Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Bryce Thompson Opens Up His Recruitment

A versatile WR/DB decided to test the waters and back off his Hokies commitment.

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Virginia Tech gained three commitments over the weekend (OL John Harris, DE/LB Eli Adams, and DT Cam Goode), and lost one. Bryce Thompson — the Hokies' first pledge of their 2018 class — de-committed Sunday night.

Under Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech has had success bringing de-commits back into the fold. Tyjuan Garbutt ultimately signed with the Hokies last cycle, and quarterback/athlete DeJuan Ellis spent a two-day stint on the open market.

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May not happen here. May be Marshall bound FWIW

Keep calm, Gobble on

Is Marshall closer to home? Family ties? More playing time? I mean, I know that everyone can't be a Hokie, but what am I missing. Not insulting or judging a kid.

Without implying anything about Thompson whatsoever because A) it would be wrong of me to do so and B) I have no #sauces of my own to make such inferences, Marshall has lower academic requirements for acceptance.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Since he committed, our WR class has grown into arguably one of the best we've ever had. More/earlier playing time would be my guess

Nope. Academics is a major player here. On his third high school in three years and doesn't take academics seriously. Shame because his SAT's are actually good so he's a smart enough kid and honesty one of most underrated players in the country, but unless he makes massive improvements in the class then he's likely either Marshall or JUCO bound.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

Not a rumor but aight.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

TKP policy is unless it's published by the kid himself, grades are off limits. As are personal issues or anything else an 18 year old might not want smeared all over the internet.

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This. If a kid says something publicly in an interview, fair game. Anything else is hearsay or rumor. They're kids for crying out loud. They don't need everything about their lives (which may or may not be accurate) posted on the Internet.

Not going to fight you guys in this so understood. Won't be brought up again.

"Vick's so amazing, that unleashing his skills on some poor defense is almost unsportsmanlike. It's not fair."
- Chris Fowler, ESPN analyst

TKP policy is unless it's published by the kid himself, grades are off limits

Can you point me to the place where it says that? Because I can't find it here: http://www.thekeyplay.com/content/2013/july/24/community-guidelines

Also I seem to remember people mentioning Tim Settle's H.S. grades all the time. He ended up talking about it publicly himself, but it was commonly mentioned long before then.

New rules?

However, please keep it respectful, well informed, and refrain from personal attacks towards players and coaches.

Disparaging a kid's work ethic or commitment, or publishing hearsay/rumors about less-than-stellar grades falls under this. It's an unnecessary attack on private matters. Your grades are personal and protected by law, and there's no one here to defend him against potentially damaging and incorrect information. It's distasteful, reflects badly upon TKP, and I'm probably going to stop warning about it and just start hitting it with my super downvotes.

We have done this with everyone; French, Joe, and I have been vocal about this every time we've seen it, even back with Settle. Once Tim came out with it, it was fair game to discuss because he was open about his struggles and we commended him for the work he put in to qualify for admission.

Tangent but seriously, huge shout out to Big Timmy. he must have put in massive amounts of work and I am really proud of what he did to get eligible.

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I don't have a particular issue with restricting discussion of academics out of respect to the players privacy, but I completely disagree that any discussion of a prospect's academic situation (even if its about poor academic performance) is automatically disparaging or automatically a personal attack. That's like saying discussing a players' 40 time is automatically disparaging.

If that is the justification you want to use for restricting the topic, then great, but I still recommend that you explicitly state in the guidelines that academics are off-limits so there's no confusion.

That's like saying discussing a players' 40 time is automatically disparaging

Not quite. 40 times are posted publicly all over the internet. Grades are, as GM said, private and protected by law. If he doesn't come out with them himself, then it's hearsay

That is true, 40 times are widely publicized, and grades are typically private. However, discussing something that is typically private information is not automatically disparaging.

1. It's not cool to discuss a high school kid's grades on a public forum. It's inherently disparaging. I didn't realize that needed to be spelled out.

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2. The person who repeatedly brought up up Big Tim's grades during Settle's recruitment was asked to stop.

3. Respect the moderator and staff's judgement call. When VTGuitarMan asks y'all not to do something, please don't.

What Joe and VTG are trying to say is

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All I'm saying is that it would be nice if the rules were written down. :)

I didn't think "Don't be a dick to an 18 year old over private information" needed to be written down.

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They're called guidelines because there's no possible way to codify every rule or edict for behavior. TKP has, since its inception, been governed by community-led moderation, with occasional interjection from those of us who have little icons next to our names. The whole "don't discuss grades" has fallen under the umbrella of unseemly behavior for a long time and is an accepted norm. I have politely informed people several times over the years of this expectation. Maybe we should make it a specific clause in the CGs but it comes up so infrequently that usually a little reminder of "don't be a jerk about people's private information" quells any problems before they become actual problems.

If it's positive and about grades, is that ok?

Recruit Prosim

Private information. Don't go there unless the player says it or it's in a news release from VT (e.g. ACC all-academic team, etc).

What's the source?

The source is a paid website. The same place he gets all his info.

You might want to read definitions 1 and 2.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rumor

You've given no source and demonstrated zero authority to the truth of your statements.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Just because no source was given doesn't mean there isn't a reputable source behind the info.

Always choose joy.

Okay, let's play. Academic information is protected by FERPA. That makes it illegal to release or discuss someone's academic record without their permission.

If Thompson said it himself, I'd accept a link in the article he said. The other options are he told his parents or friends who told someone who told someone who posted on a message board who posted on TKP. That begins to be too much telephone to be a reliable source.

Or, someone leaked his information, whether administrator, coach, or other, in which case it is a FERPA violation. Which makes it illegal.

EDIT: "without their permission."

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I'm not defending him posting it. I thought it was a bad look. I'm just saying that just because someone doesn't post a source doesn't mean it is a rumor.

Edit: And this goes for any inside information.

Always choose joy.

It's either a rumor or illegal. That, by the definitions I understand, is a non-credible source.

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soo.. it's semantics day at TKP apparently.

you made two conditional statements
1) a rumor (unsubstantiated information posted by anonymous commentator) = non-credible source.
Agree, baseline should be that you shouldn't trust anonymous people on the internet.

But when anonymous person on the internet has a track record of providing accurate details, maybe they can be considered semi-credible, most of the time, when it comes to that particular subject matter (in this case recruiting details). So not applicable in this case.

2) an illegal FERPA disclosure = non-credible source
Disagree.
If there is actually an illegal FERPA disclosure it means that a source with access to the academic information is providing it, in violation of FERPA, to a broader audience. The fact that they are in a position to commit a FERPA violation means they are a credible source, at least in terms of academic details

This has turned into a pissing match. If I don't like the way a conversation turns, I usually just use the excellent collapse feature. HOWEVER, this is a recruiting article with lots of families and friends of players and recruits reading. We're all hokies, can we please drop this?

We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We will prevail. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.

Why is it so hard to understand "don't talk about recruits' academics on TKP"? There is no good look that comes out of openly discussing the recruit and his academics on this site. Oh, you want to publicly criticize what you assume are his grades? You're either publicly calling him lazy or unintelligent, either of which is a pretty crappy thing to do on one of the major public websites of the VT football fanbase. In an effort to not appear to be the public shitheads of Virginia Tech, the mods have kindly asked us to refrain from those topics.

Don't be a dick, don't bring up grades.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

What's so hard to understand that we're not talking about anyone's grades anymore, or even arguing about the freedom to discuss anyone's grades? There was one comment about grades and the discussion has moved on to things like ..

- why isn't the no academics rule called out specifically in the guidelines so these conversations don't keep happening (answered, thanks VTGM & Joe for your thoughts)
- what constitutes a rumor or a credible source,
- how people disagree on why discussing academics is wrong... some people think it's automatically derogatory to the player while others think it's merely a violation of their privacy and not necessarily insulting.

Nobody here is advocating talking about recruits grades.
Nobody here is criticizing a recruit because of their grades.

Your high horse could use a break, you obviously rode it into this thread without paying attention.

I'm just disappointed no one has brought up morality.../s

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(Cone of shame)

1) why no specific guideline: because not everything needs to be spelled out, and when comments cross some line the mod and/or community is empowered to correct. Community moderation has been in place from day one.
2 and 3),what constitutes a rumor and discussing academics: anything without a direct source is non-credible. You could have conjecture on a lot of things, however when it comes to underage kids the community tends to not allow it because a) they are kids so why does any grown adult need to add conjecture to something that may be negative about that kid, b) recruits read TKP as do their families and at this point thr community likes to keep it welcoming to them. Having rumor and conjecture about kids is unwelcoming and a bad look for Hokies in general. C) what's the gain or motivation to post something negative about a recruits grades when that recruit hasn't come forward with it in first place? Its highly unlikely to have any positive reason to do so.
4) TKP is still a free site. So no matter a rule is written down or not it is subject to change per the owners discretion. No matter you agree or disagree. As Joe wrote above it is something he doesn't want and asks everyone to follow the mods line.

If you are not advocating talking about recruits grades nor criticizing them, then the answers above should suffice.

Honestly dude....you come across as arrogant on a consistent basis. I do t think you should be calling others dicks....kettle black man, kettle black. How about you treat others with some respect once in awhile and stop being so combative all the time. This has been going on for a long time. That's my opinion.

VHokie

I don't think general speculation is covered under FERPA

Recruit Prosim

You are correct but general speculation would fall under rumor.

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Well played

Recruit Prosim

I swear I thought I was just making an innocuous statement this time

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

either Marshall or JUCO bound.

The 2 in the same sentence! LMAO!

Where is Lawson?!

With how great recruiting is going right now, it's tough to feel anything but positive vibes towards even those who decommit. Hope he finds what he's looking for!

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

They are young and immature, like it or not. That just the facts, for all these young recruits. It's a wild new world they are experiencing and each will handled it differently. This has nothing to do with him de-committing, just youth and influences around them.

With how the hype train is rolling you're either on board or getting run over...On to the next!

1-0 every week

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Hope this kid does well against everyone except VT.

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To each his own, but I know if I were a recruit, I'd be wanting to hop on board the mothership that Fuente is building right now. Hopefully he comes back, but if he doesn't I have faith the coaches will find someone else who is more than competent who will backfill that spot

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

This kid is extremely slippery. His junior highlights are almost exclusively touchdowns. Would love to have him back in the fold.

Because high school WRs are always making highlight tapes of all their drops. /s

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That's how Bronco recruits his players. Their quality drops.

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You gotta earn the right to make a highlight!

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

Their quality does drop when Bronco recruits them.

Just because he decommitted doesn't mean he doesn't want to be a Hokie. It might just be he wants to enjoy the process before re-committing to the good guys.

Hate to see this - I LOVE watching his highlight film. Hope things work out and he comes back to the good guys.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Who gives a rats ass what the reason is? Dude made a decision based on his God Damn right as an American citizen. Back off the pissing in the wind show and let's move on to other things.

By the looks of it there are a few here that could make a diamond out of coal shoved up their ass in a week. Loosen up we are all pulling for the same cause.

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

I recommend pissing down wind, if you have to...

Point me in the direction of these coal/ass/diamond guys....I would love to invest in this business....sounds lucrative.

VHokie

Whenever any kid decommits, I guarantee your first thought (as is likely everyone's that visits this site) is "why did the kid decommit?" We are all curious to know whether it was a deficiency of the coaching staff, not the right fit, family influence, what have you. The question is even more likely to arise whenever the player is as talented as Bryce seems to be. To roll in here like you don't care about the reason for the decommitment is a bit disingenuous, I'd say.

At the time BAG posted this, it felt more like he was just trying to stifle the pointless back and forth arguing over semantics up-thread. It does lose some of that tone after a day and a half, but I'm sure BAG cares about the reason. The speculation is just not worth the headache it had become

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

I agree, people are curious. And that's fine. I will add that when the reason is not published, it's implicitly narrowed down to a couple of possibilities. And I ask that TKPers don't satisfy their curiosity further via a discussion on TKP.

I was checking out Netflix tonight and I couldn't decide between We Are Marshall and Last Chance U. Any suggestions?

Necessary Roughness

All implications aside, Last Chance U is a solid show.

The Replacements

Any chance he can improve grades enough to come back into the fold?

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“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

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