March 2021 Football Recruiting Thread

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Remember folks, we're steering clear of 247 embeds, but a link is very useful (you can just copy/paste the link into the body of the comment and it will work).

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"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Not sure if anyone seen it yet. We just picked up a transfer from UMASS. Jared Cole. Im sure he has to sit a yr.

Hokie Love!

Love it for the kid, but how many 5'9" 180lb slot guys do we have on the roster now? I hope he contributes, but I just don't think all of the guys in that role could even possibly get near the field.

listed as a running back, seemingly gave up scholarship money at UMass to be a PWO at Tech

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Wife went to UMass grad school. I went to VT undergrad. I can see me getting some zings in with her at dinner over people wanting to get out if UMass and get to VT so badly that they are willing to give up scholarships just to be Hokies.

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Wow! One things for sure. He is coming to work hard.

Hokie Love!

he does not have to sit a year due to NCAA stance on covid. immediately eligible, has 5 years to play 4.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Im also wondering if Jordan Williams gave the staff a little insight on DK. Liiiiike....
Coach Fu: Does he like Hardees???
J Will: Nah Coach, hes a Dairy Queen😊

Hokie Love!

Hey - some fun Virginia Tech football family news. As has been mentioned in their original signing thread, the McDonald twins from Salem officially signed today to round out the 2021 scholarship class (barring some transfers potentially - I have no idea what the scholarship situation is like).

But also, a walk-on commitment from PJ Prioleau [https://twitter.com/pjprioleau11/status/1374534497333620739?s=21]!

Evan put a CB for us for Cj McCray transfer out of Marshall

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That would be a pretty nice pickup, need more backers for sure.

Hokie Love!

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

Good news on the Givens front: after one crystal ball pick for Penn State dropped to 1, the lead Virginia Tech writer on 247 gave him a high CB to VT.

*Edit: Evan G. Watkins & Brian Dohn have put in crystal balls to VT.

Virginia Tech now leads the weighted crystal ball predictions for the Top 100 ranked OL recruit.

these are the vibes we need in the football world. leg to you good sir

Gunner p...........

Not gonna say it

i laughed

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Would be nice to get a big In-State target to commit early. Good momentum with him and Sherrod, but would love to see it sooner than later.

Gobble Till You Wobble

Talent like that hasn't been Given to VT in a long time!

Doug Nester

Bro, its a pun.

ME Class of '16
VA --> AL
I'd rather be golfing.

haha. Doh!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Whats the deal here? Im thrilled he is looking at us, but wondering why the big dogs arent running away with this one. Any insight?

I hate rude behavior in a man. Won't tolerate it.

Clemson was the favorite, and if he gets the greenlight I still think he goes there, but they are finnicky about their numbers and have already taken two OT commits for this cycle. By that same vein though, they are always a team to look out for throwing a high rated recruit an official offer late in the cycle if they have room.

Also had bad camps. I think Gunner is a good get but I wouldn't be surprised if he drops to a low 4 star by the time it's all said and done

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Yeah, lots of guys look the part as sophomores and then spend the remainder of their recruiting class cycle steadily dropping. Some guys breakout as juniors or seniors and steadily/aggressively rise.

Kinda hope that doesn't happen or Clemson would hop back on the train and land him

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Assuming Clemson doesn't enter back into the mix what are the odds we land him?

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High

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Well if he commits to VT, his ranking dropping is just kind of tradition at this point

I know this is a joke, but I don't really subscribe to this stuff. Givens is already dropping after poor camp performances. He will likely continue to drop whether he commits to us or not.

One of the big "bama bumps" of the 2020 class was OLB/DE prospect Will Anderson, who was bumped up to a 5* and near the top overall prospect discussion after his senior film was released late in the cycle. People cried "BAMA BUMP!!" "IT'S ALL FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS!!" despite the fact that his senior film was one of the most absurd things I've ever seen for an edge rusher.

Fast forward to the end of the 2020 season, Will Anderson started for Alabama at EDGE from day one, led the SEC in QB pressures, led all freshmen in QB pressures by over 30, and finished with 7 sacks, 10.5 TFL.

Prospect rating drops happens to Bama, Clemson, OSU, LSU, and Georgia commits too. Albeit less often. Sometimes they pass on guys who were super highly rated as sophomores and by the time signing day comes around their rankings have dropped, and they end up at lower tier schools because they genuinely weren't takes anymore.

right, and VT players have gotten bumps on 247 too. not from a low-mid 3* to 4/5* but it's happened with going from low to mid 3* and mid to high 3*. People just don't get as hyped about that

Yep, a class that comes to mind is the 2019 class. I'm pretty sure Pinckney, TayRob, and King were all late cycle bumps to 4*.

Holy crap, that was a heck of a highlight reel

I do think the good news on the Givens front (r.e. bad camps) is that, from what I read, he was playing out of position and trying to make it as a defensive tackle. Considering he started his high school career at a tight end, moved to offensive line, and was rated on pure athleticism and potential as a sophomore - then tries to move to the other side of the line... I can see how he might do poorly.

However, all that said, I think he could be an elite, big nasty for Vance Vice, and would absolutely love to see him in Blacksburg.

You had me at "...he started out as a tight end..." Natural fit!

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despite the fact that his senior film was one of the most absurd things I've ever seen for an edge rusher.

This was not a lie, my god.

(add if applicable) /s

He literally cut through defenders like butter. It looked like he ignored them completely.

Damn InternsπŸ˜”

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I don't care if they have interns helping produce content as long as someone of authority(full time staff who is in charge of social media) is reviewing and approving them for release, then it falls on them.

Fair. So Damn PeteπŸ˜”

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i know we drag our football social media gang a lot, and typically rightly so, but this doesn't look like something they made. holy saturation batman

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I also don't think the school on official recruitment stuff can use names like that of nfl players.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Well to be fair... we didn't? /s

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Probably not VT - there's a huge '3rd party' market for recruiting graphics. Solid Verbal had a good episode about this last offseason.

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I can legit tell y'all it was made by an internπŸ˜‚

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That's quite unfortunate then.

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Are you that intern?

Wasn't meπŸ‘€

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Shaggy?

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You had one job Primus

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I have many thoπŸ˜”

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Our biggest concern with Covil isn't this graphic. He got an offer from Clemson yesterday.

Yep

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Story on The Athletic just came out on the guy. At worst he's a walk-on LB that provides leadership to the LB group and gives Tyler a player in the trenches to lean on during the week.

I'll take him. We need depth there anyway

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I feel confident we can finish in the top 10

Some highlights from DJ Harvey spring football.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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He's been great so far as a two way player in this spring season from everything I've read. Nice to finally see some of the highlights from it. There is a lot to be excited about with him.

in case anyone thought Laborn was a viable option, he's gone the JUCO route

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

A JUCO in KANSAS

Guess he did not mind dropping down a couple of step to the JUCO ranks but balked at stepping down 4 or 5 to get to the University of Kansas' program.

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"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

RB no less

I know its not March anymore but I just saw this on 247 and thought it was interesting

In anticipation of the NCAA dead period coming to an end in May, opening up campus recruiting visits for the first time in over a year, Virginia Tech has extended multiple summer official visit invitations.

Typically, Virginia Tech prefers not to host official visitors over the summer but with the NCAA dead period lasting as long as it has and recruits itching to get on campus, the Hokies are gearing up to host multiple official visitors throughout the month of June.

VTSCOOP has compiled a list of prospects that have directly confirmed their plans to visit Virginia Tech officially in June.

Stay tuned to VTSCOOP as this list is expected to continue to grow over the next few weeks as the Hokies push to bring even more talent to Blacksburg.

Cam Miller – WR/CB – June 4

Mansoor Delane – DB – June 4

Rashaud Pernell – DT – June 4

Kyree Moyston – DE – June 4

Bryson Jennings – DE – June 4

Greg Gaines – WR – June 11

Patrick Kutas – OL – June 11

Ramon Brown – RB – June 18

Malachi Madison – DT – June 18

Cam Miller – WR/CB – 4 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Cam-Miller-46102671/

Mansoor Delane – DB – 3 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Mansoor-Delane-46110656/

Rashaud Pernell – DT – 3 Star (rated 89)
https://247sports.com/Player/Mansoor-Delane-46110656/

Kyree Moyston – DE – 3 Star
New post below about him as well https://247sports.com/Player/Kyree-Moyston-46109952/

Bryson Jennings – DE – 3 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Bryson-Jennings-46082298/

Greg Gaines – WR – 3/4 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Greg-Gaines-46084005/

Patrick Kutas – OL – 3 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Patrick-Kutas-46103516/

Ramon Brown – RB – 4 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Ramon-Brown-46081132/

Malachi Madison – DT – 3 Star
https://247sports.com/Player/Malachi-Madison-46099961/

We also got a CB yesterday for Kyree Moyston
247 Profile

247 Rated 3 star SDE class of '22 from Suffolk, VA (King's Fork) (88 on 247 in house rating)

On a recruiting note. Why no news of the Offensive Lineman from LBHS committing? Not Givens. Saw it on Twitter days ago.

Hadn't seen anything about a commitment recently. On 247 it shows we have 3 '22 commits

Devin Farrell - DUAL
Milton (Alpharetta, GA)
6-0 / 192
0.8577

Harrison Saint Germain - TE
Westfield (Chantilly, VA)
6-4 / 230
0.8427

Braelin Moore - DT
Freedom (Bethlehem, PA)
6-3 / 290
0.8416

Because he's a walk on.

feel free to share the news when you see it too

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I'm up for an Orji in Blacksburg...I'll see myself out

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Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Trading a Hooker for an Orji, are you?

Sounds like a great team player. Really good in a crowd. Great ball skills.

He can run. His passing is ehhhh

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Pretty sure that was an Orji joke....

On 2nd read through yeah probablyπŸ˜‚

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He has an impressive offer list according to 247: baylor, michigan, nebraska, oklahoma, tcu, texas tech, vandy, and houston

I heard something from a homie. Probably gonna happen tonight Idk

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On a scale from "It would make Fireman happy" to "It would make DC happy" how big a thing are we talking here?

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It depends honestlyπŸ˜‚

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The new FireDC scale of happiness. I'm intrigued. Tell me more...

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Will need some fine tuning but rating, other offers (needs other p5 offers for DC) will have big impacts, Jacksonville area recruit will get Fireman a little extra happy, in-state is preferred for DC, position will also influence things, DC seems to place a lot of value here (not that he's necessarily wrong) WR/RB are less preferred, while an elite corner/D-end prospect will shoot up the happiness ratings

VT '17

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6 questions:

Is this potential recruit from a state on the East coast?
Are they north or south of the Potomac River?
Are they on the offensive or defensive side of the ball?
Have they been mentioned in this thread?
Are they on the line or a "skill" position player?
How many Hardee's coups did this take?

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I'll answer 2 questions. Offense and how y'all feel about #txtovt22?πŸ˜‚

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I mean....Orji who got a CB today is on Offense and from Texas

9PM eastern or Central?

9 EST 8 CST

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BAG sighting on twitter

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RIP BAG... all the good ones are gone.

Alright lads false alarm on tonight but probably in the next couple weeks

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Tease.

Hey me and my homie can't help when recuirts be like ehhh I'm gonna wait a little bit longerπŸ˜‚

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Can you tell us who it was so we know who we aren't getting?

We probably getting the dude unless a couple coaches who really wants em gets in his earsπŸ˜‚

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Experience tells me that when we get hyped for a commit and then get told we might have to wait a few days we wind up getting the short end of that stick.

Cole Nelson did the same thing last year. Just wants a vid

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Anyone going to start an April recruiting thread?

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