Virginia Tech announced Tuesday defensive tackle Cam Goode was granted a full release.
"Cam Goode has determined that he would like to continue his academic and athletic career at another institution," head coach Justin Fuente said via a release. "We have released Cam from his scholarship with no restrictions and wish him the best going forward."
However, shortly after the announcement, Goode indicated it was not a mutual parting.
It wasn't mutual sir.— Cam Goode ™ (@CamBamBiggalo) July 31, 2018
The 6-0, 331 pound St. John's College HS defensive tackle product committed to Tech last June and signed with the Hokies as a member of the 2018 recruiting class. D-line coach Charley Wiles noted in April, Goode might catapult into the mix for serious playing time as a freshman as long as he kept his weight in check.
"We're certainly going to give Cam Goode a great look," DL coach said in April. "I've talked to him, and he knows to come in in shape and come in and give yourself a chance because he could move up the depth chart, too."
Because Goode gracious, the Hokies' options at defensive tackle, or lack thereof, is perilous. Remember, Tech strives to rotate 4 defensive tackles. Ricky Walker and Vinny Mihota are proven talents. Walker is arguably one of the best DTs in the ACC and Mihota has 36 games under his belt (though most of those snaps were at DE). It's the discussion beyond the senior duo that gets dicey. Jarrod Hewitt and Jimmie Taylor are the most seasoned backups, but their statlines are thin. Wiles mentioned Xavier Burke as the projected fourth man in the rotation after a productive spring. After that though, the depth chart is foggy and unproven. From a glass half full perspective: 1) There's plenty of opportunity for playing time, and 2) Goode's departure now means Tech has an open scholarship to allocate to its 2019 class (which is very tight on numbers).
Even with the depth chart as it stood, and the possibility that blue-chip DT Tim Settle may opt for the NFL, Virginia Tech signed one defensive tackle in 2018 — Goode. (Joe Kane didn't even have time eat a Sub Station II sandwich before he was moved to center.) In the previous cycle, Tech signed DT J'Bril Glaze and tweener Robert Porcher IV. Glaze announced a transfer in April. That's a roster management strategy that's not able to sustain uncertainty (transfers, busts, injuries) or successes (early draft departures).
This cycle Tech has commitments from two DT prospects, Norell Pollard and Mario Kendricks, and is in hot pursuit of a third Sunshine State product — Brandon Dorlus (who recently visited Tech). With that said, it's wishful thinking for any freshman to come in ready to meaningfully contribute. Though, Virginia Tech hopes that's not the case.
(Post was updated to include Goode's Tweet.)