Looking ahead to 2012 Recruiting

Editor's Note: The perfect segue from this morning's post.

This year more than ever, I got into the nitty-gritty of following VT recruiting, spending entirely too much time concerned over the decision-making process of 17 and 18 year old strangers. I definitely picked the wrong year to take it so seriously. No reason to stop now.

Here's a list of the early top-25 players for the state of Virginia:

What are your thoughts? Who do we need a most? Who do we have no shot at?

Hokies Coast Past Wake Forest 76-62

Virginia Tech did what it had to do on the road in Winston-Salem Tuesday night, taking care of business with a 76-62 win over Wake Forest. The win improves Tech to 8-5 in the ACC and sets the stage for a showdown on a national stage with Duke on Saturday.

The Hokies got off to a slow start, leading by just two at 20-18 with six minutes to go in the first, but went on an 18-7 run to finish the half and open up a 13-point advantage at halftime. The spurt was keyed by two three-pointers from Jarell Eddie, playing in his first game since being charged with possession of marijuana last week. He did not play in Saturday's loss at UVA. Tech shot 56 percent in the first half, highlighted by the 6-for-10 performance in the last six minutes. Even more impressive was that the Hokies did all of that despite turning the ball over 11 times in the first 20 minutes.

It was much of the same shooting-wise for the Hokies in the second half, quickly expanding their advantage to 20 points in the first six minutes at 51-31. The lead swelled to 21 at 69-48 with six minutes remaining before Wake Forest hit some shots at the end to close the final margin to 14, the Deacs' second-lowest margin of defeat in ACC play this year.

Eddie had his best game as a Hokie, scoring 17 points to set a new career-high, surpassing his old total of 12 set last month against Wake Forest. The freshman from Charlotte was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Wake Forest (Game 2) Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (17-8, 7-5 ACC) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-19, 1-11 ACC)

When: Tuesday, February 22 @ 7:00 p.m.


Where: Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC

The Opponent: The Hokies begin a crucial week of ACC play with a trip to Winston-Salem to take on the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Deacs are just 1-11 in the ACC with the lone win being a 76-61 victory against Virginia on January 29. Wake is losing their conference games by an average of 20 points per game, and that includes a one-point defeat to Miami two weeks ago.

The Deacs currently have an RPI of 245, which is only better than five of Tech's opponents: Campbell, UNCG, Cal State Northridge, USC-Upstate, and Longwood. Needless to say this game is a must win. A loss in Winston-Salem tonight would be the proverbial nail in the coffin for Tech's at-large hopes.

Here’s a look at Wake Forest’s starting lineup:

Mike O'Cain is our new Offensive Coordinator*; Replaces Bryan Stinespring

The new recruiting territories leaked earlier takes a backseat to the blockbuster news that Bryan Stinespring will no longer be calling offensive plays for the Hokies. He'll be coaching tackles and tight ends and Curt Newsome will only be coaching interior linemen. How many Hokie line coaches does it take to screw in a light bulb anyways?

These latest changes seem to be the culmination to a total staff makeover. The Frankinator is no longer taking prisoners.

This flip-flop doesn't titillate me as much as it probably should though. Most recently O'Cain has been coaching quarterbacks at Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor pointed to him as much as any other coach for his success in Blacksburg. Before coming to Blacksburg he served as:

  • 2004: Clemson offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
  • 2001-03 Clemson: quarterbacks
  • 2000 North Carolina: offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
  • 1993-99 NC State: head coach

so he's got the experience, just lacks the flash, splash and sizzle as say The Fridge would have had.

What do you guys think?

*Stinespring could still retain the title of offensive coordinator, but if he's not calling the plays that would make him the Queen of England Blacksburg.

UVA Uses Three-Point Barrage to Sweep Tech 61-54

Virginia hit 11 three-pointers, including 6-of-10 in the first half, to build an insurmountable 15-point lead as the Cavs finished off a sweep of the Hokies with a 61-54 win in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon. The inexplicable loss sends Virginia Tech back to the bubble, something Hokie fans have become accustomed to in recent years. In a slight bit of good news, Tech stayed a game ahead of Boston College for fourth place in the ACC as the Eagles fell to North Carolina.

Tech was sloppy with the ball from the get go, turning the ball over eight times in the first 15 minutes. UVA wasn't much better, turning it over six times in the same span. Neither team was great from the field either, which led to some rather ugly basketball. That was until the 'Hoos hit four three-pointers to create separate runs of 8-0 and 7-1 to end the half up 28-23. Most of the three's were incredible shots that found a way in late in the shot clock. In fact, UVA was 6-of-10 from deep in the first half, but just 5-of-14 from inside the arc.

Virginia (Game 2) Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (17-7, 7-4 ACC) @ Virginia Cavaliers (12-13, 3-8 ACC)

When: Saturday, February 19 @ 1:00 p.m.

TV: ACC Network

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

The Opponent: The Hokies take their two-game winning streak to Charlottesville for a rematch with the Cavaliers Saturday afternoon. Tech lost to UVA back on December 5, 57-54, thanks primarily to a slow start. UVA led by as many as 16 in the first half before the Hokies came roaring back to get within two before falling by three.

Things are much different now, as Tech has won 13 of 16 since and the Wahoos have gone 7-10, including 2-8 in their last 10. UVA has had trouble scoring, failing to reach 50 points in three of those last 10, including a season-low 41 points against Duke on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at their projected starting lineup:


It's OK to wake up, you're not dreaming. On Monday afternoon Hokie Nation got exactly what we've been clamoring for since the Orange Bowl thumping and recruiting disaster(s), change. It was only one change, but to be overly dramatic, yet precisely accurate, it's a "Change We Can Believe In".

Billy Hite was the longest tenured football coach at Virginia Tech. He's been coaching running backs since 1980, under then head coach Bill Dooley. The backs Hite mentored and developed decorate the Hokies' record book–ten of eleven season rushing leaders, nine of eleven career rushing leaders and 26 of his backs inked NFL contracts. Ut Prosim, "That I May Serve", and Coach Hite did so loyally, professionally and successfully for 33 years as a coach and will continue to do so as assistant to the head coach and senior advisor.

By all accounts Shane Beamer is a tremendous young coach, relatable, well-versed, and he recruits like an animal.

Shane Beamer's first class as the recruiting coordinator (2009) for the Gamecocks was ranked as the nation's 12th-best class by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. South Carolina's 2010 class included running back Marcus Lattimore, the No. 10 player in the country according to Rivals.com, and the 2011 class was highlighted by Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus No. 1 player in the nation.


As Hokie fans are already aware, there have been some new puzzle pieces added to an already crowded board. Below is a table of the coaches showing their old and new positions.

Total Team Effort Leads Tech Past Maryland 91-83

Trailing by one with just over five minutes to go, Malcolm Delaney and Erick Green went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to help push the Hokies past Maryland 91-83 on Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum. Delaney and Green combined for 42 points as the Hokies won for the 13th time in their last 16 games to improve to 17-7 on the season and 7-4 in the ACC, a full game ahead of Boston College and Clemson for fourth place in the ACC.

Neither team had led by more than five in the second half before the 9-0 run from Tech. Delaney hit two free throws to give the Hokies their first lead at 77-76 to start the run, and then hit a jumper with 4:36 left to put the Hokies up three. After a missed three-pointer from Maryland, Green nailed a three-pointer from the wing as the shot clock expired to put the Hokies up 82-76 with 3:24 to play. Delaney added two free throws with 1:14 left to give Tech their largest lead of the second half at 84-76.

Turkeys-Turtles Live Blog

Seth called it a separation game, so we felt it was worthy of a live blog. If you're not going to be at the Cassell join us here at 8:00 PM. The chat is after the jump.

Only 200 Days Away, Time for A Way too Early Schedule breakdown

It's not even the start of spring practice but I'm already chomping at the bit for start of football season which is exactly 200 days away. VT has just gotten two big V-day gifts in Shane Beamer coming back home as well as the schedule coming out. I personally love the schedule and it's relieving to not have an early tough out of conference game this year for this young Tyrod-less squad.

Maryland (Game 2) Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (16-7, 6-4 ACC) vs Maryland Terrapins (16-9, 5-5 ACC)

When: Tuesday, February 15 @ 8:00 p.m.

TV: ACC Network

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bubble Battle Part II. The Hokies took Bubble Battle Part I back on January 21 against the Terps 74-57 and have won four of six since. In what is sure to be a wild environment, the Hokies have the potential to dampen Maryland's NCAA tournament chances and solidify fourth place in the ACC with a victory in Blacksburg tonight

The Terps have won five of seven since playing the Hokies, but are coming off a 76-72 loss at Boston College on Saturday. Maryland is one game back of Tech, but sits in seventh place as Boston College and Clemson stand in between the two at 6-5 in conference play. Obviously, this game has massive implications on how the conference race will shakeout in the final three weeks.

Here’s the projected starting lineups for the Terps:

Hokies 2011 Football Schedule Released

September 10th - @East Carolina
September 17th -ARKANSAS STATE
September 24th - @Marshall
October 1st - CLEMSON
October 8th - MIAMI
October 15th @Wake Forest
October 29th @Duke
November 10th @ Georgia Tech
November 17th UNC
November 26th at Virginia

We don't have a single Thursday night game. It's time to riot. Whoops, we can't do math. We have two of them @GT and home against UNC. We guess the ACC reused the 2009 template.