Virginia Tech National Signing Day Primer, February Edition

Virginia Tech looks to cap off #ExitLight18 on Wednesday.

Bud Foster and Dax Hollifield [Mark Umansky]

The Hokies already signed 23 members of its 2018 recruiting class during the December 20 early signing period. In addition, defensive end Jaevon Becton, who committed to Virginia Tech at the end of January, is expected to sign, and defensive tackle Cam Goode, who ESPN recently bumped to a 4-star ranking, will make his pledge to the Hokies official. As it stands Tuesday morning, the 247Sports Composite ranks Tech's class at No. 22 nationally. However, the Hokies are well positioned to potentially earn signatures from some top prospects on their board Wednesday. By virtue of signing almost all of its class in December, down the stretch Tech's been able focus on a few remaining crucial targets.

Virginia Tech offered Dax Hollifield way back in February 2016, and Bud Foster has been in hot pursuit of the Shelby HS (North Carolina) linebacker since. The 247Sports Composite 4-star prospect (.9376) has made double-digit visits to Virginia Tech and has been highly prioritized. Hollifield announced a final group of Stanford, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Clemson. He's been masterful at not tipping his hand, or he's truly confounded himself, but in any event his ultimate destination has recruitniks puzzled.

Clemson emerged as strong eleventh hour competition for his services once a scholarship opened. Dabo Swinney even wooed Hollifield with a FaceTime call from the Super Bowl. Hollifield told the Tigers no once, but then he made a brief "undercover" visit to his one time favorite school at the behest of Clemson signee (and former Tech target) K.J. Henry for the latter's birthday.

Hollifield also has close relationships with coaches at Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Stanford, the schools that have been recruiting him all along.

"That's going to be hard (if I) tell them no. The relationships I've built with them are insane... But I've got to tell somebody no. They understand that," Hollifield said. "They've just done such a great job recruiting me... They're like a part of my family now. It's killing my mom right now because (North Carolina) Coach (Gunter) Brewer, she says he's a part of the family she feels like. It's just going to be so hard for him if I tell him no, or coach (Bud) Foster same thing. It's going to be so hard for anybody."

Hollifield's family is in the dark at the moment, but his father Aubrey Hollifield provided some recent insight that should make Hokie Nation's ears perk up.

Yet, his father and basketball coach Aubrey Hollifield remains skeptical about the Tigers' chances.

"I think he likes the things they've got there but to tell you the truth I would be very shocked if he went there," the dad said. "I find it hard to believe anybody could outweigh (Virginia Tech DC) Bud Foster in my opinion. I know Coach Venables is a good coach but he's not Bud Foster."

Tennessee commitment Anthony Grant will sign with either Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Florida State, or North Carolina. The 247Sports Composite ranks Grant as a 3-star running back (.8871), although Rivals rates him as a 4-star athlete. Grant made his official visit to Tech on December 15 and the Hokies had designs to flip and sign him during the early signing period. However, he ultimately took officials to his aforementioned three finalists, with Florida State a late entry to the fold.

Edge defender Javontae Jean-Baptiste will commit on national signing day. In addition to the Hokies, the 247Sports Composite 4-star (.9168) outside linebacker has Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Boston College under consideration. The Bergen Catholic HS (Oradell, NJ) product was tempted to sign with Tech in December.

"Things with Virginia Tech and me are going well," said Jean-Baptiste. "We talk on a constant basis. I thought about signing with them in the early signing period but I didn't sign because when I make my decision I want to make sure I'm at a place I love even if football doesn't work out. The coaches are talking to me about how I'd fit in their scheme and how they have a big need at my position.

Defensive lineman Jamarcus Chatman took post-December official visits to his four finalists: Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Florida State. Chatman, who the 247Sports Composite ranks as a 3-star SDE, DT (0.8784), was previously committed to LSU and later Tennessee.

Rasheed Walker announced a final group of Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech and will decide on national signing day. The North Point HS (Waldorf, MD) visited the Hokies and Nittany Lions prior to the December signing period, and the Buckeyes thereafter. The 247Sports Composite (.9676) 4-star offensive tackle summed up his finalists in a video interview.

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We can do this.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

1) I feel better than most about Grant. People I trust say they do not expect him to sign with Tennessee.
2) I have not clue on Dax, JJB, or Chatman. All three would be impact players at VT.
3) I would be absolutely stunned if Walker signed here. If he does, it will take some time for him to get on the field. He is a very athletic OT. However, much like Vice's other projects (Jackson, Dznasi, Tenuta, Darrisaw) he is a work in progress on the fundamentals.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I'm as excited as a little kid on Christmas Eve.

Go Tech Go.

With Dax, no matter how this plays out, the staff (and specifically Bud Foster) did everything they could to get him. We went all out in his recruitment. It would be an enormous shame if we failed to land him after being the one constant and presumed leader in his recruitment for so long, but it certainly wouldn't be for lack of effort.

Can't help but focus on Florida State being a late entry to the fold for Grant. Would just be so fitting for him to suddenly end up there. We'd get plenty more jokes out of it at least

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I know we'll never be able to figure out an 18 yo mind, but I have a hard time figuring out why he'd want to go to a school that already has 3 stud rb's in Akers, Lanborn, and White. Seems like a pretty big logjam in front of him.

Almost every recruit or player believes they have the special talents to be the best. If they didn't have that confidence in themselves, they probably wouldn't get to those competitive levels of play.

Recruit Prosim

To add to this attitude, they have coaches whispering sweet nothings in the ear. As in, "Now Studmuffin, I know we have three other guys signed, but the coaching staff can tell that you have that something special that the great ones have. You do, don't you?"

Its a great form of defense if you think about it. A team that may be stacked already, realizes they can pull another great recruit from other programs on their schedule.

For example, Grant sitting on the bench at FSU only helps them, as they won't have to worry about VT using him to win against them. If he rises to the top, it's a win win for them, as they still have the other backs that won't be playing against them.

If you have the ability to do so, then it is some good strategy.

It must be nice to use scholarships like that.

That theory sounds nice until you realize VT doesn't play FSU again until 2023 so short of a sixth year of eligibility being granted they would only face Grant as a true freshman in his first collegiate game. If they were that concerned him in that instance, I don't think their program would be doing very well.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Agree and I do not think that coaches hand out scholarships to stop another team from getting a player. College teams have too many needs and only so many scholarships.

Unless you collide in Charlotte

Recruit Prosim

Not just taking him off the board for the Hokies, but for any other team. Soak up all the good top players, and there are less out there to go against you.

Apparently they have the "latest" thing that VT "lacks"- posh vegas style apartments for ballers. In the last 10 years, VT has built a state of the art locker room, huge indoor facility, re-did Merriman, got pledges for nutrition and expanded weight facilities, but the arms race never stops there. We also need vegas style apartments I suppose.

Both Whit and Sands have come out against athlete only dorms. They do want to update and build new student wide dorms though.

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afaik, you can't have student athlete only dorms in the first place. But theres no doubt that something along those lines is in the works. It's a big factor in for a lot of kids in their recruitment process. A modern and comfortable dorm that houses mostly student athletes is a must have for pretty much any would be big time football program imo.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Both Whit and Sands have said how important they think it is that athletes are in regular forms spread among their classmates.

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I believe you. And when they build a new dorm they will be to a certain extent. About as much as they are already. I'm sure you're aware we already have a mostly student athlete dorm and it's extremely dated. A new one will be a primary selling point to recruits. It's a very expensive undertaking but its gonna happen.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Alot of athletes live in Harper Hall, which is not "dated"- it's fairly new, suites and very nice. But no, it's not like a suite at Caesars, which is what FSU and Clemson have.

One of my good friends at VT lived in Harper. It's fine and far nicer than say, Pritchard where I lived for 2 years, and that's all well and good but as you said it isn't anywhere near on par with who we would like to consider our peers. I'm just expressing what I've heard through the grapevine. New dorms are coming and that's a good thing for everyone in particular the students and student athletes who get to enjoy them.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

We need that Money to update the Break Zone! /s

Pour some Beer on it

I lived in Harper. It was and still is great compared to most dorms on VT's campus and dorms at other colleges (transfer student).

Good. I don't think the arms race should come at a detriment to the university

Recruit Prosim

The Edge in Blacksburg across from the new signature engineering building is no joke and a lot of athletes end up living there. It's just not available to VT freshmen and is across campus from the football complex. FSU's off-campus apartments are across the street from their stadium. That and the fact that FSU doesn't require freshmen to live on campus are the main differences when it comes to apartments.

As far as on-campus housing, I've heard that the University Club is going to be replaced by a new next-level Cochran type dorm. (i.e. mix of athletes and regular students enjoying extra amenities)

FSU's off-campus apartments are across the street from their stadium.

So, what gets the axe?

LMGMTFY

VTPD buildings + Fleet Services would be a pretty ideal location.

I'm not gonna be the one to tell them to move though...

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I may be in the minority, but I wish they wouldn't tear down the older buildings. University club was designed by Cowgill, the dude the Architecture school is named after.

Agree with you on this. How long til we lose the remaining 9 holes of the golf course?

Chem PhD '16

Within 5 years. At the most

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

We'll still have the very affordable VT River Course.../s

It's going to be a good week.

I post something like this every year on here, and I'll say it again -

Please, guys, DO NOT tweet/berate recruits if they choose another school besides Tech. It accomplishes literally nothing, and makes you out to be an ass. These are 17-18 year old's. Most of y'all have kids their age or older.

With that said, let's all hope that we close on at least 2 of the 5 remaining targets (mainly Dax and Baptiste IMO). The coaches have busted their butts in trying to get these kids. That's all we can ask for as fans/alumni. I'm extremely excited about the path that Whit/Fuente and Co. have us on. It's a process. Trust it.

AKA... Don't @ them bro

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

BINGO!

but what if they're making the worst decision of their life, and I'm the only one who knows it?

My favorites are when someone from every fanbase that missed out feels the need to let him know that the recruit was "too afraid to come play at "x" against "x" or too afraid to try and build something" or they "took the easy way out like a coward!" people can be so, so embarrassing sometimes. The lack of self-awareness is baffling.

ooohhh that's a good one.

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Someone should reign in the guy who is in the back of the Devin Hunter commitment video. I feel like my man is all in on NSD and recruiting (as I am but I try to lay low).

God bless his soul for being so emotionally invested. For his sake, I hope land at least 2 of the big 5 tomorrow.

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Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

I keep telling myself to not get my hopes up but damn it's hard not to. Here's to finishing strong!!

1-0 every week

This. Is. Amazing.

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

It just captures the "tweeting at recruits" concept so perfectly.

To let you know I'm stealing this.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I think it's a given that every last one of us is stealing that one. Brilliant!

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

If you look closely, you can even see him mouth "Tweet at Croot" as he ponders

Chem PhD '16

Nice. That is an extra layer that I didn't notice at first. Fits perfectly.

🦃 🦃 🦃

Fantastic work

But if I don't tweet @ them telling the recruits how good they would look in maroon how would they know to pick Tech?

Yeah, they might not think you care about them as much as the fans tweeting at them from the other schools.

/s

So happy this went plaid!

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I've been on TKP since the beginning (made an account a little while after), but I don't post much..what does plaid mean (couldn't find anything on the search and I've actually never seen it surprisingly)?

scroll up twelve posts.

No, I see it, I just don't understand why it's plaid..it is a sexy plaid though

When a comment hits a +100 score it goes plaid.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

It's plaid because of John Boyer's Geography graphic textbook character, the Plaid Avenger. Everyone love John so much that plaid has become synonymous with anything awesome VT related.

I think it also has to do with this:

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Suggestion: I believe that we should have a Comment Hall of Fame Post where all plaid comments can be found.

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

Great idea but a lot of brilliant older posts back in the days when 50 was unheard of would deserve to be upvoted more to make that list

Some of the best posts are context dependent. Maybe a search box to pull up top posts within all threads, highest to lowest?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I have thought of recommending this as well. Not sure how hard it would be as I have NO IDEA what it would take Joe to get that done.

The Plaid Wall of Fame...

This is the correct answer

Yeah, I mean, there is that, too.

JJB is headed to OSU per the avalanche of CBs.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

Hang in there. Gonna be a rollercoaster

Keep calm, Gobble on

I am enjoying your optimism.

Just not ready to hit the "Hokie Signing day" button

Im ready for Tech's expectations to change along with the attitude of "bridesmaid never the bride" It will end some day...

Keep calm, Gobble on

He didn't say that roller coaster would end with JJB in Blacksburg. It certainly could, but the point is the next 24 hours will probably be pretty strange even by recruiting standards.

Roller coasters go up, right? This is more like those rides that go straight up in the air then plunge downward at full speed.

I'm going to try to approach this NSD with extreme caution. My Hokie heart can't take finishing second. Call me Debbie downer, but I'm taking the Fuente approach, if you want to be a Hokie you would've already signed this past December. Disclaimer: this approach doesn't include the recruits like Cam Goode who were waiting to announce with friends and fellow HS team members.

Anyone that we get in addition to the December signings will leave me pleasantly surprised. I'm going in expecting to get no one else except Bam Bam Cam.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Good feeling for Dax

Dax and Grant.

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

No confirmation on either, but that's how I (and most others) feel right now.

That would be huge considering both of those guys would have an opportunity for early PT (potential to start in Dax's case). JJB seems like a freak but we have young DE's with Garbutt, Proctor, and Debose and I am going all in on hoping we can get Savion Jackson to come here and play Day 1. Chatman would have been nice because of the need but if we can get 1 more DT to develop then we should be fine.

I would be floored if JJB and Chatman ended up anywhere other than OSU and Miami, respectively.

In the words of the acc media guide:

I'll see y'all Wednesday night after all the dust has settled.

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

WTH, is that for real?

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Yes it's very real.

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And glorious. All of the ACC beat writers saw it and I don't think a single one (maybe Berman, but who knows) disagreed.

Does anyone have that video handy that Dax posted a while back of him burning something on it relating to clemson? Cant remember exactly what it was, but I do remember him tweeting/posting it prior to us playing clemson (ACCCG maybe?)

I'll @ him and ask him for it

Son of a bitch.....

247 now has Dax at 48% VT - 36% Stanford - 12% UNC - 4% "Cloudy"

I have tomorrow as 100% chance of Wednesday, for what it's worth...

Leonard. Duh.

247 now has Dax at 60% VT - 28% Stanford - 8% UNC - 4% "Cloudy" as of 2237 hrs

fwiw, Alex Gleitman (247 OSU insider) flipped his Dax CB from Stanford to VT

I think we'll see a few more of Stanford picks flipped with a lot of them to VT. Dax narrowed his choices recently and will be letting coaches know of his decision this evening.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

what happened to 11 AM decision?

Pour some Beer on it

Dax said he'll let the coaches know his decision this evening before he officially commits tomorrow.

Saw where Tom Loy's CB is a VIP Pick but when you see his name under UNC Predictors, it shows his pick is VT.

I second the Dax and Grant.... JJB isnt over quite over yet but the last nail is almost hammered in.

Chatman is a flirt but he is Miami

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One might say I feel like I'm on the Titanic, but it's full of bearsbeers.

FIFY

Lemme guess, they are saying he's too good for VT?

Keep calm, Gobble on

PLEASE let us get a TOP 20 Class, PLEASE let us get a Top 20 Class, PLEASE let us finish with a Top 20 Class.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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I think it will be tough if we don't land JJB

Rankings will come with time. Right now, just be happy with the fact that our average player ranking is improving. The overall quality of recruit we are getting is going up and that's most important.

Honestly, if we don't close with a 15-20, I'll feel disappointed. If we end up 1 or 2 off from #20 (21-22), I can live with it. But if we're closer to #25, then I'll consider it a lateral from last year with very small improvement. That's just me. What will annoy me are the other schools in front of us.
Also (& this ISN'T an attack), you should know that the 1st rule in assuaging someone's fear's is don't tell them HOW they should feel (i.e. "just be happy") because it typically achieves the exact opposite.
Truthfully, the most important thing for me (above the ranking) is how this will ultimately translate & transfer to the final product on the field in achieving our goals as a program.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

First time Ive noticed the alien.

Supposedly, they have a small cameo in every episode

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I was playing around with the class calculator on 247. It's my first time, so not sure if this statement is valid, but if we land Cam (given), Becton (given), Dax, and Grant, it should bump us into the top 20 with a 224.83. Conversely, taking Grant away from Tennessee would in turn bump UT down outside of the top 20 with a 220.12.

Granted, this is all with the caveat that the top 19 play musical chairs, and no one jumps into the top 20 ahead of us (thus bumping us out). Texas A&M and Nebraska would threaten us the most for bumping us out of the top 20 as of now. Just some food for thought.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Thank you. That provides more perspective.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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Anytime, hopefully I'm correct. I didn't traverse too far into each school that is beneath us that could jump us. So take it all with a grain of salt.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I think class rankings are largely misleading. Larger classes (which I think caps at 25 signees) have higher scores than smaller classes. What I tend to pay more attention to is the average recruit ranking for a given class. If you go by that, last year we had an average recruit ranking of .8613 and this year that number sits at .8712 and it will probably go up tomorrow. That's a full point improvement and that is pretty substantial honestly. It's a step in the right direction no doubt about it.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

If you look at the programs that typically land at 15, you'll have to take a long look in the mirror and ask if you truly think VT will ever beat that program for a recruit consistently.

If you look at the programs that typically land at 15, you'll have to take a long look in the mirror and ask if you truly think VT will ever beat that program for a recruit consistently.

That's why I said 15-20 (not 5-10 or 10-15). And, depending on the program, yes. My first example/thought is UMD.

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Another perspective would be what the respective "gaps" are between rankings.

Right now the gap between 1 and 5 is about 32 points, the same as between 6 and 12, which is the same gap between 13 and 26.

Using 32 points as a basis, we can say that, gap-wise, we are closer to #12 than #5 is to #1, currently.

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Ass long as we get two of those recruits I think it's been a great class ! Could care less about the top 20

You have one of these?

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

FWIW, per 247 composite, UVA's top recruit score is below our average.

London's last good class was 2013, and 2014 was mediocre overall but had Blanding and Brown. Those guys are gone, and their 2015-17 classes were 50th, 63rd and 57th. They're gonna have problems.

Rankings do matter, but let's not forget we were once an afterthought when it came to recruiting rankings and we found ways to win.

Also on the flip side of this, Miami has had stronger recruiting classes than us regularly, yet we regularly enough beat them and/or continually expect to either beat them or be competitive with them (I recognize the gap between us and Miami is not as large as the gap between us and UVA, but i stand by the point).

The classes that lead Clemson to the 2016 CFB championship almost lost to us in the conference championship game...how large was the recruiting rankings gap there? coaching/development can neutralize the recruiting playing field to a certain degree

They'll really get after ya

The recruiting landscape has changed a lot since we were winning by finding hidden gems.

coaching/development can neutralize the recruiting playing field to a certain degree

That is true but there are not a lot of coaches out there that can consistently out-coach superior talent.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

there are not a lot of coaches out there that can consistently out-coach superior talent.

Also true, but Bronco only needs to beat us (or in this context, out scheme us) one time for the Hoos to start getting really snobby with us

They'll really get after ya

??? they never stopped being snobby.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

I don't know what recruiting rankings were like in the 90s since Rivals didn't yet exist but things have changed since then. There are still guys that fall through the cracks but not as many. Coaching matters but it's going to take a lot of work to develop what they're getting. Rankings aren't everything but there's generally a decent correlation between recruiting rankings and wins.

Clemson's 2013 and 14 classes were in the teens. They were 9th in 2015, then 11th in 2016. VT was in the 20s those years save Beamer's last year. Miami's generally been in that range as well. Fortunately for everyone in the Coastal Miami lacked a coach who could take advantage of that talent until they hired Richt.

I don't follow recruiting to much until they sign... but above says becton expected to sign. this is a done deal. hes 100% a hokie just in case anyone had any jitters or anything on him.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

If you were referring to my post, I didn't put a 100% on Becton or Goode until they signed on the dotted line. If this wasn't in reference to my post, just ignore lil ol' me.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

it was in reference and im always hesitant to say 100% or done deal until it is in fact signed on. but I was 99.99% sure.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

More CB movement to the good guys with UNC dropping to 8% and Clemson still nowhere to be seen!

Clemson's insider was saying she was close to putting one in for Dax to Clemson. Connecting some dots, it looks like that would not have been a good decision.

And look, 8%. As any athlete who took a UNC accounting class will tell you, that's good for an A-!

Which Clemson insider was that?

Anna Hickey. She's usually pretty spot-on when it comes to Clemson targets.

Blowing smoke

Keep calm, Gobble on

FWIW Mike Farrell says Dax to VT:

https://n.rivals.com/news/three-point-stance-thirty-nsd-commitment-predi...

LB Dax Holifield – Stanford – This is a tough one as he could end up at Virginia Tech, but the lure of Stanford academics seems strong.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday afternoon things seem to be trending to Virginia Tech now with distance becoming a last minute factor.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

Always good to see national analysts picking us but distance has been an issue literally the entire recruitment with Dax and Stanford.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Are you suggesting Stanford hasn't moved during his recruitment?

Don't be daft.

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Are you suggesting Stanford hasn't moved during his recruitment?

Of course it hasn't, it's stayed put right by Palo Alto. I saw it.

I think the guys on the TSL podcast hit on this pretty well last week: a bunch of kids get caught up in the excitement of going across the country to play football, but when it's decision time it can hit them like a ton of bricks that they're going to be 2500+ miles away from their families.

Oh I absolutely agree. And it was well known throughout Dax's recruitment that being nearby his family and friends was a big deal to him. Which was why I found it odd that this guy mentioned the distance factor being "last minute."

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Farrell didn't seem to have a good beat on his recruitment for awhile. He has been mentioning Stanford since December even though 247 and others said his interest has been backing off for awhile now.

In all fairness to him, he may very well end up at Stanford but you're absolutely right. The prevailing opinion on all the other boards was that distance would end up being too much of a hurdle for Dax to make that jump.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Well played on the thread photo selection, Joe.

Leonard. Duh.

I can't wait for Quincy Patterson to finally make it official with Virginia Tech tomorrow! Get excited people!

Doh!

Man why could he play for a more televised team. I actually enjoyed his game

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Hey back off! Some of us like the T'Wolves.

Am I crazy or does he look like Hill?

Danny is always open
23 can't read

/s

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

I can't wait for Quincy Patterson Drew Harris to finally make it official with Virginia Tech tomorrow! Get excited people!

FTFY

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

but that might make Dwayne Lawson transfer

That one doesn't end well.

We put the K in Kwality

Doesn't it? Zach helps her with her pill problem and then she goes on to be a stripper in what is the funniest movie to see on cable because of the terrible bras they added to make it safe for cable.

Zach Morris is trash

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

These are great, the best is the one where Zack skips school to go to a baseball game and gets caught by Jesse's stepbrother....he completely screws all of his friends in the process. The guy is a real scumbag lol

Let's face it, we're so excited, but we're still only the chauffeur in Hot Shots Part Deux.

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

Keep calm, Gobble on

Perfectly describes the mood for today

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My expectations for JJB signing with VT are fairly low but this blurb was interesting:

Javontae Jean-Baptiste, 4-star outside linebacker: There was bad news Tuesday for Nebraska fans regarding Jean-Baptiste. A source close to him said he is "all over the place." When asked where his decision stood, the source didn't even mention Nebraska, saying that Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech have all been the choice at one point in the last 24 hours. This is a wild recruitment that will come down to the wire, with the Huskers' odds of hanging on becoming less likely by the minute.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

I'm sticking with my mindset from yesterday, that if we get no one it's been a successful class. Just hoping we can at least get Dax, that might be enough to push us into the top 20. Hate losing out on Grant. I'm shocked that he was willing to go to FSU knowing the logjam that's down there. Maybe he'll switch positions, who knows. Oh well, Bye Felicia. -Go Hokies

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Outside of just the fact that he will struggle to even find the field with the backfield they have, I could never play for a coach that has shown that level of loyalty to every program he's been a part of. Not to mention the team they had last was absolute trash. The decision leaves me scratching my head in every way possible

Isn't Laborn a CB now? Or was that just a one year thing this season. Didn't he just get into a twitter battle with Savoy a few weeks ago? Maybe I am mistaking him for someone else?

Disregard that was Levonta Taylor.

That was Levonta Taylor. He was the top kid out of VA a year or two before Laborn.

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

So I guess DC is getting weather, so Cam Goodes school is closed for the day. This no signing cermoney. Was hoping to get that publicity.

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That's actually kind of funny. The kid apparently committed but wanted to wait to announce during the school announcement.

I'm sure he's disappointed, but it made me chuckle.

that is the worst. Are he and his teammates going to wait until tomorrow?

Getting warmer with Dax
64% VT - 24% Stanford - 8% UNC - 4% "Cloudy" as of 0820 hrs

Elijah Davis' offer list: James madison, liberty, odu, hampton.

Yep. I think it is more of a shot at VT for not extending an offer.

If Fuente thinks he could be a body I think an offer would be fine. What would it hurt?

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We would probably just waste his time and attrish him later. Thats correct, ATTRISH him!

What's going on with Baptiste?

Well looks like his school is closed also. Sooo

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He was supposed to announce at 8:00 am at his school but it is closed due to weather too.

Which is literally actually ridiculous. I work ~10 miles away from Bergen Catholic and it's almost 9 and nothing's even sticking yet

Chem PhD '16

Gotta love those DMV snow shenanigans. I've been living in Utah for the last two years, and I miss the days of looking at Quantico's closure feed hoping that work was cancelled. Out here the roads are cleared the instant that the snow stops falling.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

To be fair, it's 9:45 now and there's a nice uniform coating on roads and sidewalks, etc. And falling pretty good. The private school has the leeway to make its own closure decisions and with students coming from decently far away (much further than usual for a local public school) maybe it made sense after all. Municipalities in NJ are hit-or-miss when it comes to clearing.

Chem PhD '16

Dont think you guys understand the difficult in calling snow. dry slots are sooooo hard to forecast, and 3 degrees can be the difference between 7" of snow and some rain. Hell ive seen some cases where one place gets 5" of snow and 10 miles away got maybe 2 its just tough

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Maybe I'm getting old, but sure feels like "it might snow" is an acceptable reason to close schools now and it never was when I was in high school.

Chem PhD '16

This. Mrs. APFOW teaches and the amount of "snow days" she's had with no snow in the past few years is ridiculous. And yeah, I can't recall that happening once when we were in school.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

nah thats always been the case might have increased recently with increased skill in forecasting. Safety should be priority number 1, no point risking a bus full of kids because we dont want to pull the trigger. Keep in mind too people throw around lawsuits more now than they used too

times they are a changin

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

No that hasn't always been the case. When I went to school it was only called if it was really bad, like no less than 6 or 7 inches of snow on the ground and still falling. Now my kids are out if it's just cold outside, it's ridiculous and just plain laziness on the part of the school board

Semper Fi

We have a lot of people in our town that feel exactly the same way you do... sometimes I feel that way as well. However, a few years ago, we had a day that was kind of iffy, the school system went ahead and opened, and a 16 yr old girl was killed trying to drive to school. Superintendent eventually was dismissed over that.

It's truly a damned if you do/damned if you don't...

Leonard. Duh.

Then the parents shouldn't have let her drive their fault not the school

Semper Fi

When the school will fail you over something like 2 or 3 unexcused absences in a school year, being open during a time when there might be bad weather is legitimately putting the lives of hundreds or thousands of children at risk by forcing them to come in.

"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

wait are you really saying you value your child going to school over their lives? grow up dude and rethink your priorities. furthermore .5" of snow can easily turn into 5" with certain conditions. and if you want to argue that im all ears, tell me when was the last time you walked into a football game knowing exactly what your opponent would call play by play in a game before it happened. im talking you know exactly what would be called in the middle of the 4th quarter regardless of the call. news flash you cant because its situational, much like weather. chaos theory makes this forecasting thing a real bitch sometimes and people like you make it a real pain in the ass period and very not worth it. when your decisions effect peoples lives and can be life or death its a hell of a lot harder to be aggressive

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

there's "risk" and there is Risk. What's an acceptable level of risk for going about your daily life? At what point do you switch from inconveniencing to relying on people to handle situations that life/nature throws at us all?

I think the thing that irks some people about these snow-shy school closings is that if people would drive in a manner appropriate for the conditions there wouldn't be any problem. Of course that's a little unrealistic to expect everyone to be a good freezing weather driver, but that applies in fair weather situations as well... so again, what's an acceptable level of risk?

You can't forget there is also Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest

11 bonnets on the ball!

Theres a ton of statistics run on this stuff about when its deemed not safe. The problem isnt always parents or kids driving on the snow, school buses get little to no traction in the snow and are full of children. Add to that a lot of these school buses make their pickups down back roads and in mountainous regions which adds to the danger. If anyone of those kids gets hurt because the school didnt want to close despite being warned about the possibility of winter weather its on the school.

If a forecaster screws up and gets a child killed they have the death of a child on their hands. Trust me I know the feeling, during the last hurricane season I thought I got my grandparents killed by not pulling the trigger soon enough and couldn't sleep for days because of it. Tampa had run out of gas and the roads were stuck by the time I was sure the hurricane would hit. luckily they got through unscathed. But my point is, when people rely on your forecast for safety purposes hell yes you're going to be cautious.

When its life and death any amount of risk that can be pinned on you, you avert to the best of your ability. In a schools case, if you can avert death by not having a day and rescheduling it at the end of summer...So be it NBD. Now that our abilities at forecasting snow have gotten better our kids might miss more school sure, but I know for a fact weather related deaths have dropped drastically

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Now that our abilities at forecasting snow have gotten better

Please send these abilities to the DC area. I haven't seen this many missed snow forecasts and rain days in a long time.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

dunno who youre listening to but ive been pretty spot on this season, as have the nws for the most part.

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

The pre-canceling of everything because of a forecast that ends up being rain is what I've been listening too. Also, unless I've missed it, I don't recall seeing your forecast on any of the recent "snow" days that we've had up here (don't mean this is an asshole way, I really haven't seen if you've had any forecasts). I guess I just see the irony in talking about how unpredictable it all in one sentence but then going on to say how accurate the forecasts/predictions are in another.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Always better to be safe than sorry. Always better to cancel class and have it dry and sunny than bet that things will be fine and have the worst hit. That's how you get situations like this:

The last thing you need is to have any risk of school buses being in the middle of that

"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 also need to take into account that drivers in DC Metro area are horrible under the best of conditions.

I've avoided doing them on here because 1) I've been super busy starting a PhD. 2) the last couple of times I've gotten some people telling me I didnt know what I was talking about 3) hurricane season was super stressful.

However I've done a ton for my friends and they've been pretty spot on, where do you get your forecasts? My point is, theres a very fine line in forecasting snow, and the risk is HUGE when cancelling school. For schools if theres a chance you could fall on the fine line of bad, you should absolutely cancel 100% of the time. Otherwise if something happens, you're liable and a child dies.

You also have to take into account back roads and freezing temperatures, buses really struggle with that kinda stuff so you're better off taking it easy. Forecasters have gotten a lot better, but again if you're asking for down to a 1x1 mile resolution you're just not gonna get it. Theres wayyyyy to much variability, however by and large on a synoptic scale; yes forecasters have improved IMMENSELY over the last 20 years

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

My county really errors on the side of caution. On the West side, the county line follows the top of a mountain and on the East side, the line basically follows the Skyline Drive along a different mountain line. The valley in between is usually good but on those mountains it can get ugly quick.

The schools have so much liability these days. They're not just considering buses, but also children drivers, GrannySchoolMarm falling down on an icy sidewalk, etc...

They have to think in terms of, sure it looks good here in town, but if we open or start on time, and that one kid who lives in Possum Holler on the edge of the county where there's a little ice tries to drive to school and ends up in a ditch, there's going to be Hell to pay.

Leonard. Duh.

bingo these back in my day arguements dont hold weight because its not your day anymore a lot of things have changed

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

**Jumps into the NSD thread only to see that we are still talking about the weather....leaves**

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Doesn't hokiesports.com typically do like a live tracker thing on NSD? Am I looking in the wrong spot?

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Roy Williams on Golic and Wengo this morning told the guys to tune into the football program around 11 this morning.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Don't you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby

So am I being paranoid when a lot of other schools have tweets and such about welcoming new signees and such and VT has nothing on any social media or webpage about today?

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Yes.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

Yeah, it's too quiet and only Ricky Walker has made a post so far..........

Jeremiah 29:11 and Go Hokies!

They are doing their usual signing day show this afternoon, probably not as big production as in December because we are probably only signing 3-4 guys compared to the 23 we signed in December.

^THIS

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

Here you go:

That's a beat writer. I'm talking he HokiesFB account or VT football accounts. Just a weird look compared to say UNC, Clemson Cuse, Miami etc.

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Oh yea, I totally get that, and yes - a little strange we do not have anything up. Maybe that gets updated before Dax announces?

But I agree - seems like we should have the same tone as we did in December for the February signees

#firepetemoris

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He only controls one of this accounts.

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Doesn't social media roll up to him?

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Not the HokiesFB account.

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1 down, 2 to go

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Chatman to FSU

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

The Debbie downer side of me is starting to worry we might not even pull Dax. That it will be a relatively quiet day besides Cam and Becton making it official. I think I am going to take this approach so my heart won't be ripped out of my chest today while at work. I'd like to get something productive done today since I'm being paid for it. If Dax doesn't commit I very well might need Joe to change the picture on this thread, immediately!

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Ye of little faith...'tis going to be a good day.

Clearly I started to panic a little...

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Are they having a live feed of any of the recruits announcing?

Thanks

This is my least favorite day of the year. Not because of the recruiting misses (which suck, but with this gig I focus so much time evaluating the kids that are here that it is difficult to spend much energy on kids who choose not to be), but because of the inevitable childish backlash (and I am guilty of it as well) when we don't get all our targets.

The only thing that makes today tolerable is watching the VT football snap and seeing a ton of work and enthusiasm being put in to get better before most of us were even up.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

But hey, maybe we can learn something here. Maybe if we even *think* of having a childish backlash tweet, post, or comment, then we just eat some regular ol Pringles instead?

But I agree - these decisions affect these kids for the rest of their lives, and they all have different reasons for why they go to one place and not another. We should always be respectful and have nothing but well wishes for them in the future.

Get out of class at 10:50

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

His status from Verbal to Signed needs to be updated on TechSideline and HokieSports (but maybe his NLI fax isn't formally in yet...).

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

Sitting here watching other schools getting all these croots. ...just gimme some good news today baby, I don't want much

Predictions- looking back, this will be a really good class for defensive backs at VT. Conner and Waller could be special. Nadir Thompson has amazing athleticism. Webb is a guy who is physically ready to play tomorrow. And, in all honesty I hope Farley finds his way back to the offense and DeJuan Ellis gets that shot at corner. With his flexibility and athleticism he could make one hell of a corner.

I like the OL class- so much will depend on their willingness to work, but I would be shocked if VT didn't land 2 starters and 3 starters wouldn't shock me.

Patterson is a kid that is so easy to root for and has tremendous physical gifts. Just be patient folks, and if he comes in and exceeds all expectations, celebrate it. If not, relax. It will come.

Defensive end was already loaded with young guys with upside. I hope Baptiste happens but it doesn't sound promising. Adams will be an interesting watch. He only compares to Corey Moore from a size perspective- he plays the position very differently. Defensive tackle- love Goode, Kane looks good on film (so did Hewitt, although Kane was more productive as a high school player against good competition), but to look at the roster and see 9 scholarships being used at DT and no reliable rotation guys beyond Walker is very worrisome.

Running back- eh.

Wide receiver- I like it, and I like it more with Hazelton (and hopefully Farley) figured in.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Kane is most likely going to the O-Line correct? (per Shibest?)

Thank you for the breakdown! Glad you feel that good about DE upside.

Here we go !!!

The good news is I don't see the crazy hokie guy in the crowd

he'll come running out from behind the curtain after Sandman starts playing

"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 that isn't the only good news we get...

Where's the fast forward button?

Come on home Dax!

1-0 every week

Man only Dax would do a video to Meek Milly, bet them Philly fans enjoying this video. Come on please Dax, that track has been my soundtrack the last week.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

LETS GOOOOO

WE DID IT BOYSSSSSS

Go Tech Go.

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Semper Fi

Yesssssss!!!

Thank God! We needed that one.

We put the K in Kwality

Any word on Jamarcus Chatman?

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

Probably FSU

@CraigThompsonVT

supposed to sign around 11:15

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and there it is....FSU

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

FSU it is

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Confirmed FSU

Awesome News.

Have thoroughly enjoyed this year in recruiting. The NC2VT thing has really worked out.

#NC2VT and Bud landing 3 composite 4-Star LB's in two classes are the biggest stories re: VT recruiting right now, imo

so next up is JJB?

edit: not JBB

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So when does JBB commit to FSU?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Bitter just retweeted this.

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JJB to OSU.

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Via Bitter, a bummer:

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

So Walker is the only one left on the table for the day, right?

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

Well I think that about wraps it up . I'm just happy we got Dax .

So...have Becton or Goode sent in their NLI's?

Becton has according to 247.

Why hasn't Goode gotten a composite bump from him getting into the ESPN 300 last week?

He already received the bump. He was an .86 prior.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

His previous bump from .86 was before the recent ESPN bump. I am wondering if they will update it or not. Really doesn't matter in the end but was curious.

Lost in the wash of our revelry over Dax is UVA getting passed by Duke for 12th best class in the ACC on 247. They're now 13th only beating out BC on 247 and 14th in the composite.

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

Yeah I'm starting to get worried from the Crystal Balls about this Noah Boykin kid. I was really hoping they wouldn't get a 4 star and that our avg. recruit rank would be higher than their highest rated recruit.

HAHAHAHAHA now 247 is saying Boykin signed with Notre Dame. Which means along with DJ Brown decommitting and signing with Notre Dame, their top 2 corner targets and top 2 rate recruits decided what Hokies already know...that UVA isn't gonna be a winning team anytime soon. Or in the words of Colin Cowherd, "UVA is soft, and therefore are no threat in big-time college football".

Time to see what's going on at TheSabre

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

He committed to Notre Dame.

This from Le Sabre;

And they managed all of 10 points against us last year? they are trending
down.....we are trending up.

RT from Mike Barber

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

At least Walker didn't pick tosu.

Year 3 is coming up!

Well....not sure how to feel about this class. Waiting for French to tell me how to feel.

This class is awesome - maybe the best in 10 yrs??

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Sooo Top 20 Recruiting Class???

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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21 on ESPN bottom line ticker this afternoon

'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'

FWIW we lost Grant and JJB in the last day or so

Keep calm, Gobble on

21 on 247 thus far as well. But that could change as the day progresses. The teams ahead of us are just waiting on low-level targets to sign, so there won't be much upward movement from what I see (TAMU, MICH, USCe).

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I really wanted that 15-20, but if we can be just 1 off the top 20, then that's an upward trajectory and makes me feel optimistic. But DEF shoot for 15-20 next season. In the meantime, onward and upward.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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Yeah, so did I . I think we are on an upward trajectory with recruiting. I have little to point at to suggest that, I just feel like the defense that we are building will truly be hard to stop starting this year and beyond. Also, the signal callers that we are getting into the QB room can't be seen as anything other than special. I think we are 1-2 skill position players away from a CFB playoff spot. Those skill players might already be on the roster too. I think getting Devyn Ford and grooming QP/HH/JJ will be the point we look back to years from now, and say that was a turning point for VT football. Call me overly optimistic. But I wear my O&M "sunglasses at night" (and during the day).

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Yeah unfortunately we are probably gonna finish at 24 with Neb and UNC between just ever so slightly ahead of us after they hit on their final top targets (Maurice Washington for Neb., Antoine Green for UNC).

Fortunately those margins are razor thin and really don't matter in the grand scheme. We improved our avg. significantly and just the sheer number of quality recruits is mind-blowing. We are well stocked for years to come at CB, S, LB, WR, TE, and QB. Now if we can convince Ford to stay home and recruit a few stud OL and DL, we have the chance to have a special team in 2019 and beyond.

UNC between just ever so slightly ahead of us after they hit on their final top targets

THIS^^^. This is what REALLY pisses me off. Unacceptable.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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It's just a recruiting ranking. The score on the field is what matters

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

I know that, but it STILL annoys the ever-loving expletive outta me. And it still looks bad.

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Land, Ford, Robinson, etc are huge recruits, but 2019 could be special as far as O-line and D-line recruiting goes.

O-linemen:
Riley Simmons
Jesse Hanson
Jakai Moore
Bryan Hudson

D-linemen:
Ardarious Jones
Savion Jackson
Brandon Smith
Ben Smiley
Hakeem Beamon (I expect a UNC to VT flip)

Everything I've read on Brandon Smith doesn't lead me to believe he is considering us much. He seems to be pretty high on a lot of blue bloods and I haven't seen a lot of talk about us really going after him. Seems like we're focusing more on Savion for our high profile defensive player this year. I have, however, never been more eager to be wrong about something.

I don't understand how that's possible. Last time I looked UNC was lower than VT on ESPN, 247's team rankings, and Rivals, but UNC was higher on the composite ranking. And Scout.com was bought out by 247, correct? So how is UNC higher? Am I missing a major recruiting service that would somehow outweigh the other big three?

Fuente doing press conference on signing class and other things. Live streamed here:

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So we only got Dax out of the 4 today?

Year 3 is coming up!

we only got Dax out of the 4 today

Correct

Don't think it's as good as last year's but still incredibly happy with what we got!

Breaking it down by position the last two years have absolutely loaded us at Defensive End, Linebacker, Defensive Back, Wide Receiver, and Quarterback.

O Line, Running Back, and Defensive Tackle remain a concern, mainly because of terrible (RB and DT) and mediocre (OL) classes between 2015 and 2017. If I could add one 4 star player to this class it would be a speed running back that can break tackles, without a doubt

Just out of curiosity, why don't you think it's as good as last year's? This year has higher average rating, more 4 stars and higher overall rank...

I was a personal fan of a lot of the guys from last year. Farley, Hunter, Rivers, Proctor, Garbutt, DeBose, Hezekiah, Keene, Savoy, Hooker, Watts. Almost all of those guys seem like game changers I don't place too much faith in overall class rankings and live player Evans better. Not to say it isn't close but this year we have basically Dax, Patterson and Turner. Supposedly Webb, Waller, Connor, and Tisdale are pretty goode? Lot of potential gamechangers for sure but I feel like last year had more

Fair enough. I would agree that last year's class had a lot of guys who made an impact in their freshman season and we haven't even seen some of the higher rated guys. Hard to tell how many guys from this year's class will be impact guys when they haven't played a down yet, but here's to hoping were all pleasantly surprised.

OK guys, I'm back. did I miss anything?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

New 2019 Commitment is in. Mike Sainristil CB with great offers! Boom!

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