isn't here to chuck the deep ball

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Payoute clocked a 10.6 100m, taking first place in Class 5 outdoor championships this past weekend. Only Cole Beck had a faster 100m time in the state this year. Kid is long and can fly.

EDIT: I was beaten to the punch by a few hourse, should have scrolled all the way before posting.

Hakeen Beamon goes to LCB, I hope he doesn't influence Payoute to go to a place I hate so bad I won't name!

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

I think Beamon is transferring to Manchester for his senior year. Of course we did just offer William Pritchard 2019 OL from Manchester

Jamie Oakes (LOLUVA insider) just gave a CB to VT for Cam Kelly and I'm reading he is no longer a take at Clemson or PSU. Anybody with sauces know about this? Do we really have a shot after not making his top group?

Hopefully he doesn't push back his commitment date. He and Payoute would be nice pickups for us.

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

It would be kinda funny to go from getting smoked in state to having two of the top five players in the state

I would be so happy to have that laugh

More CBs (Sis and Watkins 0_0), and he's getting love from the Artis family (Keshon and his mom) on Twitter as well. Reading way between the lines....but since they're old teammates and friends, perhaps Cam'Ron has told them he's committing to the good guys?

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Both 247 insiders just CB'd him to us as well. I am no longer behind their paywall but there is a thread on their board started this morning about Kelly that has a lot of upvotes. He's supposed to announce later this morning. This could be fun. The other nugget about Kelly is that supposedly him and Ford fell in love with each other at Ford's official to PSU. How amazing would it be to land Kelly out of nowhere and leverage that to flip Ford.

Sorry guys, drank a little too much Orange and Maroon Kool-Aid this morning...

The other nugget about Kelly is that supposedly him and Ford fell in love with each other at Ford's official to PSU. How amazing would it be to land Kelly out of nowhere and leverage that to flip Ford.

If Kelly somehow picks us this morning, you will have single handedly created another reactionary 700 comment post on Devyn Ford.

Funny when Oakes gave his CB for Kelly to LOLUVA eveyone was all "he's notoriously terrible at CBs" and now that he flips to VT we're all ...

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O&M glasses do wonders! But to be fair, I think most people got excited more when they saw Matej and Watkins put their CBs in.

VT up to 26% on the CBs... It is weird being on this end of the great CB migration for a big time recruit on the morning of his commitment... Still not getting my hopes up.

There are some good names on those CBs, but I won't get my hopes all the way up until I see Wiltfong flip.

EDIT: Didn't know regardless of paywall you could see "foggy" CBs which is what Wiltfong put in three days ago. Hopes irrationally back up.

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That was absolutely perfect. Really nailed my irrationality right on the head.

Keep calm, Gobble on

I have no idea what's happening. Even if he commits to VT today, I will be very weary of him signing with us.

With how all over the place everything seems to be with him, I won't believe anything until a letter is faxed in. Still, a commitment from him today can only help with momentum and other related buzzwords.

This is kinda how I was feeling as well. If he commits it would be a nice boost of energy when it seems nothing has been going right for us as of late. But going from not making the top 8 to somehow getting a commitment out of nowhere wouldn't seem to carry much weight with so much time before NSD.

That's the craziest part is that we weren't in his top 8. I get he might not have been a take at his top two, but how are the other six not in the mix right now? This is all really strange.

He saw the implosion here over Ford and wanted to recreate it. He's convinced the insiders he's committing here before announcing PSU /s

you'd be tired of him signing with us?

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"wary" + "leery" = "weary"

Chem PhD '16

Lol leave it to me to somehow muck that up....

LA - I am in the same boat with waiting for signing day to get too excited about a guy that didn't have us top 8... But do you think there is any way at all that this opens a door with Ford?

My understanding is that Ford and Kelly are very close. Ford was quick to dump OSU when he lost trust in them, is there a chance that PSU pulling the scholly from Kelly puts questions in Ford's mind? This is clearly wishful thinking, but does it have any value? Or is Ford completely out of the question?

From my understanding, Ford and Kelly didn't really know each other until their PSU visit, where they really hit it off. The rumor is that they stayed up until the wee hours of the morning talking through their commitment to PSU, and that's what sealed the deal for Devyn. With that said, I think their relationship is a bit overblown. Remember those kids you met at summer camp that you swore would be your best friends forever and then permanently fell out of your life once the school year started? That's how I see their friendship.

Frustrating if that late night convo with Kelly "sealed" it and now Kelly is here and the guy we really NEED isn't....

Maybe instead of Hardee's coupons we can all chip in and send Kelly and Ford to summer camp together...

now Kelly is here and the guy we really NEED isn't....

I would make the argument that in light of recent news, Kelly is a guy we really NEED as well.

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95% of what I say is sarcastic. The other 5% is usually taken out of context.

Yeah I'm a big fan of Kelly but we have a lot of young talent at DB, not much experience.... At RB we have what I see as a talent gap between us and the schools we need to beat...

Probably, not really worth arguing who we need more and I am pumped for Kelly's commitment.

Looks like Cam wants early CB playing time

"If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is not for you." - Anonymous

Went to Le Sabre message boards to watch their reaction as it seems we might steal Kelly from them after Clemson and PSU went cold and saw a thread claiming Josh Jackson has been kicked out of school for cheating.

I have no sources other than seeing that post by a random UVa fan. Anyone know if it has legs? I'm assuming not and that it is just wishful thinking from deluded UVa fans.

That's being discussed in the Webb and Adonis thread. People are saying it's not JJ, but there are rumors about somebody else we don't know yet. You can get all the info over on that thread though.

Thanks for the heads up. I obviously stopped reading the Webb/Adonis thread. My comment probably doesn't belong in recruiting thread but I didn't want to start a thread with baseless information to ask a question and recruiting info is what lead me to the question.

no, what you're supposed to do is go dig up his recruitment thread and then ask the question on that thread /s

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Next time, please keep it out of the recruiting thread.

Signed,

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saw a thread claiming Josh Jackson has been kicked out of school for cheating.

Nah, those idiots just saw a picture of Jackson with a Hooker and assumed he was cheating.

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This is one Im not getting excited for until he signs. I suggest others do the same. I'm not trying to be a debby downer I just want people to know that the general feeling around him is "WTF"

Keep calm, Gobble on

It doesnt matter if he ever signs, we need some kind of exciting news and momentum going into the blacksburg cookout weekend..

When is that cookout weekend?

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

WE GOT A COMMITMENT FAM

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

Sabre will be in full meltdown mode soon. We weren't even in the top 8 when he announced. They are gonna be pissed.

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Sabre...pissed? Does it behave any other way?

JADEN PAYOUTTE GOT UPGRADED TO A 4 STAR, 3RD IN THE STATE!
WE HAVE A LEGIT CHANCE TO GET 3RD AND 5TH IN THE STATE!!!
EDIT: SECOND IN THE STATE (OVER FORD!!!!!!!!!!)

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

If Kelly and Ford Talking through the night about Committing together and now Kelly commits to us does it stand to reason that there is a chance Ford flips? I did recently donate to the Hokie Club, so maybe it's working.

Keaton just told me that Devyn Ford just said something cryptic in the group chat that confused him. Pair that with the fact Kelly was talking to Ford all through the night last night

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

Something cryptic about his status? or About Cam Kelly's status?

yeah, where are you going with this...? (the underlying message of Kelly flipping later vs Ford flipping later?)

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Seeing how Kelly just committed and he was talking to Ford all night, I would say the latter

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

Got it... not holding out hope but we'll see... do we know what Ford's comment was?

Bacon strips &
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I will see if I can get it

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

So.....?

So Tank land is Retweeting things on Twitter about coming to Tech, Tayvion Robinson is excited for Kelly, Devyn Ford tweeted at him and retweeted his commitment. Savion Jackson is committing in a week and we are in his top 5, any chance? Lastly, a lot of people on hear are making it seem Payoute is all but committed to us. Other than a few CBS yesterday when we were his biggest offer is there anything else to make you guys believe that? How many more Corners are we taking this class?

ALL THE CORNERS!

Well didnt Tank want to come to Tech but we backed off?

I think people are thinking this...

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Based on his film, Payoute would probably go to WR first and only play corner through the Caleb Farley route. 6'3 with that kind of speed can be a video game cheat code on offense. His film doesn't show a lot of corner and I'm not sure what side of the ball he impressed on in camp, but I'd put my money on him as a WR if we got him.

Can we not start thinking about Devyn Ford again? This feels like a teenage girl trying to convince herself she has a chance with her crush.

If this was Fuente's plan all along...i do not wish to play that man chess or poker

Alright, after questioning Keaton a bit more, I wasn't able to get the exact message, and he walked away, "in denial", saying he was 100% sure Ford was going to PSU
Listen guys, I know Keaton, it sounded like it was the exact opposite of that, like he was trying to cover up something

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

Until December or February, I am going to highly doubt that
Again, He was going to tell me what the actual message was, but then stopped mid-sentence, and quickly told me the message was of him and his girlfriend
I am inclined to not believe him

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

Cam's on the case

edit: okaaaaay (?), so I guess this needs an explainer. James tweeted at Cam'Ron, saying we need to get Devyn Ford on board. Cam read this and retweeted it to his own timeline. In the wake of Cam's commitment to the good guys, this would seem to indicate Cam agrees with James's sentiment and may be counted on to help recruit Devyn to Virginia Tech.

Cam'ron was tweeting at Keandre Lambert, James Copeland is trying to get Devyn back

And then Cam'ron retweeted it, which as far as I understand from the twitters, means he agrees with the content of the twit.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

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Nice gif. Still don't know what you think is wrong, though.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Stupid twitter-machine...

SPEAK ENGLISH.

Who is James Copeland again?

I appears he is

Husband, Father, Hokie Fanatic, Golf Addict, Patriotic, and lover of life.

But that's just from twitter so I'm not sure.

Hmmm sounds like someone who shouldnt be tweeting at 17 year old high school kids...

Good thing its only 100%

There's still 10% left to get to 110%

Let's Go

HOKIES

I feel like I follow recruiting pretty closely but you are going to have to explain to me who Keaton is...

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

This guy sauces.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

you are going to have to explain to me who Keaton is...

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The irony of this response gif is palpable

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

I've read this 3 times and have no idea what it's means

Pretty simple. Ice knows Keaton. Keaton went all "Nothing to see here, move along" when queried about Ford's recent group (of HS football recruits/friends) chat message.

Probably nothing, but I'll be interested to see how much having Kelly on board at VT can impact Ford's choice.

So any chance on Anthony Harris committing to VT tomorrow? 247 only has one prediction for UNC that was from almost a year ago and his teammate just committed there.

We are the only warm team on 247

Last time I inquired about him, along with the other safeties on our board I was told probably not. Not sure what the situation is but I believe we are a bit more high on Khalid Martin and don't want to take too many guys at that position. If anybody has any updated info please feel free to tell me I'm wrong.

Fuente needs to be reaching out to D. Ford.

- Ford talked a lot about trust - PSU basically pulled Kelly's offer
- Kelly had Ford totally hit it off during their PSU visit and it sounds like Kelly really talked Ford into committing to PSU
- Some of the PSU coaches did not conduct themselves well over a kid committing to another school yesterday.

It's slim to none and slim just left the building...

But then again a 4* that didn't have us in his top 8 just comitted so wtf do I know?

Keep calm, Gobble on

Every time I see one of their coaches, staff, or fans post something negative to us, I really really want to gut punch them and mention something about showers and facilities and bad things. I know it has been discussed in detail, but how they emerged from that whole atrocity and are at the level they are now with their chest puffed out is baffling. Personally I could not take a shower in a place where I know that stuff went on. You can't make that go away and they covered the cat shit up for years. I don't have the words, but I'd like to try and spell some out for some of those people. The sad thing is I don't think many of them care.

If PSU pulled back the offer, why were coaches salty about him committing to VT? Doesn't add up to me.

Edit...nevermind. I just saw where Penn St. Wanted him at safety but we were recruiting him as corner which is what he wanted most.

"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

Clemson wanted him at safety vs corner. Penn State was acting petty as opposed to salty. They're assholes and they want to rub it in that we are happy to take a highly rated recruit that they snubbed.

Recruit Prosim

I'm with you, brother. I hope the good guys are pouring it on for Ford again with renewed vigor.

Watkins to Houston, though he was a likely candidate to head here

Do we have a chance with Savion Jackson or Hellams?

Jackson - No chance.
Hellams - depends on whether or not Bama/Clemson have room/want him. If neither of those works out then it appears we're next in the pecking order if we have room

Do you think if we bring out Hellman that he'll bring out his best?

...and I'm starting the weekend because I can't read. And let's face it it's time.

Savion staying in-State

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

paging LA hokie, or BAG, since you guys have a connect what would be the best way to get the staff to look at a kid? ive got a kid. not rated by any sites. going to be a soph next year, QB. from jax fl. were a 3a school, won or lost state 4 years straight he played some last year but our school is super loyal and the SR played all year (mostly ran) this kid had visits with USC (the cock ones) UNC, BAMA, and has caught a lot of eyes of scouts that come to look at one of our OLINE guys (6"7" 280 beasttttttt! but his grades trash smh) Ide like to atleast get his tape on Fu's desk (QP replacement right on time) I wouldn't say hes a stud if he wasn't hes a guy I think they should get on now while hes fresh. before he blows up. thanks for any info you can provide. if anyone else has any other helpful info please send it to me here or you can email it to me. id love to keep the 904 to BBurg pipeline rolling. Isaiah, caleb, chatman, chung, on so on. id hate to see him get gobbled up by the UNCs of the world hes a bit under the radar now but he wont be. he has the size. athleticism, and hella arm strength. honesty he shouldn't be going to school at our school but hes home schooled and we have connects with the fam. shoot me a text or email or HMU on here but I prolly wont see it till Monday. hes at UNC today. ive reached out to some of my connects but they are mostly connects but they are mostly current or ex players and there is only so much they can do. tommy was one of my plugs and ive reached out to him as well but I want to cover all basis. (904) four-seven-six-9478 or dsmithey1983@ yahoooooooooo dots the com. thanks fellas.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

What's your kid's name? I'll text my buddy.

ridge Jacobs class of 2021.. hes wayyy under the radar. we don't have any VT connects at the school I coach at. university Christian in Jacksonville fl (sorry I was off line over the weekend with my son at FSU camp)

heres his 247 but again they don't have much on him anywhere.
247 ridge jacobs

- on a side note rocked all VT stuff to the camp while I was on the side watching my son put in work (he had a really good weekend and competed well against some older guys (hes class of 2022) had a bunch of FSU guys come up to me asking If I was ready for sept 3rd and that they were essentially going to destroy us and said I was disrespectful for wearing VT stuff out there lol I told him only was ill wear an FSU anything is if they offer my son. Did spend about 15 min talking to taggert after the camp was over and hes a pretty cool guy. I like him. I hope he does well at FSU just not on the 3rd of sept. Excited to see if he can bring that Oregon offense to FSU.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

hudl account

these are freshman season highlights.

he QBs for pro impact 7on7. the same place Isaiah ford played 7on7 and if you know anything about pro impact they churn out straight D1 power 5 STUDS non stop here in jax.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

I don't do much film analysis but this kid looks pretty good to me.

Concur^

I'll send his info to my buddy and request that he runs it up the ladder.

thanks fam! I appreciate it!

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Leg for the CalcKnowledge gif. Darius is such a neat guy.

Just call the football office and share the details with them

'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 got a #? lol and what are the chances they'll even look into it? I don't have a relationship with anyone on the staff that would trust me as a coach to think that im giving them any valuable information and that im nothing more than a "hey this kid is good you should sign him" which they probably get a ton of everyday. I reached out to reamon over the weekend and he gave me a little bit of helpful info. So working on getting some stuff together.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

You should call the football secretary and they'll route you. Of course they'll look in to it. Its been a while but I've done it.

'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'

Victor Iwuakor receives an offer from Buzz Williams and the Hokies. He is a power forward, 4 star from Texas

Class of 2019

I don't know why, but that alphabetical list makes me super happy, it just looks so clean. It probably helps that they're all relatively similar (loosely) in terms of color palate as well.

Those arent in alphabetical order - from left to right they are least likely to most likely....

Danny is always open
23 can't read

Nah man. If that's seriously his list, there's no way LOLUVa is in his top 5, much less his second choice.

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Well idk about the first 5, but you're certainly right about the last school on that list.

What position would he play for us?

Slot

With our recent luck I don't know if I want to make a player's top list

UNC just got a commitment from the player with the best name. S Storm Duck just committed to UNC, I guess he hasn't heard they can't play in storms

Makes sense...ducks hate getting their feathers wet

they thought he would be hurricane insurance

Anyone know what 2019 commit Jesse Hanson keeps tweeting about? Seems like something good is about to happen. On my phone, can't embed.

Payoute?

I hope so. He had recently said that he wasn't in a hurry to commit recently though

I got you fam...

Using /s is for cowards.

We will know tomorrow most likely.

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

Big ugly, or skill player?

So much happened today in Blacksburg. Writing up (on my iPad so it's taking longer) a whole post of social media posts by recruits. Some highlights include a female kicker trying out in front of the staff and a in state guard listing Tech in his top five.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Posttttttttt it!

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

Coach Davidson had a tweet saying "How you feel when the day ends so good" with snoop dancing.

Would embed but on my phone

Who is coach Davidson?

His profile said quality control coach.

Vance Vice liked his tweet

with snoop dancing

You did say Snoop. I mentally pictured Snoopy until I saw the embedded tweet. I guess I'm old.

Hokies making moves.... Stay tuned! 👀👀👀— Cam'Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) June 10, 2018 " />

I got you, fam.

Devyn Ford just tweeted something cryptic

I'm not holding my breath for him but Kelly was in his ear about not picking VT so who knows what the communication is like right now.

I think I was happier before I started following recruiting.

It's better for your health if you don't take every tweet from an 18 year old as being "cryptic."

Always choose joy.

Check yourself, before you wreck yourself
'Cause 'croots' cryptic tweets is bad for your health

The best way to follow recruits on Twitter is to not follow them.

If an 18 year old tweets something cryptic it's probably Drake lyrics

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

The telephone is ringing I say, "Hi, it's me. Who is there on the line?"
A voice says, "Hi, hello, how are you?"Well, I guess I'm doin' fine
He says, "It's three a.m., there's too much noise Don't you people ever want to go to bed?
Just 'cause you feel so good, Do you have to drive me out of my head ?"

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

WHAT IS WITH ALL THE CRYPTIC STUFF SOMEONE GIMME THE GOOD SAUCES

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

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


Was this about Payoute? Is there more to come?

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

Muchhhhhh better payoute is a big pick up where do the coaches see him on offense or defense?

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

DON'T LOOK NOW BUT OUR AVERAGE RECRUIT RANKING IS AN 89.44 (I.E. 4 STARS)!!!

#Idontcarehowearlyitis #Throwinglogicoutthewindow #Hypetraintothemax

Using /s is for cowards.

I cannot remember when was the last time our average hit above 0.8900. Although most likely it won't last until the end of this cycle, but I am gonna enjoy it right now.

Don't worry. CJF will go out and find a long-snapper and ruin the average again.

Guy just can't recruit.

/sssstarsmatter

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

All about the long game!

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Anybody have any information about Norell Pollard out of Florida? Presumably he'd be a DT for us... looks like he may have visited this weekend.

Solid offer list: UF Miami, Tenn, Lville, MissSt, NCSU, WVU.

6'1" DT should keep big boy interest low, right in our wheelhouse.

Those are some Big Dogs

Awesome to be in that group, great for VT... don't know if/how the numbers work at WR now with Payoute, but if they do then I hope Jacoby comes HOME!

Bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips

Well if he doesn't choose us, we'll just say the numbers didn't work and we had to withdraw our offer. Am I doing this right?

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I posted this in another thread, but Pinckney is now rated higher than Robinson... looks like Robinson has dropped a bit. Pinckney is bigger for sure, so I dunno what the plan is here if we end up in a position to have to choose who to take. Sucks being this tight on schollys when we actually have momentum.

Bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips

These guys that like us better hurry up and get onboard then.

I would take the first to commit. They're so similar it isn't wort trying to hold out for one and get neither.

Recruit Prosim

They aren't really very similar as players. Maybe close rankings wise, but there measurables are quite different, I'm sure there is a plan for either, or hopefully both

Bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips

Yea, Pinckney is more of a Tre Turner type. Robinson is a slot guy.

Is Pinckney a Payoute type? Maybe we already took the best of that guy.

1:25ish in his Hudl highlight, teammate triple blocks for a walk in touchdown.

Can't embed, someone help me out

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Play in question starts around 1:13 mark

Chem PhD '16

This is the guy I want most as a WR. Absolutely love his film. Polished route runner, plucks the ball out of the air and great body control to high point jumpballs. Come on Home Jacoby!!!

Any new news on the slew of RB offers we sent out following Fords commitment to some other team...

can't remember which team it was. /s

"That team is gonna win football games, ok, they've got good players and good schemes and all that kind of stuff, BUT NOT TODAY!!! NOT TODAY!!"
- CJF

I think Zonovan Knight is not going to be a Hokie unfortunately

What are the chances that we take 3 DT's with Kendricks, Pollard, and Jones?

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

So we have 8 Commitments now, Riley Simonds should make 9, who are the remaining 7-9 commitments going to be?

Or who is a take right now?

1. Isaiah Hazel/Jacoby Pickney/Tavyion Robinson (not sure how many we can take?)
2. Hellams if he falls to us (we are cooled on him i think)
3. Ardarious Jones
4. Nick Gallo
5. Jordan Houston
6. William pritchard
7. Any of the other RBs we offered

No particular order, not sure who else. Feel free to let me know if this is way off

Nick Gallo, as in brother to hokie Eric Gallo? If so can we please keep the brother train going.

Yes. Nick and Eric are brothers. Also have a brother at UMD

Ewww.

well then, I hope that Eric is his favorite brother and wants to follow in his footsteps.

3 DT. (Jones, Kendricks, Pollard, Ellies...)
1-2 RB (Gary, Houston, Griffin...)
Robinson
Gallo
QB if JJ drops (Clark maybe)
Simonds

Here would be my ideal remaining class:
Houston
Gary
Hazel
Robinson
Gallo/Biladeau
Simonds
Pritchard/Beaver
Jones
Kendricks
Pollard/Ellies/Wood/Hardy

Would also love to take Hellams but not sure how the numbers work out. Maybe him instead of a 4th OL.

I saw we didn't make BenSmileys top 10. Can someone enlighten me if VT showed any interest in the kid? He's huge

Pour some Beer on it

I think we were, but cooled on him

I think I remember reading we wanted him to play O-line and he wasn't interested. Or maybe we wanted to switch his D-line position and he wasn't interested.

Not interested. Evaluated him several times and like him more at OL than DT

Looks like we got 2 more on the books

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

Don't have VIP access on 247 but I could see that Brian Dohn (a National Recruiting Insider) just started a thread for Isaiah Hazel. Wiggins is listed as his primary so maybe it's him. Would be pretty nice to land three 4-stars in the span of a week for sure

That article is about the visits Hazel plans to take including some in July it definitely isn't implying he committed to Tech

So much for my wishful thinking... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mo.men.tum.

Any idea when we will get news to who it is? and How about that silent commit?

I think soon.

You will know about one of the silents before the end of the month, the other in another month or so probably.

So now we are up to 2 silent Commits? I'm assuming Simonds is one and he is announcing later this month, so this new one won't be announced until next month?

We've been at 2 for a while my friend

So this is a hype of an existing silent commit or #3?

Seems like a #3, the two silents seem to already have something planned

This is a new commit. Should come out soon in the next day or so.

Sweet. As always thanks for the insight LA

LA how do you think we finish out the class?

I think the last 7 or so spots are pretty predictable at this point.

Are you expecting less player attrition than in recent years? In a recent article by Matej Sis, if we expect the reasonable attrition to be 6-10 folks, plus 10 graduates, that puts us at 16-20 commits we can take. I know Fu is getting more of his guys which should lead to less attrition, but I gotta think we are taking more than 15 kids this year.

Right now we're at like 11 spots or something. Need some unexpected attrition to happen to get even to 14, much less 18

Any gray-shirt candidates?

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

If I understand the new 25-man rule correctly, greyshirts are either not possible anymore or they don't help the scholarship limit in any way.

No #sauces, but when there is this kind of talk right after visits or camps it's always wise to look to those guys first as we just saw with Payoute. I don't know everybody who visited, but I know Mario Kendricks was there and he is a huge need for us in this cycle. I wouldn't be surprised if it was him.

all the kids saw we scheduled MTSU and got on the hype train

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

I know you're being sarcastic, but still, it's a chance to use this gif:

via GIPHY

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

I know you're being sarcastic, but still, it's a chance to use this gif:

Chem PhD '16

This would be a good thing.

PS: BY GOD just looked at his 2017 stats on 24/7... 69 receptions for 1462 rec yds??? So he averaged 20+ yards per catch as a sophomore unfortunately bringing his average yd per catch DOWN from 26 his freshman year.

I know ypc really isn't that meaningful of a stat but those are an impressive amount of yards picked up.

LA and/or BAG, if this is our 3rd silent commit then just don't reply to this comment

EDIT: Also, in all seriousness, this kid is the top 2020 WR in the nation & from PA so stealing him from PSU's backyard would be some sweet sweet revenge

LA and/or BAG, if this is our 3rd silent commit then just reply to this comment

Bud/Wiles 2020

My gut says his recruitment is just starting.
New commit we will hear from soon is more likely Houston or a different RB, or Robinson.
The two silent commits are probably from Gallo, Simonds, Robinson (not sure who)
#nosauce

I believe Houston picked up an offer from michigan (little 'm' bc they scurred) yesterday. This change things with him?

Bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips &
bacon strips

The Hokies are undefeated in the Lechtenberg era.

Hopefully QP is in his ear talking about resurecting the Vick/Davis bomb.

FYI, those took place before either one of them was born. Might as well hope they are talking about Druck/Holmes or Robinson/Schneider.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

#PA2VA

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

Oh this is gonna be fun. Y'all are gonna like how this feels.....

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

I've heard that a few times before. Very rarely has anyone been wrong when they've told me that....

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

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

That is one of the greatest gifs I've seen on this site. Leg for you, sir.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Third leg?

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

Bud/Wiles 2020

BAG commented without acknowledging my comment. Holmon Wiggins coaches WR's, & tweeted about landing a playmaker. Julian Fleming is the #1 WR & therefore would certainly appear to be a playmaker. ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN. NOBODY CAN CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE. WHO'S WITH ME?!?!

Hey bud! Hate to bust your bubble. I'm on summer break, I'm not even reading these comments right now since I'm on daddy duty to a 4 and 2 year old. I post what I hear and let you guys react.

#daydrinkingduringnaptime

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

Hahaha just trying to have some fun with the news until the kid makes it official, whoever the kid is, & by your post I'm assuming it will be someone we're very excited to have. Appreciate all the info you provide & keep killing the dad game!

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

Tech's recruiters this week:
edit to fix gif on mobile

Looks oddly a lot like Lane Kiffin wearing a mullet wig.

It was a catch!

If I made a funny comment I probably stole it from Reddit.

Looks oddly a lot like Lane Kiffin Joey Freshwater wearing a mullet wig.

FTFY.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

They Live gets a leg!

Here's hoping a 4 or 5 star!

May was a rough month for me boys. May 18th started with me waking up at 4am with the worst stomach pain (worst pain period) I've ever felt in my life. Around 3pm the doctors were finally able to tell me for sure I had a kidney stone and give me some mf pain meds. Devyn Ford committed to Penn State sometime during this misery (though I have to admit during the midst of kidney stone I could not have cared where he went any less). Four days later I had another kidney stone on the other side. In addition to the horrible pain, I was then living in fear that my kidneys were about to start rapid firing stones so I had some solid anxiety on top of that.

June, however, has been off to a wonderful start. Went to Australia from the 2nd and just got back yesterday, and our summer recruiting has been off to an amazing start.

Please go to Australia more often, it seems to be linked to our recruiting success.
Thanks from TKP members.

Kidney stones are no joke. I have had them a couple times. They are terrible.

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

Demarco Hellams commits to Bama. Looks like Khalid Martin is all that's left on the DB board, hope we can land him to round out a really solid DB class.

So I'm confused how many silent commits are hiding in the shadows now I last thought it was only one

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

3

Jakeleft

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

I want to downvote this just because I cant stand bron. but I wont because community guidelines and all. but BOO this man! (Yay for the 1,2,3 recruits but I don't want to end up winning only 3 and losing 6)

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

I want to downvote this because I don't understand anyone that "can't stand bron", but I won't because community guidelines and all.

simple answer- Celtics fan. (has nothing to do with him personally just on the court)

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

OOh. That's acceptable (and understood).

I don't even know how many LeBron won. I just don't follow the NBA. But the gif seems to fit the mood of counting silent verbals.

agreed! wasn't trying to spill your drink. (LeBron gets me in my feelings keeps keeping my team out of the finals)

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

We've gotten 2 CBs for Mario Kendrick's in last day

Plans on announcing on the 27th and doesn't have any other visits planned, according to 247. And no, he's not a silent.

LA, can you reach into your BAG and pull out some Defensive Tackles and Defensive Ends? Thanks!

Signed,

Hokie Nation

Not sure BAG would appreciate that too much...

You're not touching my tackle and end!

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

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

Jesus, BAG.