February 2020 Recruiting Thread Part 1

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Thank God. Time to flood a new thread with gifs and embeds!

LETS GO!!

My 2019 Season Challenge: only comment with Star Wars memes. (completed as of Nov. 29)

2 questions. Any news on Xavier Kelley, DT from Clemson? How do we feel about our chances with Naquon Brown? Haven't heard much on either of these guys. Thought I'd get my question in before the gif parade

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Brown is on campus.

No idea how likely but we need to land some blue chip DEs again.

Say Wat, son? Landyn soon before he goes elsewhere!

Probably need to take 2-3, but I would be okay with just two if they are quality like Watson. We really made that room look a lot more promising with the late additions of Beadles, Bryant, and Wooten.

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I thought we were still mad at Bill for what he said about our facilities.

I think this was what you were trying to quote... the link went to his mom's Twitter page.

Virginia Tech Class of 2013
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Sailing the Eastern Seas....on a ship filled with sand....

The TV studio and equipment available to the students within the Sports Media program are top notch. Just went through a huge renovation as well.

Ooooo

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That would be the sports broadcasting facilities. Not the football ones. Especially compared to other schools with more money.

Virginia Tech Class of 2013
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Sailing the Eastern Seas....on a ship filled with sand....

Landyn is 6'3". Is Bill standing on a box?

The kid is sitting on a stool/chair and Bill is standing up.

Jordan Poole and Michael Gonzalez also on campus today

I was posted up right next to the recruit section at the Florida State game just now. Saw Dax, QP2, Coach Lecht, and coach Tapp all 'cruitin 'cruits. I don't know the recruits' faces well enough to know who all was there though.

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

Did you hold up a sign at them with just PLS on it or did gobble gobble chumps beat you to it?

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

croots pls

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

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I assume the coaches said hi to her?

Her statements are a good prognostic indicator that he may be a Hokie.

Hi Felica!

You definitely love to see things like this.

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It is exciting to see how the new defensive coaching staff does on the recruiting trail.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

embedding your own tweet with a picture from someone else's tweet is like the -wayne gretzky" - michael scott of TKP

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His was buried in a collage of pictures most people wouldn't have seen it.

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So I spent a few seconds trying to figure out how to pronounce Oudna and thinking that must be part of his name.

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

I was thinking it is OU DNA all combined.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

That is the conclusion I reached as well... after saying "oh-ood-nah" in my head a couple times.

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

some crystal balls coming in for Tyler Nelome

Coach Beau retweeted this weekend his offer tweet from may

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

big boy offer list, 22 P5 offers. UF commit last summer

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

first P5 offer, plays with Dematrius Davis at North Shore (TX)

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

Blessed and to receive a(n) offer from Virginia Tech University.

FTFH.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Get him and another kid named Berry and I don't care what that class ends up being ranked.

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Plaid.

Already been played by our cousins

Cute and all. But we had Wang Chung. So.... yeah...

Wang Chung > Dingle Berry

well what about these two beauties?

THE Cousins, man.

They ain't our cousins. Not mine at least.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Future ACCN commentators: As with previous seasons, the Hokies have tremendous depth at TE All-Name team with Dingle, Pene, and Boerboom

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

They have spent 5 times as much as they did in 2014 and have been very successful, just missing out on the national championship.

2017: 13-2 with a College Football Playoff National Championship Game loss;
2018: 11-3 with an SEC Championship Game appearance in the 2018 season;
2019: 12-2 with an SEC Championship Game appearance and Sugar Bowl victory.

Long Snapper Dayton Fairchild commits

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

Rashad Battle with his top three heading into signing day tomorrow. he'd be our second highest rated player of the 2020 class

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

Our tiny 2020 class keeps mysteriously getting bigger

Choose my reply!

  • can't wait for your meltdown about how our coaches can't close on recruits if he picks NCSU or Pitt
  • class of 16 recruits is still relatively tiny
  • we wouldn't have the 68th ranked recruiting class if he comes to us
  • he hasn't signed yet

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

Since it's more than 16, that one is out

3 enrollees (Bailey, Lee, Clements), 11 NLIs (Bryant, Wooten, Saunders, Beadles, Hampton, Rudolph, Jenkins, Brunson, Strong, Moore, Pene), and 1 commit (Wright) makes 15 total right now. Battle would be 16.

Or do you only count players joining us from the portal when it's favorable to your argument?

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

I'll pick all of the above

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1. There are other offers out there, so we will take more if we can. 2. I'm counting the 5 star punter, 3. If we can take 2 transfers onto the roster, we could have taken 2 HS kids...thus blowing your ridiculous "we couldn't recruit because we didn't have many spots" argument away.

the punter is a PWO. Scholarship comes with winning the starting job, so more than likely 2021 when Bradburn graduates.

thus blowing your ridiculous "we couldn't recruit because we didn't have many spots" argument away.

whose argument is this? it's not mine. but you go on and on about how our class isn't small, then isn't that small, in multiple threads and it's objectively wrong.

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

I came up with the decision that what you say and if you have the facts to back it up what you said doesn't matter to DC he is still gonna argue with you anyway. So I think if we ignore him enough he'll get mad that no one wants to argue with him and leave

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What's wrong is calling a 17-18 spot recruiting class is so small it has you recruiting with G5 schools. That's objectively wrong.

You almost got me

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Comin in hot

Caught myself ๐Ÿ˜‚

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what

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

My inter tempest came out though for a split second ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Didn't he not even visit us?...

pretty sure he cancelled his trip here to go on an OV to Pitt this past weekend

Gobble Till You Wobble

did he cancel the OV or did we cancel the OV?

It takes two to tango.. er to schedule an OV.

No clue on the details. Just had seen on 247 he was supposed to visit and then there was an article about him having a last minute change of plans.

Gobble Till You Wobble

sometimes the question is the answer

We had an in home. It didn't go well.

Go on....

I haven't heard any specifics about it, but for whatever reason we moved on after the in-home, and the word is similar from NC State.

That sounds more like lack of interest on our part (as well as NC State's) rather than his - did I read that right? And it's not a miss if we move on.

LoL, he's not coming here.

We know. It's still need to be posted to the RECRUITING thread

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Only way I see him ending up somewhere besides Pitt is if Narduzzi leaves and becomes MSU's new coach..and even then I'd probably guess NC St.

If Nardouche goes to MSU, he will not be missed.

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

Curious. Why would he show VT in his final three if his in home went so poorly? Why not just put out your top 2?

Looks more impressive to include a big time football school in his top 3.

Obvious answer.

Something appeared to happen after his visit to NC State where both VT and NC State backed off on Battle. Not sure what happened.

He's 1000% going to Pitt. He didn't visit VT

So are we supposed to get anyone tomorrow? I know Anokwuru was high on us on ESD, but haven't heard anything about him since

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

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

Sweet. This means he should be transferring to VT in a couple years. #KU2VT /s

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"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

When signing day is all said and done, can the topic be updated with the people whose NLIs we get? @Fireman, can you do this solid for us?

Each signee should get their own topic. But you just want a table of who has signed? I'll see what I can do around my classes today.

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Are we going to do a NSD thread?

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

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Yougstown St DE Justus Reed in portal- started career at UF. 6-3 270. Looks like heavy VT interest

STORY

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

He has more P5 experience than most of our coaches.

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Probably the best gif ever.

Dang... I know its against FCS competition, but he looks like a guy who could really elevate that position for us. He has a motor and plays disciplined - he doesn't get too far upfield when he rushes.

Would be a really good pickup IMO

Is it basketball season yet?

Really would like to get this guy. He is crazy old....a 2014 recruit....yep you read that right, apparently Youngstown in on the other side of the NCAA curve from us. Kind of makes my head swim that he still has a year left in his SEVENTH year of college football but here is a story about it all. Wait seven years that can't be right.......we can't get him, no way the NCAA lets Virginia Tech have a player in his seventh year of eligibility.

https://www.tribtoday.com/sports/ysu-sports/2019/03/de-gets-2-more-years...

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"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

I did 6 1/2 years in Blacksburg, don't have any graduate degrees though. However, I changed majors and was suspended a couple of times. I did enjoy my extra time in Blacksburg though.

A friend of mine recently went back to school for Mining Engineering. I think he is a thesis or two away from a Doctorate. He just bought a house down there too, so think he may enjoy the area a little longer.

Yup, I did a 6 year stint for a BA

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

6 years here because I was actually 1 credit short thanks to my "adviser" and therefore had to convince my new employer that it was ok for me to start working for them while I finished one class on line. Still can't believe they went for it. Had to sign an offer letter that basically said if I didn't pass the class by the end of the fall semester, they would fire me.

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looks like he's taking official visits to VT and FSU. Hoping TnT can convince this guy that the Hokies are dynamite

LOL, UNC JUST gave him a raise??? That's a kick in the teeth

Best recruiter in college football today

Really? Because Lonnie Galloway and Jay Bateman brought in most of UNCs 2020 class. I think that reputation is mostly promoted by Brewster but not based on reality.

Wonder if UNC still gets the 24/7 bump now with Brewster off to Florida.

Also, wonder what Des Evans is thinking since he fell for that hucksters pitch.

THAT is some good recruiting news. Get him as far from us as possible. Although we do like crootin in FL, I don't think we have as much ground that we could gain with FL recruits as we do with NC recruits.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

We offered the same day Lousiana Tech did, has since been offered by Houston and Baylor

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

Quick question... are those new jerseys in the graphic? Bringing back the stripes?

I think it was just our jersey from the year we did the stripe effect, not a new one.

"I am probably too rational to be here"

I hope not I hate the stripe, I don't want to look like our jerseys came from 1950.

Also please only use the flying VT for jerseys/helmets. The one with V and T almost on top of each other looks like the 50s too.

That is a rather big fella

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

Coach Smitty giving scholarships out? I'm liking this! FL2VT!!

Kid put up his cell and email on his Twitter bio...um, is that safe?

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He's a big fan of spam

(add if applicable) /s

So I'm not sure it's been noted anywhere, but Jahad Carter (last years commit who prepped for a year) signed with Syracuse? I assume a grades thing?

Yep

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Anyone go to recruiting event they just held in NOVA?

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Yep, Pierson prioleau was pretty good speaker. I asked what his favorite play was from his playing days and he said intercepting the potentially game tying 2 point conversion against Miami in 97. Was laughingly disappointed at getting run down by da U's rb. Was also clear about the transfer portal: they will do such a good job educating the players about pros and cons from here on out that anyone in the portal likely will not be coming back, because they already know they want to leave for sure.

sounds like one of the cons of entering the portal is "we won't hold your spot" /ducks

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

they will do such a good job educating the players about pros and cons from here on out that anyone in the portal likely will not be coming back, because they already know they want to leave for sure.

Makes sense when you think about what Fuente said about it being a failure on their part to educate them, just wish Fu coulda worded it better so we didn't this whole shit going on now

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

Honestly if you listen to his whole answer and not just read the headline, that made some stretch assumptions, then his answer was fine. He said it was his fault for HH and Mclease last year for not educating them enough. Said that won't happen again. Said each one moving forward is a case-by-case basis.

I do feel that overall he needs to work on his coach speak and addressing situations for the fans. I feel this one is much ado about nothing.

But I thought we liked Mike Young for lack of coach speak?

I do know what you mean though, ever time I hear Fuente quotes taken out of context all I can think is, "did I write that for him? A head football coach shouldn't sound like me."

I lost the flyer for the Tidewater area talk. Does anyone have that info?

I'm just here to sling some legs

Man I am going to stay off recruiting threads for awhile since its the dreaded offseason, but I really hope this 2021 class will be top 20-25. In order to get there based off this year's stats, we need about 8 four/five stars combined along with a .88 avg recruit rank. There is more upper level talent in VA and NC than last year combined with the TX2VT connection and we should hopefully get to that mark with the 26-28 schollys that will be available.

Ryan Smith should just set up a weekly visit to Princess Anne to get Grimes here. I would give me a 3 year contract if he was able to land us our first composite 5 star since Super Bowl Champ Kendall Fuller.

I agree that's what we need, but I will sincerely be surprised if we land more than 5 blue chips. We have DD and need to keep him. Naquon Brown seems like we have a solid chance. There's 0% chance we get Grimes or Henderson. Tristan Leigh is probably a 50:50 between us and UVA. I'm sure there be some late bloomers and some more out of state kids, but I don't see it improving tremendously

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Tristan Leigh is probably a 50:50 between us and UVA.

More PSU than UVA.

I really hope this 2021 class will be top 20-25

If not, then 2022 is our year.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Was there ever any actual interest from Blackwell to come to Tech? I know he tweeted some stuff when DD committed but that was all I could remember. I just wanna know what Mack is selling these kids..it's wild how much success they're having in NC

Also not a great day for VT crystal balls..Campbell getting more cloudy and Grimes getting a Georgia CB. Do we have any more big weekends planned to try and get someone committed and build some momentum?

Campbell getting more cloudy

And picking up big offers daily. Not good.

We did get another CB for Jack Hollifield on 2/3, so theres some good news

9 P5 offers

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Seems like a positive kid and genuinely interested in the Hokies.

I'm just here to sling some legs

Awesome news. It will be nice to have a McMillion on the team again.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

6-1 305lb Center. A little short, but stocky.

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

Could make a great NT-low center of gravity

EDIT: similar to our own Skip Hopkins, to cite a somewhat recent example

Like the beautiful Jordan Scott of Oregon (6-1, 322)

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Hopefully he puts forth as much effort as whoever photoshopped his announcement. There's a lllllot going on there ha

/sssselecttool

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I had to do a double-take on that jersey.

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You mean him being a Virginia Tech Paladin?

Well, quite frankly, I saw the kinda-weird shoulder stripes and thought "Oh, no...here goes another sub-thread on shoulder stripes...".

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19 P5 offers, big boy offer list

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11th P5 offer. plus the all important illinois state offer

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He has a bitchin' name

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https://www.roarlionsroar.com/penn-state-football-recruiting/2020/02/678...

Anyone know if staff is still going after him? Know he got offered in 2019. Also for all those people who complain about offering kids with few P5 offers, PSU offered him when all he had was Rutgers and lower tier teams. Sometimes there is a reason.

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13 P5 offers

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He is from Tennessee right? #TX2VT

Wait, he used the TX2VT tag but his 247 profile says his school is in TN

Maybe he was born in TX and is just taking the scenic path to VT

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

I'm confuzzled. Why did he tag a GT account?

don't know where the GT comes from, but from his twitter bio, he is the Head Football Coach Elbert County High School

He was previously the asst. director of player personnel at GT

12th reported P5 offer

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10 P5 offers

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35th P5 offer. big boy offer list

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Looks like a couple of offers to rbs today. Do you think that has anything to do with Campbell potentially cooling off? Or would you say this is business as usual?

i don't have any connections to the program or anything, just share what i see on twitter about reported offers. I have no clue about Campbell's recruitment other than that he seemed very interested in us at one point and has since been getting a ton of big boy offers, but i wouldn't draw a straight line between his recruitment and us offering anyone in the 2022 class (like Omarion Hampton here)

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

I missed the class initially. Thanks, appreciate your levelheaded response

Is there a way to track offers? Seems like our offer number is insane right now.

I doubt VT's number of offers is an outlier.

Everybody offers everybody now. Even though they get treated like it here, 80% or more of VT offers aren't news. Like so much of college athletics now, their basic purpose is to just keep up with the Joneses - and keep the VT name out there in the twitter-verse.

There was a thread on /r/cfb the other day about this that I can't find. I believe Tech was listed at 6th, while Nebraska was far and away the school sending out the most offers for 2021.

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Class of 2019:

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

They release numbers every year and Frost has lead every year. I'm surprised we were 6th, but reading this thread it really made me feel like we are offering more than in the past which if I remember correctly was in the middle of the pack ( which is still tons of offers)

Just wondering if high offer #s is a good strategy? Any data on this?

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I don't think it matters much from the numbers I've seen, but havent done in depth analysis. But for 2019 Southern Miss offered more DEs than Stanford made offers in general. Kentucky, Tennesse and Ole Miss were top ten in offers but I wouldnt say they are doing that well compared to the rest of their conference. UVA offered 100 more than VT yet we had a worse year (Still beat them) and a better class.

I think there are a lot of mind games coaches play in recruiting that dont really ever pan out, like making an offer an elusive thing, which if no one has an offer then no one is coming to your school. (Schools like Stanford can be a bit more selective though). But if you give out an offer to everyone then you are going to have to tell kids no and that's not a great thing on a large scale. And these kids talk to each other. So I'd rather be in the middle especially with a small recruiting staff since there is only so much time you can review film and such.

One really important thing to remember:

According to John Iezzi in his recent podcast interview, any offer to a VA kid is a committable offer.

So my take on the increased number of offers, especially since a bunch of them are going to TX, OK, Midwest kids, is that most aren't likely committable offers. It's probably a strategy to show these kids that the coaches like what the see, and then if an OV is scheduled coaches can determine who is actually interested in the program. My guess is that if some of these kids camp with the coaching staff, or actually come to Blacksburg, those offers probably turn to committable offers.

I think part of it is that life is a little stressful and work is pretty slow, so I started scrolling twitter as a distraction and figured embedding the offers would help. It's not that there weren't offers going out before, I don't think we were really tracking them here in the recruiting threads like we are now. And it's a time of year where offers are most likely the only noteworthy tidbits.

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This is why I dismiss "Number of P5 offers as indicator of recruiting effectiveness/quality". You think all 440 of Tennessee's offers are real/committable? LOL. How about 200 plus VT offers.. real? all of them? Yeah, nope not under any circumstance.

We have a meager 171, You're looking at football super power Duke's 200+ offers. They are beating us by 55, deja vu all over again...

but then why complain if a recruit has none? not every P5 offer might be commitable (e.g. see CJ Beasley), but I highly doubt there are players bringing in 15+ P5 offers and all of them are noncommittable

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

We need to meet in the middle, sure. You think Cole Beck's offer list was all real? I don't and this list lends credence to that. VT has 25 spots at most for 2021 and has over 250 offers out. a whole bunch of them are not commitable.

I would imagine the coaching staff has a list of their preferred players, and a list of in case, players, and a list of oh god we didn't land anybody we wanted players.

One argument is you can't land the players you don't offer. Also, these coaches have to cast a large enough net to guarantee a full class, but small enough to not overstretch resources.

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I think it'd also be interesting to see how many offers go out per expected open spots? That is a bit of a guessing game obviously with transfers, medical retirements, leaving early for the Draft, etc. but I'd say each program has a decent idea. Say Tech is looking at a class in the mid 20's, that's about 10 offers per open spot right now. Seems fair.

lot of big offers going out it seems, maybe more than in the past but I don't know. Hopefully we land some of them.

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7th P5 offer

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