After Loving the Hokies "From the Start," 2018 DT Cam Goode Follows Through And Picks Tech

Goode and the Hokies have long been interested in each other leading up to the 3-star D.C. DT's big decision.

2018 DT Cam Goode has loved the Hokies from his very first days watching football — and from the Hokies' first days of watching him, it seems the feeling was mutual.

Goode, a product of St. John's College HS in D.C., only committed to Virginia Tech on June 10, but he says he's been eyeing the program for years now. He remembers wearing Michael Vick cleats along with his Michael Vick jersey as a kid, and he even ended up with a Tyrod Taylor jersey to boot.

"I've loved Tech from the start," Goode told The Key Play.

But he says it never looked like he'd get to don the maroon and orange as a Hokie himself until he went to a football camp in Alexandria during his sophomore year. DL coach Charley Wiles was running drills, and Goode says it didn't take long for their paths to cross.

"I was competing against all seniors and I was the only sophomore and I didn't lose a single one-on-one (matchup)," Goode said. "Coach Wiles was like, 'Don't even worry kid, I'll see you really soon.'"

Goode says the Hokies soon began sending him plenty of mail, but he still hadn't gotten a chance to talk with the coaching staff. He consulted with his coaches at St. John's, who told him he was still too young to connect with them directly, but suggested he attend a junior day event in Blacksburg instead once he got a little older.

There was only one problem: "I couldn't drive that far by myself," Goode said.

So Goode found himself waiting on friends and fellow prospects to take campus visits of their own so he could tag along. That meant he was able to get to Rutgers and even Wake Forest before making it down to Blacksburg.

Yet the Hokies managed to make an impression on him anyway, offering him while he was on his visit to see the Demon Deacons.

"It was just crazy that I got an offer in a whole different location," Goode said. "I just felt special and I felt the love, and felt how much they loved me and needed me."

From then on, Goode wasn't shy about offering praise for the Hokies, including after drills at a camp in Northern Virginia, where he even donned a Tech visor.

"I wasn't really committed, but I spoke highly and really liked Virginia Tech for the past month and a half or so," Goode said.

With his mind mostly made up, Goode decided to head down for another visit to Blacksburg as the Hokies hosted a camp for some prospects last weekend.

"I just felt like it was time for me to commit to Virginia Tech because they needed a defensive tackle and, on top of that, I love Virginia Tech," Goode said. "I went down to the camp and I was like, this is the best time, I'm in person, I'm doing drills, and it just felt like the best time for me."

Once the camp started to wind down, Goode told Justin Fuente that he wanted to talk to him one-on-one in his office, and the head Hokie obliged.

"When I told him, he was like, 'Seriously?' and gave me a hug," Goode said. "So it was a big relief and I felt good about my decision."

The pair walked outside, where Goode's parents were waiting with the rest of Tech's coaching staff, and Goode put on a Hokies hat to let everyone know the big news.

"They were like, 'Hey, let's go!'" Goode said. "And Coach (Bud) Foster, he screamed real loud and he ran downstairs and said, 'Stay right here, I need to go take a shower.'"

Once Foster had cleaned up from a long camp in the hot Blacksburg sun, Goode says he got to celebrate a bit with his new future coaches. And he says the celebration continued even once he got back to his hotel with his family and shared the news on Twitter the next day.

"Even people in my own hotel found out that I was committed to Virginia Tech, and they were like, 'Congrats and welcome to the family,' which was crazy," Goode said. "Within a matter of minutes, they all knew about it."

Goode says his high school league's rules will prevent him from enrolling early, but he plans to spend plenty of time around the Hokies between now and when he gets to Blacksburg for good. He's planning a trip to see Tech take on West Virginia at FedEx Field, since that's an "easy and convenient" drive for him, and then he wants to follow that up with visits for a pair of home games.

"I know I'm going back when they play Clemson, and I may go back one more time for another home game," Goode said.

In the meantime, he's looking forward most to the chance to work with Wiles for the next few years, fulfilling the DL coach's prediction from back when they first met.

"Coach Wiles, that's my guy," Goode said. "The funniest guy I know, a relaxed guy. He's also gonna push me to be better and do what's best for me, not just as an athlete, but as a person. I just feel good with Coach Wiles, he's a great guy."

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Good Lord that Big Boy can move. Yes please!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Good Goode Lord

OOF, first comment, perfect opportunity for a good pun and I completely missed it. Off to find the cone of shame...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

perfect opportunity for a goodGoode pun and I completely missed it

That's two times now. You feeling alright?

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

I literally just spit water all over my computer reading this. Thank you I have had a shitty morning and needed that.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Thank you I have had a shitty not had a Goode morning and needed that.

SMDH

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

Why is this a gif?

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

when in doubt, gif it up.

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when in doubt, gif it up. out.

FTFY

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

Maybe it's not great, but it's Goode enough.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

We reached a Goode number of puns, but now we've gone beyond that.

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

Because my completely unscientific and anecdotal research shows that gifs get more legs!

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

New Defensive Tackle/Punt Returner....?

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Him and Tim Settle as punt rerurners? Eeek, who would get in the way of a moving train, and live to tell about it.

Wait, so we called another recruit with a scholarship offer while they were on their official visit with Wake Forest?

If you just call a person on a cell phone, do you really know where they are when you call?

I'd be surprised if our staff really didn't know that he was on another visit, given how much information is just thrown out there these days. Nice troll job, Fuente.

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Goode says his high school league's rules will prevent him from enrolling early

Could someone explain this to me? I thought early enrollment had to do with just academics?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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They probably have some silly requirement... like you have to graduate from high school before you can enroll in college.

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"

- ThatOneGuy

Everyone has to meet graduation requirements before they can enroll in college.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"

- ThatOneGuy

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

heer heer heer..Lt. Steve...her herr herrr...oh Frenchy

Such an underrated comedy

The Dude Abides

Not always. My sister was in 11th grade one year, and a college freshman the next year. Didn't take classes to get ahead of schedule, wasn't an athlete, she just applied early and was accepted for early enrollment.

Not common by any means, but it can happen.

My high school didn't allow anybody to graduate early. To get a diploma they required four years of full English, gym and health.

What stopped someone from going to summer school and get those classes?

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normal summer school when I was in HS could only be used to redo classes, not to get ahead. That said, we had dual enrollment with the community college so maybe you could finagle something through that.

My wife's HS on the other hand was set up as semesters and every student only had to take 7 semesters of classes. Unless you failed a grade or took more electives than you needed, everyone could leave a semester "early." I always thought that was odd, but would have been real helpful for a lot of athletes.

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Oh, a well rounded "education".

I went to a rival high school of Goode's (Gonzaga), and there was never an option for summer classes to get ahead. If you were taking summer classes, it meant you had failed something or missed enough school being sick that they needed you to retake a class.

I'm not 100% sure, but assuming our conference (WCAC) has a rule to keep things consistent across all of the Catholic High Schools, or spring sports would suffer.

Same here, summer class was only for makeup.

When were you at Gonzaga? It's nice to see a fellow Eagle on here. Hope Rafferty comes along too. It'd be nice to see a good cross section of the WCAC represented in Blacksburg!

Lets GO!!!!

PVI grad here. I'm pretty sure you're right on the WCAC rule and I know our academics stated 4 years of stuff like mentioned below

VT CEE Class of 2016/2017

5 years, 2 degrees, 33 football games as a student, and 2 Cassell court stormings later, I bleed Maroon and Orange

There was only one problem: "I couldn't drive that far by myself," Goode said.

So Goode found himself waiting on friends and fellow prospects to take campus visits of their own so he could tag along. That meant he was able to get to Rutgers and even Wake Forest before making it down to Blacksburg.

I don't want to get into the whole NCAA benefits debacle, but it would be great if the NCAA would let kids get waivers so they could see the schools they want to play at.

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Not sure if this was sarcastic or not. But the NCAA wasn't preventing him from going, the ability to get there was. He just needed a ride. I suppose his parents could have given him a bus or plane ticket if they wanted to.

If the NCAA allows for schools to start shuttling prospects or flying them cross country on the school's dime, then the gap between the haves and have not's is going to to widen, even more so than it is.

The Dude Abides

Could he have got on the new Hokie Bus from NOVA to campus?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I'm more saying there are athletes out there who are not in the financial situation to make trips. Their families may not have the budget wiggle room to pay for that and if a student is making this big a decision, it'd be great to let the school bus them down or something. A lot of schools already transport prospective students, not athletes, for special events during the year. VT has a Gateway program to increase minority enrollment that buses from Falls Church, Hampton, and Richmond every year.

What I'm trying to say is if these kids are getting called, texted, emailed, snapchatted, tweeted, and god knows what else, you could at least let them see the campus if they aren't in the financial position to do so.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

I get that it is probably a little late in the game to be making your first campus visits during your senior season, but official visits provide that opportunity for those that can't afford it.

You got my vote. I'm all for it.

The Dude Abides

If it's an 'official' visit is the school allowed to pay transportation costs?

This may just be a driver's license thing. It's possible that as a high school junior he only has a learner's permit or restrictions on distance or times of day for driving.

St Johns College HS was the home of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. He has given millions to the program.

I guess in the end Nike > UA.

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"

- ThatOneGuy

Well interesting fact... Kevin's older bro Stuart also went to SJC with me ended up playing OL at VT and has a healthy hoard of cash I'd imagine from UA stock. He also gave a chunk of change to the indoor facility. One of the pylons has his name on it.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

So I'm an Under Armor fan now?!
Thanks for setting me straight!

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

Gotta question anyone's judgement who describes FedEx as "easy and convenient" /s

Now we need to make sure we hang onto Charley Wiles for awhile.