2013 Recruiting: Anthony Shegog

Anthony Shegog is a 6-2, 195 pound do-it-all player for the North Stafford Wolverines (Stafford, VA). He plays on both sides of the ball at a myriad of positions, namely: linebacker, safety, wide receiver and running back. He was recognized in 2011 as an All-Met defensive honorable mention, first team all-Commonwealth District performer at defensive back and second team selection at wide receiver. He prefers playing receiver to running back because, as he put it, "I can just use my body to come up and get the ball over the, usually, smaller corner backs." However, he's being recruited to play safety in college. While he says mostly his size sets him apart from other players at his position(s), he's also trying to increase his speed.

"Last summer, I did a 4.6 on a 40 and I'm trying to get to a low 4.5."

Shegog, who is ranked by VirginiaPreps.com as the 28th best prospect in the Commonwealth, visited Virginia Tech last Saturday for junior day. He met with Bud Foster (his primary recruiter), Torrian Gray and Frank Beamer. "I liked it a lot. The coaches are real friendly, and they have great facilities," he said of his trip. What stood out to him the most, "I really liked the weight room, because it's not too big or too small, the right amount of people get in to do their weights." Shegog left Blacksburg with a scholarship offer.

Report: James Farrow to Transfer

Update: It looks likes Virginia Tech is denying Allen Trieu's original report. Andy Bitter Tweeted the following: "Virginia Tech says CB James Farrow has not been granted a release. http://Scout.com tweet says he has with intent to transfer. #Hokies". Mark Giannotto then Tweeted "Torrian Gray, Farrow's position coach and recruiter, said this is the first he's heard about Farrow potentially transferring. #Hokies".

I followed up with Trieu on Twitter about Tech's denial.

It seems like he spoke with Farrow this morning. Farrow himself Tweeted the following (1, 2) about an hour ago.

Draw your own conclusions about what's happening. My original post is as follows.


This report is according to Allen Trieu of Scout.com (Fox Sports NEXT).

UVA Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (15-12, 4-8) vs Virginia Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5)

When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 p.m.

TV: ESPNU (Carter Blackburn and Jay Williams)

Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA

The Hokies and 'Hoos renew their rivalry inside Cassell tonight nearly a month to the day after their first meeting, a 47-45 Virginia Tech victory in Charlottesville. Here's what I wrote prior to the first game:

As you can see, there isn’t much offense from the Hoos outside of their two starts, Joe Harris and Mike Scott. Harris loves to shoot the three, as he did pretty well against the Hokies last year (6-10 in two games). He’s taken 85 attempts from beyond the arc this year, and is making about 39 percent of those attempts. This year, though, he has started to create a game inside the arc, where he’s shooting right around 47 percent.

The real story for UVA, though, is super senior Mike Scott. After missing the majority of last year with a knee injury, Scott received a medical redshirt and is taking full advantage. He is a legitimate candidate for the ACC MVP and has absolutely shredded the Hokies in his previous four years at UVA. He’s scored 20+ points in each of the last three games and is averaging nearly 15ppg against Tech during his career to go along with eight boards per game.

Hokie Tracks Attended Junior Day

The coaches have determined the starting secondary for the beginning of spring ball. This is according to Torrian Gray and as always I MUST CREDIT BEAMERBALL.COM. Kyshoen Jarrett is moving from cornerback to free safety. Michael Cole and Theron Norman are the number two and three guys behind him. Exum stays at rover ahead of Boye Aromire and Ronny Vandyke. Field and boundary corner are Detrick Bonner and Kyle Fuller respectively. Fuller could also work at safety, Vandyke at Whip. It looks like they want Jarrett to be the man at safety.

Bruce Feldman lists running back Michael Holmes as one of his ten most intriguing redshirt freshmen.

#20 FSU Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (14-11, 3-7) @ #20 Florida State Seminoles (17-7, 8-2)

When: Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore, and Jeannine Edwards)

Where: Donald Tucker Center (12,200), Tallahassee, FL

Well, we're down to the final three weeks of the ACC season, and barring a miraculous turnaround, the Hokies seem destined for a sub-.500 ACC finish down the stretch. Things have been tough for Tech and the NIT seems like a probable destination (AD Jim Weaver said Tech would decline invites to the CBI or CIT-read more here), but I doubt a No. 1 seed is in Tech's future. Heck, who knows if we even make the NIT at this point.

So the goal in these last couple weeks comes down to developing talent and getting the younger guys minutes and experience for the next couple seasons. That's going to be tough to do tonight as the Hokies travel to Florida State, one of the hottest teams in the ACC. The last time these two met, both were looking to avoid 0-2 holes in conference play. FSU won the game 63-59 and has since won seven of eight, while the wheels fell off Tech's wagon by losing five of the next six.

Support the Bass Fishing Team

The Bass Fishing Team at Virginia Tech is a student run organization. Like any other student organization the total of their bankroll depends on the generosity of others. Team president Jody White asked me if I could help spread the word for their upcoming 1st Annual Fundraising Open. I was happy to oblige.

The complete release is as follows.

The Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team is excited to present their first annual Smith Mountain Lake Open. It will be held March 4th in conjunction with Angler's Choice Marine. Angler's Choice Marine has been running high quality tournaments across Virginia since 2007 and is the leading bass boat dealer in the state. Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team Vice President Pat Snellings says "we are excited to partner with Angler's Choice for this tournament; it should be a great opportunity for both sides and a lot of fun for all who participate."

The tournament will be a team format with a $100 entry fee per team. There will also be a raffle with prizes from JB Custom Rods, Keel Shield, Stick Jacket Fishing Rod Covers and, maybe more! Event t-shirts will be available at the tournament!

For more information you can go to www.hokiebass.com or find the Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team on Facebook or Google Plus.

You can contact the Virginia Tech Bass Fishing Team President Jody White at jody4212 [AT] vt.edu.

Let's Talk about the Defense

Bud Foster is candid. He doesn't mince words with coachspeak, or vagueness. When he talks, I'm all ears. Andy Bitter posted an interview with Bud (links are here for parts 1 and 2) and it goes a long way to figuring out what next year's defense will look like. It's very informative, so read both parts.

The most intriguing part of the conversation is about the secondary. The front-seven is experienced and everyone kind of knows what that group is going to look like. Although, Foster does divulge Chase Williams might move back to Mike to backup Jack Tyler while BRUUUUUUUUCE is out. Plus, Dadi Nicolas, Justin Taylor and Kris Harley look to be factors along the d-line. But, those guys will most likely be second or third string players. The defensive backfield needs to replace starters Jayron Hosley and Eddie Whitley while figuring out what the hell to do with Kyle Fuller. (It goes without saying, the latter is a good problem to have.)