Buzz Williams scores again on the recruiting trail.
Hello. Either you survived my exceedingly lengthy previous World Cup previews and for some ungodly reason came back for more or you just stumbled on this and have no idea what you're in for. If you're new, welcome! For those of you unfamiliar with soccer, we're comparing the countries participating in the World Cup to those college football programs you know much better. We aim for brevity, seriousness and non-controversial statements about Landon Donovan.
Brian had me on as a guest of The JD Howell Show this evening. The conversation is about 18 minutes long and we discussed a wide range of topics. If you're interested, listen below, and feel free to toss out your own thoughts to Brian's questions.
Will Virginia Tech make Austin Clark's Top-4? The stud offensive tackle visited Blacksburg this week.
Corey Marshall is expected to be a crucial cog in Bud Foster's defense this fall. What will his role be?
Guys, it's finally here! The offseason is in full force, meaning that every single outlet covering Tech sports is desperate for content. It's why Andy Bitter ranks things, Mark Berman writes about softball, and Mike Barber can run away to a beach somewhere. Internally, it's how I convince Joe to let me write more of my, let's call them unconventional, columns (remember, I'm the guy that compared ACC quarterbacks to Mario Kart characters).
When you think about it the search for a new quarterback is quite like the Houses of Westeros' neverending quest to sit on the Iron Throne. It's a long, painful, and heartbreaking process to compete for a job that seems a lot more awesome when you're not actually doing it. Sure, the gig has produced a few legends, but it creates a lot more infamous leaders than famous ones.
Who will sit on Blacksburg's Iron Throne and win the quarterback competition this season?
Mike London is no stranger to showing off his dance moves. According to the video description, he led a Cupid Shuffle at the end of the Mike London's Women's Football Camp. If you listen closely, you can hear him say something along the lines of making this video go viral. As of right now, the video has 340 views, which is more than fans at the UVa spring game, but not enough to be considered viral. Coach London, I helped you out by posting this for our readers. I know Hokie Nation will enjoy it and pass it along.
Mike London doing the Cupid Shuffle.
Defensive back DuWayne Johnson verbally committed to the Hokies on February 8th while attending a Virginia Tech junior day event. Today the 6-1, 160 pound H.D. Woodson standout answers your questions.
Your Hudl film shows you can line up at either boundary or field corner positions, though the tape seems to show you close to the line on the boundary side a bit more often. Do you feel more comfortable in one alignment or another, and have Tech's coaches discussed how your skills fit in the secondary scheme? — VTGuitarMan
2015 verbal commitment DuWayne Johnson answers your questions.
6-4, 242-pound Good Counsel (Olney, MD) star defensive end Darius Fullwood is set to make his college decision at the end of June. Dee, as he prefers to be called, will decide between Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, and Georgia Tech on June 28th. He will visit Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Kentucky again before deciding.
DE Darius Fullwood is one of the top 2015 cycle prospects in the state of Maryland. The Hokies made his top-5.
This is my take on the $15 NBA all-time starting lineup that made the rounds on the Interwebs last week. The rules should be pretty self explanatory. Leave your team along with any draft rational in the comments below and ease into Monday morning.
Here's $18, pick an offense, score some points.
Virginia Tech targets were competing today at the Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) in Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State). Even though no one from this website was in attendance, thanks to to magic of the Internet we have updates.
Mark Trible spoke to Hopewell's Darrell Taylor at the beginning of April, and since then his recruiting has exploded. In that article, Hopewell Coach Ricky Irby clued us in on Taylor being an athletic freak. Taylor's now a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. Early in the process he was thought to be a Hokie lean in part because his cousin Tabyus Taylor signed with Tech in 2015. His top five schools are: Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. He's set to decide this summer. Bud Elliott of SBNation.com posted an excellent interview from today.
Hokies 2015 recruiting targets compete in Nike Camp.
Steelemas has come early for Virginia Tech fans. Steele has Tech ranked 29th in his 2014 top 40 countdown. Unless his methodology has changed, Steele's preseason top 40 is a projection of where he believes teams will finish in the final rankings. In other words, it's not a power ratings.
His capsule is always an excellent overview of where the program has been the last few seasons, and where it might be headed. Baring any injuries, I complete agree with his defensive starting lineup. However, I think the offensive front-five is a bit jumbled. I think Farris will start at center, and two of the three of Conte, Teller, and Smith will be the guards. Brent Benedict's status is up in the air, but even if healthy I'm not sure if he would've regained a starting spot. At the very least, it's a positive that there are a lot of o-linemen on the roster with starting/game experience that can play a variety of positions.
Football guru Phil Steele pegs the Hokies to finish 29th in the final rankings.
Hello. Last week I did an introduction to the World Cup for you, and this week I'll look at a bunch more teams that will be participating in the tournament next month. To start with, however, some concerned readers have sent in questions that I've answered below. If you have anything you'd like to see addressed in the next installment, please leave a comment below and I'd be happy to make up an answer.
Four years ago, Damien Dozier was a 5-foot-11 safety for Enloe High School's football team in Raleigh, N.C.
Now, he's a 6-foot-5, 215-pound outside linebacker and rush end.
"I'd like to focus on mastering my position," Dozier says. "I want to make sure I know the game. With my positions and roles, I've been all over the field in high school football."
Virginia Tech offered another under-the-radar prospect.
Carson Lydon announced his verbal pledge to the Hokies via his Twitter this evening. Lydon is a 6-1, 231 pound linebacker from Tarpon Springs, Florida (East Lake). He's rated as a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite. According to 247Sports, he had offers from Central Florida, Boston College, Duke, and Syracuse among other schools.
Virginia Tech secured its fifth verbal pledge of the 2015 cycle.
It's a preseason poll and ranking from a preseason magazine that trades in topical analysis. However, it's May so it gives us something to talk about, as well as a bit of insight into Tech's national perception. Athlon predicts Tech will finish No. 1 in the ACC Coastal. As has been said many times before, Tech avoiding Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville in the Atlantic Division bodes well for the Hokies return to Charlotte.
What did Athlon Sports have to say about the Hokies 2014 football team?
Back in March, French published an excellent analysis of incoming quarterback transfer Michael Brewer. Given the limited film available, he did as thorough a job as possible. However, French's breakdown focussed on X's and O's gleaned from the tape; how Brewer throws moving outside the pocket, his arm strength, throwing motion, and concern over batted balls. Unfortunately, there was no discussion of the intangibles: moxy, leadership, desire.
Kyle Fuller being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL Draft helped Virginia Tech build upon its reputation as DBU. The Hokies return two sophomore cornerbacks with elite potential in Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson, while highly recruited safety prospects Holland Fisher and C.J. Reavis join the program this fall. With this strong foundation in place, Coach Torrian Gray has been hot on the recruiting trail looking for the next generation of terrific Hokie defensive backs.
Update: Virginia Tech commented on Shurburtt's report via its Twitter account. Contrary to what was reported by Shurburtt earlier, Brent is not in the hospital and is at his parent's home in Greenville, S.C. doing fine. Brent suffered a left ankle injury during spring ball and developed deep venous thrombosis after the April practices concluded. A decision on his football status hasn't been made.
Following the '99 campaign, the conversation in the offseason among Hokie Nation always boiled down to Tech's chances of winning the national championship. At least that's how I remember it.
"We're thin along the d-line, but Tyrod will put up enough points to beat Boise, and the rest of the schedule sets up perfectly," someone (probably me) said in August 2010.