DT Cam Goode Plans a Visit to Blacksburg for an Up-Close Look at a "Powerhouse" Program

After offering the "twitchy" DT last month, the Hokies are ready to give Goode his first tour of Tech.

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The Hokies didn't exactly have perfect timing when they decided to offer 2018 DT Cam Goode of St. John's College HS in Washington D.C.

Not only was Goode on an unofficial visit to Wake Forest when Justin Fuente tried to get in touch with him on Feb. 18, but he was actually meeting with head coach Dave Clawson himself when he felt his phone buzzing.

"I was like, 'It's probably just one of my friends,'" Goode told The Key Play. "But I opened my phone when I got out of the coach's office, and I saw it was the Virginia Tech coach. So I called him back, and he was like 'Cam, we have a surprise for you.'"

Goode was a bit puzzled, because Fuente kept talking about how he was looking forward to seeing the rising senior later that day and giving him some good news. Of course, he was still in Winston-Salem, so he couldn't quite figure out what Fuente was talking about.

"I thought he had the wrong person," Goode said. "And I was like, 'Coach, I think you're mixing me up with somebody else, unless I told you I was coming to a junior day soon or something,' and he was like, 'Yeah, you told me you were coming to one of our junior days, but I thought it was today.'"

Thoroughly confused now, Goode called DL coach Charley Wiles instead. When the pair connected, Wiles finally shed a little light on why the Hokies decided to interrupt his visit.

"He told me 'Cam, we're gonna offer you a full scholarship, we've been watching you since your sophomore year and now we want to make it final and offer you a scholarship to Virginia Tech,'" Goode said. "And I didn't really want to show it, because I was at Wake Forest, and I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I just got an offer from Virginia Tech.' But I was with the Wake Forest coaches, and that doesn't click well, those are ACC rivals."

So Goode waited until he could get back in the car with his parents. At first, he says they didn't even believe him — only after he showed them the texts and calls with Tech's coaches did they accept it.

But Goode understands their skepticism, since he could scarcely believe the news himself.

"I was shocked because Virginia Tech is a powerhouse football team and they're known for their defense," Goode said. "One of the best defenses in America just offered me a scholarship on the phone, personally, and I was like, this is a just dream come true. Every offer I get is shocking, but that was really shocking."

Clearly, the Hokies earned Goode's attention, even though they didn't quite stick the landing when it came time to offer him. Now, they've successfully convinced him to take his first visit to Blacksburg this weekend, and he'll be stopping by on April 1 to take in a spring practice.

But Goode says the visit won't be his first time meeting some of the staff — he participated in a Tech satellite camp in Alexandria last year — and he's already built a relationship with Fuente, Wiles, Bud Foster and even WRs coach Holmon Wiggins.

In fact, he says Wiles and Foster have already started throwing around one of their favorite terms to describe a DT when they chat: twitchy.

"They just see me as a defensive specimen," Goode said. "I'm 322 (pounds), and somebody that can move sideline-to-sideline. And they just keep calling me twitchy in texts, and I'm, like, oh man, if they're calling me twitchy, that means I can move fast and I feel like I can most definitely be a dynamic player for their team and their type of defense and they always bring that up to me."

Though Goode is currently unranked by the 247Sports Composite rating, it would seem that coaches around the country are developing the same sort of opinion of the DT. He started out earning offers from smaller programs like Robert Morris and Toledo, but in the last few months he's added ones from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rutgers and Boston College.

But Goode seems especially enamored with the Hokies, who may very well be his biggest offer to date.

"I feel like they're most definitely a top-25 football team and soon to be even better than that," Goode said. "They just had a new staff come in, so everybody's got to get acclimated to the system. And I know, in the next couple years, they're going to be something special, for a fact. The ACC needs to wake up, because Virginia Tech is going to be a powerhouse coming up soon."

Beyond what he's seen of Tech's direction under Fuente, Goode is also enthusiastic about the pitch he's hearing from the Hokies. Instead of simply selling him on how he might fill a need for the program — though Tech could certainly stand to add some depth at defensive tackle — Goode says the Hokies are stressing how much they value his talents in particular.

"They told me that it's a want, 'I want you to come,' not 'I'm begging you,' just 'I want you to come because you're something special,'" Goode said. "That's something that I like to hear. Because when I go and think about a college, I want to go to a school that I want to go to. If they need me and want me, then that's something special for me, and I'll look at a college more."

He'll get his chance to evaluate that pitch in person on Saturday, immediately before he embarks on a lengthy round of visits over spring break to include trips to Michigan State, Boston College, UNC, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia.

And when he makes it to Blacksburg, the Hokies will surely be hoping that Clawson doesn't return the favor and give Goode a call just as he sees campus for the first time.

"I just want to see how the student life is and the environment for the athletes," Goode said. "I also want to see how the coaches coach, because I don't want to just go to a school because it's a name. I want to make sure I'm making the right decision because of the people, the coaches, the environment I want to be in."

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"I just want to see how the student life is and the environment for the athletes," Goode said. "I also want to see how the coaches coach, because I don't want to just go to a school because it's a name. I want to make sure I'm making the right decision because of the people, the coaches, the environment I want to be in."

Seems like a very grounded and mature young man.

And I know, in the next couple years, they're going to be something special, for a fact. The ACC needs to wake up, because Virginia Tech is going to be a powerhouse coming up soon."

This guy. I like this guy.

Excellent Goode article, Alex. His anecdote about getting offered while on a Wake Forest was a great peak behind the recruiting curtain.

It's refreshing to hear that he tried to keep it quiet until he was finished with his visit at Wake. Seems to be very humble and respectful while having confidence in his abilities.

This kid could make me break a 48 year streak of never sayin anything nice about St. Johns..... Gonzaga Alumni here... Hope he and Tim hit it off well this weekend.

Lets GO!!!!

St John's grad here. Good news is he plays in a legit big time league with Dematha, Good Counsel etc.

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Not only was Goode on an unofficial visit to Wake Forest when Justin Fuente decided to give him a ring on Feb. 18, but he was actually meeting with head coach Dave Clawson himself when he felt his phone buzzing.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

But I was with the Wake Forest coaches, and that doesn't click well, those are ACC rivals.

Well that, and we knew a few of their plays and still lost.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

we know that Shane knew. We don't know much more than that.

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

I am hoping that the guy gave Shane the book and Shane threw it away thinking it had to be a hoax.

we'll never really know

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Yeah, no

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

This kid is may be the fastest 322lb DL I've ever seen. While his tackling is iffy, this kid has HUGE potential in the 4 man front that the LPD runs.

Go Hokies

This kid seems to be flying way under the radar (I'd love to hear what French thinks about this guy).

It's kind of difficult for me to see everything going on at the point of attack since the camera is so far away, but two things definitely pop out: Speed & tenacity.

Regardless of what his **status might do to our recruiting class, I think it would be great to land this kid.

Is it football season yet?

He's 320 pounds and quick AND has multiple power 5 offers. His absolute floor is mid-level 3* once they get around to rating him.

Based on that picture, it seems like the recruiting services glossed over this one big time.

What are his punt return skills?

Only "pretty"?

Way to go coaches!

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don't

Don't what? Don't post the image alone, you want the gif?

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You deserve to have every pro team you follow relocate to North Dakota.

Well I now follow the Patriots. You're welcome America.

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If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Looks very promising. Plays a bit high off the LOS, but certainly has the twitchyness.

He started out earning offers from smaller programs like Robert Morris and Toledo, but in the last few months he's added ones from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rutgers and Boston College.

But Goode seems especially enamored with the Hokies

"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 hope fans give him so much shit next year in Lane.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I also hope water remains wet.

Fuck Pat Narduzzi

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

I just love how enthusiastic he is about Tech.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm embarrassed every time I see that clip from the end of the Wake Forest game. Wouldn't mind not ever seeing it again.

Proud Richmond and 70 Hokie

What, this clip?

"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


you stop it right now. stop it

Oh please

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Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

When you hear this kid is 322 lbs...and you see his picture, and he doesn't look fat at all....

its-so-beautiful-jo59t2

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Commit to VT and we'll change your name to Dam.

We put the K in Kwality

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

so this is the thread of recycled gifs

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

so this is the thread of recycled gifs

No, this is the site of recycled gifs. Get it right.

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If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

That, too, is redundant as well.

We put the K in Kwality

He's heavy, but not obese fat. Needs to work a little more on muscle tone, but once he's in the S & C program, that will come around. What's more important is that he has the foundation in terms of attitude, desire, and potential to succeed in our program.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"..because anytime you go upside a man's head, or a woman's, they have a tendency to blink their eyes.." - Deacon Jones

Dude just looks like a big time player, doesn't he? I don't think anyone in my high school looked like him, and we had decent football teams back in the day. Tone him up, coach him up, send him in!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

BUT DID MOM LIKE IT?

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He's got 3 new Crystal balls for the good guys as of yesterday. That seems like a good sign.

Finally a staff that's says hello to moms.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Hope he had a cam goode time..

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Looks like 247 finally got around to evaluating him. They have him as a 3* with a composite score of .8422.

I 100% believe that through all the camps and increased scouting coverage, that these recruiting websites are better than ever and that there are fewer "steal" and "gem" recruits out there, but this is a pretty consistent phenomenon both for us and many other programs. Under the radar guy gets a few P5 offers and suddenly goes from unranked to low to mid 3* every, single, time.