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[Mark Umansky]

Virginia Tech added a 5-star... long snapper to its 2018 recruiting class. Oscar Shadley announced his commitment to the Hokies on Monday.

Shadley — a U.S. Army All-American — is a scholarship player for Tech. He also had an offer from Oregon. The 6-2, 230 pound Naples, FL product started at defensive end for Golden Gate HS last season, and will also strap it up at tight end for his senior campaign. Golden Gate coach Mike DiGrigoli explained the nuances of elite long snapper play.

"Long snapping may be his niche and his way of getting a scholarship, but make no mistake about it, it's not like being a kicker, where all you really have to do is kick," he said. "As the long snapper, you have to be able to play other positions and excel at them. On (PAT and field-goal) kicks, once you snap the ball, you've got to block. On punts, the snapper is usually the first guy down the field, so you've got to be able to make a tackle. And he's done that for us. A lot of his highlight tapes show him running down the field and making the play on the return man. Talking to the recruiters, they really like his ability to cover punts."

Rubio Long Snapping rated Shadley as a 5-star recruit (Division I prospect), and their review of a recent Shadley camp performance is Frank Beamer levels of special teams erotica.

Shadley was excellent at the Rubio Long Snapping VEGAS XXIX Event on January 14-15, 2017. Body is D1 ready right now and he is one of, if not the best overall athletes in his class. Kid snaps with pure power and absolutely destroyed the athleticism aspect of the camp. It almost wasn't fair. Love to see him lock down his spiral and make sure his accuracy is smooth and on point. He could go down as one of the best. Coaches should offer him right now if they are looking for a 2018 Rubio Long Snapper.

K.J. Henry would be the ultimate prize for Tech's #NC2VT campaign. And the Hokies are outpacing other suitors for the West Forsyth HS (Clemmons, NC), 5-star defensive end's services.

Surprisingly, it's not Alabama or Clemson who is recruiting the 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect the hardest. It's a team who is on the rise with second-year coach Justin Fuente.

"Virginia Tech," Henry said of the school who is on him the hardest. "They're a much smaller school compared to Alabama and Clemson, but I like them. They're doing the right things. They're close to home. They have good relationships with my parents. The coaches have shown lots of love."

Vick to Tech's hall of fame. Virginia Tech announced its 2017 hall of fame class.

Faster than the speed of light, y'all.

AMA. Hokies legend, Mountaineer slayer, and mini-helmet connoisseur Shayne Graham is set to answer all your questions live, Thursday at noon EDT on TKP.

Comments

When do you sleep Joe?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Seriously! Joe's a machine!

Wait, why are we up still? When do you sleep HF?

Let's Go

HOKIES

Baby duty? I get most of my Netflix time in while bouncing a child back to sleep. Thank god for smartphones.

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).

I'm so glad our second and third kids never went through this. The first one was a terror to get back to sleep.

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

"Frank Beamer levels of special teams erotica" - easily the line of the day.

That's the type players Funente will continue to draw... Thanks Coach Beamer for starting the tradition.

Virginia Tech topics du jour, eh?

He could go down as one of the best.

When we have an Oscar Shadley statue in front of Lane Stadium these guys will say that they knew all along.

Seriously are we not doing phrasing anymore?

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

Hopefully we have a holder that's as good at his job as our long snapper is at his

We actually don't need a holder, that's how good this guy is, his snaps land and stay in the perfect spot every time...

AMA. Hokies legend, Mountaineer slayer, and mini-helmet connoisseur Shayne Graham is set to answer all your questions live, Thursday at noon EDT on TKP.

I like how casually you drop this news

There was a post announcing it, but Joe locked it for comments so it got pushed down the Tracker.

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).

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

PS... Does the guy in the very top picture work as a janitor in a Castle from the Medieval Times? And I thought my keys were hard to get out of my pocket...

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

Speaking of that key ring, is that attached bottle opener still a mandatory purchase at the bookstore? It seems I don't know a single Hokie who hasn't owned one of those. Goes great with one bad-a** chunk of metal that can be obtained in the links in these here parts of the interweb...