I ask this without listing names - I think it's pretty agreed that we that CJF was a homerun when we hired him and now we want to run him out of town, so what I'm thinking is what attributes are we looking for.
I think there are 2 major things and they maybe related:
I think realistically, VT is a tough place to recruit. I think there is a ceiling - the Athletic says we avg #33 in the last 10 years., #39 in the last 5. Fuente's first 3 yrs by their rankings were 26,24, and 26. Beamer's last 3 was 27. So I think that points to a top 25 as a ceiling - not top 20, not top 15. Obviously, Fuente has lowered the floor to levels we never thought possible.
So, I'm not a recruitnik guy, but I do feel like the next guy has to have East Coast ties. It's obvious that Fuente was never able to get the kids here in VA, though he had success in NC for a while. The fact that he's pulling TX kids tells me he and the staff is more comfortable there, but VT is extremely hard sell for those kids IMO. Obviously his staff isn't helping - again I don't follow - but I don't here Corn or Shibest pulling in kids. Smith and Tapp I think were brought in to fix the VA problem, but it maybe too late.
It is hard to recruit when you aren't selling the program everywhere. I don't think coaches today are Frank, so if we think the next guy will be an aww shucks guy, we're never going to find that guy (only one I think of today is Dabo - I'm sure there maybe others). I know a lot of people complain that he's shut the program to the fans - but what does that mean, specifically? The days of open practices are long gone in most places, the new guy probably won't have them either. Sure, the spring game should be televised in some format, but I guess for someone like me (donates, season tickets, but doesn't schedule life around games ), I couldn't have told you much difference between the last couple of years of Beamer and CJF except that practices are closed. So what does the new guy do differently ? Obviously we need to sell the program back to the masses of VA HS coaches - especially the 757.
I just want to see the qualities we are looking for instead of just going I want Will Healy (who maybe great, or just maybe another CJF and we'll find that out later).