September 2018 - Recruiting Thread

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Anybody pretty bummed out APP St. and JMU couldn't quite pull off the upsets against our 2 biggest recruiting thorns (recently at least)

SOOO Bummed. App ST was so close. I hope Penn St. drops in the rankings just because it went to OT.

Pour some Beer on it

App State, yes. JMU, absolutely not. Their fans are already annoying as hell to deal with, we don't need them beating any more ACC teams, NC State will still probably only win 7-8 games this year so hopefully we have a better year and can use that as momentum in recruiting

I agree with this. Need all ACC teams to play well OOC, but would love for NC State to be an Atlantic bottom feeder, however unlikely that it is

I agree for the most part, I do root for ACC teams in OOC games, unless it is someone that we recruit against a lot or Pitt. Essentially, I always root against Pitt, UNC, and now NC St.

You might as well root against Clemson and FSU as well, they have beens sniping top Virginia/outside Virginia targets from us for years are much bigger overall recruiting threats than any of those 3.

I actually bet with a buddy on Appy state to pull it off. Had to shave the beard and buzz my hair because of the loss. It hurts..

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"


I bet it hurts a LOT less now

It does. I still look like I'm 15 again, but I will take it

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"


Yeah? I'd take it too.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Don't hijack the thread - focus on recruiting.

Like we usually do with these threads

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

Nation's #1 CB for 2021 called us DBU!

From Bluefield, WVa too, close to home

Absolutely was not aware of this. May have to go watch a game or two now.

How amazing would it be if Willie Taggart Jr didn't commit to FSU.

Willie Taggart Jr 247


FSU doesn't make it a habit to recruit low 3*

(But Willie Taggart Sr. will be at another school by then)

hey, he could be a long snapper

Lol how much you want to bet that that Oregon offer isn't committable any more?

Using /s is for cowards.

I'm sure he will commit to whichever team/school his father plans to coach next year.

Im guessing Taggert will be at FSU for at least 3-4 years. He & his wife just pledged $1M to the new FSU $60M stand alone football complex that has a completion date of 2021. The new FSU Complex rendering photos look pretty cool.

Pour some Beer on it

Not on Twitter, anyone know if any of the Croots are tweeting about the game?

Pour some Beer on it

VT has picked up two crystal balls for 2019 JUCO DE Kuony Deng. This guy looks like a freak athlete. 6'6", 230 running a 4.6. Can't imagine what Bud would be able to do with this guy. Looks like it's down to the good guys & Texas A&M. He will be in Aggieland this weekend for the showdown vs Clemson but plans to be in Blacksburg before committing. Would love to get him on campus October 6th as we take on the Irish. He plans to commit early next month. Keep your fingers crossed folks!

Looks like he'd be a DE for us.

I'm excited to see him on Last Chance U. The show gives great insight into these players, their backgrounds, their demeanor, work ethic. Hopefully, he's one of the ones balling out.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Assuming he can't grow into a DT, what would we even do with a player like that? Both DE and backer are stacked with future talent, have to imagine we'd rather develop those guys for the next 4 years than pick someone up for 1-2. Unless of course he's just too elite of a talent to pass up.

No way that guy turns into a DT, he has the body of a long athletic DE full-stop. He's also potentially in that too elite to pass up category.

I think he's too talented to pass up. I could honestly see Hill leaving after this year if he consistently plays like he did on Monday night. Depth is never a bad problem to have (i.e. Clemson's d-line). Would love to have this horse in the stable.

Mentioned this in the past (as much as French hates it) but there have been serious talks about moving Zion to DT. I think Bud even mentioned it in a press conference during fall camp. Have to imagine adding Deng to the Garbutt, Proctor, Becton, Adams group would give the staff more flexibility to make the move.

Personally, I think will torpedo his shot at the NFL. I hope I'm wrong.

Foster staid in the first press conference that he wasn't going to do that. Has that changed?

I think that only applied to this year. These guys evaluate their roster every offseason. Position changes are always on the table (see Farley, Caleb)

We keep shoving talent into the program, no matter what.


Go Hokies

Go Falcons

He plans to commit early next month

October 7th would work just fine

You really think the game ends after midnight?

Considering how slow our offense played with a 2 score lead, I fully expect most of our games to end 3 hrs.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

For sure! By then it'll be what... 25... 30.... injury time outs a game? And at least 5 of those will be stretchered off the field to return on the next drive. It will add hours to the game.

-Willie Taggart Probably

This recruit looks more important after Hill news. Although I guess Hill might've been gone next year anyway.

Didn't realize the #10 ranked 4-Star DT by 247 Tyler Davis is teammates with Norell.


Hmmm, had a VT offer too.

'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'

Any recruits coming to the W&M game?

I hope not. They'll be bored to tears.

Ethan West out of Cosby 4* Tight End and Linebacker

...and Norell Pollard is going to be a seriously twitchy DT

'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'

If you're like me (God help you), you're probably wondering about the large dot labelled "Chatham, VA" that is feeding several recruits to Alabama (which is the default school). That happens to be the town where Hargrave Military Academy is located.,_Virginia

Edit: The offsetting of the average recruit distance radius is disturbing to me. It really should be centered on the school. I understand why they decided to offset it (rationale at the bottom of the page), but you can see the offset from the locations and sizes of the hometown dots. It's not necessary, and skews the visualization of the average recruit's distance traveled.

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

Ben Smiley gettin a lot of CBs to UVA, interesting, didn't realize that was even a possibility for him. Maybe other schools don't have him as a take anymore or maybe Bronco selling him hard on getting back at Tech for not offering him. Lol


He already committed to them once, and de-committed 31 minutes later.

He's been like a shadow commit ever since.

Hokies offered him as OL and not DL. So he did have an offer.


This kid is havin a hard time commiting...


His family really doesn't want him to go to uva

he was probably only 799% committed to them

I kind of feel bad for him to be honest. If it's somewhere he really wants to go I don't see why they wouldn't support him. Plus he'll get a really good education

Not sure he really wants to go there.

This kid is havin a hard time commiting...

Understandable. He has other opportunities.

'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'

Not sure where he sits with our coaches and his Oline offer from us, but if he is still a take as an olinemen we could give him the old Dejuan Ellis try. Tell him we see him as an olinemen but will give him a fair shot at DT. We could use the depth on either side and if he turns out to be a good DT then it's just a plus.


He's not coming here.

Recruit Prosim

I can't wait for ESPN pre-game story about how VT didn't offer him, didn't say hello to his mom, and kicked his puppy.

Been pretty quiet on the recruiting front lately. Any news out there?

Are we about done with this class, any surprises come nsd?

Just looking at numbers, yes, we're about done. Big '19 fish are Deng and Gary. Maybe the OT committed to OSU. Other than that, pretty sure focus is squarely on keeping everyone on board and getting on 2020 early.

Nester or Jacoby?

Nester, from W.Va


Who are the Big Fish for 2020?

Trying to flip an offensive lineman

Recruit Prosim

Pretty hard since most of them are 300#+. ; 0

...sigh, I just understood this DAYS later.

bravo sir.

Same here. A well-deserved leg for you.

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

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Congrats to Jaden!

A major honor and always HUGE to have athletes representing the Hokies from a recruiting standpoint. Also good TV exposure.



From rags to riches, I love these Cinderella stories especially when they benefit the good guys.

Me too. I think this story will have a nice Payoute for the good guys too.

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

β€œWhen 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

Former TE Darius Redman has a new interview series called "Beneath the Jersey" going on. His first episode was interviewing Trevon Hill but his new episode is with Clellin Ferrell. They go into his recruiting a little bit and what made him choose Clemson over VT.

Probably should be in some other forum, but at the end of this video, you get a tour of Clemson's facilities. All I can say is dang, it almost makes me want to play for them. You can see why they are so appealing before you even factor in the on-field success.

- "And now Miami wants to talk about it..."

Pretty good, he just has to work gettin rid of okay, okay, okay. Looks like he's interviewing his way through big Va recruits.


Tech just received a commitment from 2021 ILB Aaron Willis out of Maryland, judgin from the reaction out of writers this is a big deal

Sounds good to me!

The 5-11, 200-pound Willis is considered one of the top linebackers nationally in the 2021 class. He plays at a powerhouse program that regularly sends a half-dozen players or more to the Power-5 level in each class.

Hokie Haven

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

I was a little concerned about the 5'11" part until I realized he is only a dang freshman and he could still grow a couple of inches before (if) he makes his way to Blacksburg

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

That's what we thought about Tank Land at 5'8".

Just sayin'.

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True but Willis is already as tall as Ashby.


Lets see if this holds when the "Big Dogs" start calling.

Is it basketball season yet?

some of them done called already

I think we have all agreed that 2021 is the year we really take that next step in recruiting.

Why not 2020?

No worries. After we knock off FSU, Miami, & ND during the season, plus Clemson in the ACCCG, and Bama in the playoffs, 2020+ recruits gonna are us as one of the Big Dogs.

Folks on 247 are projecting a top 100 maybe even 50 player

Keep calm, Gobble on

If he's not the top 10 defensive players by the time he is a Junior I'll be scared of the top 10 for that year


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

reminds me of Aaron Rouse...a heat-seeking missile

How many people did I just watch die?
That's his freshman tape?!

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

Maybe I missed it (admittedly just scanned through the tape), but did it show any pass coverage responsibility? Lots of TFL's, and kickoff coverage. Just curious about his coverage skills.

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

No need for pass coverage skills when he's on the field, it's an automatic sack or TFL, QB doesn't have time to throw before he's hit

Awesome news! Originally from Midlothian, VA but is a huge step to gaining momentum at a place like St. Frances. Hopefully we can grab Blake Corum from 2020 class among others!

That's great, love gettin dmv dudes, but tbh I'm holdin off on my excitement a bit with all the 2020 and especially 2021 guys. I could start dating a girl tomorrow, get married after 2 years have a baby that would be 3-6 months old by the time he maybe suits for a game as a freshmen.

Just sayin a lot of things can change between now and signing day 2021. He's got pop and talent and i'm less concerned about the big dawgs swiping him, but more on how a kids interests change quick when they're that young so there's just a chance he falls in love with another program in the next 3 years.


He can sign in 2020 now can't he!! /s

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

New meaning to the early signing date.

Well, that certainly is some exciting news before jumping into the weekend!

ACTUAL RECRUITING INFO ALERT: 2020 Southwest Guilford (NC) DE Myles Murphy picked up an offer from VT, looks like he has offers from NC State, Florida, South Carolina per his Twitter acct

Got to imagine that this didn't help much with the elite players of the 757...

This will go down as an epic recruiting backfire. I don't think it means we never get 757 recruits again, because that is silly, but we also can't ignore that we went to one of our recruiting hotbeds and then got upset as a 29 point favorite in the biggest upset in college football within the last 10 years according to FPI.

I'm not sure it will make any difference at all if VT can bounce back and fix the problems.

It's a big if right now, but one game doesn't make that much difference, even a horror show like yesterday.

8 games left, go 6-2 or 7-1 and we'll be fine. the bigger issue is that based on last night we are closer to a 6 win team than a 8-10 win team

I agree with all this. I feel like people are overreacting. Let's not forget that regardless of how bad FSU might be this year, just 3 weeks ago we beat them in their house, which is no easy feat. Even if we don't recruit against ODU in the 757, we do recruit against FSU. And even if this does ruin momentum in recruiting the area, let's just keep poaching kids from NC and FL.

Payoute, Hudson, Pinckey, & King have just announced their decommitment. /s

If anyone was wondering, Keandre Lambert and Lamereon James were at the ODU game on official ODU visits, possibly more if any recruits bought a ticket

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

Sauces suggested we were in a good spot w Lambert, now I'm holding my breath until the next update on him.

The tangible reality of the situation if he leaves is probably worse for Clemson than the optics. They have a top DT QB committed for the next class, but if KB redshirted and transferred, they'd have two scholarship QB's in true frosh Trevor Lawrence and r-fr(?) Chase Brice for the remainder of the season.

Not a problem. If Dabo can do anything, it is recruit. This is a perfect example of being able to tell recruits if they come in and perform, they will play.

There have been a handful of players across the country who have told their coaches they are not playing anymore this year so that they can redshirt and transfer to a new school. Jalen McClesky from Oklahoma State is the only one I know off the top of my head though.

Could someone like Trevon Hill transfer mid season, sit out the rest of the year and it count as a redshirt year?

Hill already red-shirted in 2015


Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Can someone put together a list of our top Targets for next cycle?

Here is my list:

Chris Tyree RB
Blake Corum RB
Kaelon Black RB
Julian Fleming WR
Porter Rooks WR
KeAndre Lambert WR
Jalin Hyatt WR
Ethan West TE
Bryn Tucker OT
Anton Harrison OT
Walker Parks OT
Tyler Baron DE
Coziah Izzard DE
Fadil Diggs DE
Tre WIlliams DT
Antoine Sampah ILB
Miles Brooks CB
Joshuah Moten CB
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair S
Nekhi Meredith S
Malcolm Greene S
Lamareon James ATH

1 DT?

Haha, I agree, but according to 247 they've only offered 3...chaos

He even said Virginia Tech, left out University. I like the cut of his jib

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

Weird, two DB offers both last name Thompson and both in Texas

I wonder if these are kids that Nix already had a relationship with when he was in Texas.

Using /s is for cowards.

Sat thru multiple lightning delays to see a glimpse of Keshawn King tonite. King (I think it was King, Oakleaf's numbers are invisible and Fleming Island announcers ignore the opponent) had 3 TDs in the first quarter and I left when they announced yet another 30 minute delay.

Looks to be 5' 10"/180-ish with major quicks. Fleming Island HS has no defense (neither does Oakleaf) so it was not a severe test. Score was 21-0 with time left in the first Quarter...could have just as easily been 28-21.

No idea if they decided to finish the game

edit: from this a.m.'s news