Hokies Add Trio of 2016 Walk-Ons, Including Former DT Commit Clay Dean

Justin Fuente's staff is adding depth under center and in the front seven with three more athletes.

QB Chase Mummau, right, on one of his many Tech visits ahead of his commitment to walk-on to the Hokies' squad. [@Chase_Mummau7]

Just a few days ago, the Hokies announced their 21 commitments in the class of 2016, but there are a handful of other prospects that will head to Blacksburg this summer.

Since National Signing Day, the team's added three more in-state athletes in preferred walk-on roles, including one who was previously poised to mail in his letter of intent and play on scholarship with Tech.

DE/LB Tre Hubbard of Virginia Beach's Ocean Lakes HS, QB Chase Mummau of Mechanicsville's Lee-Davis HS and DT Clay Dean of Purcellville's Woodgrove HS have all committed to walk onto the team in August and try to earn scholarships on the practice field.

Dean's name will probably be the most familiar to Tech fans, as former DBs coach Torrian Gray offered him a scholarship early last year, and he committed in late March.

Yet Dean says his status with the Hokies changed immediately "after the new coach got hired." While he'd certainly prefer the guarantee of a full scholarship, he believes the chance to walk on at Tech was still an opportunity worth exploring, considering that the Hokies were his only Division I offer.

"It's not the better situation of what I first had, but it's still a school I want to go to, so that's where I'm at," Dean said.

Dean added that Gray's departure was "disappointing," given the bond they'd formed during his recruitment, but that ultimately didn't affect his decision to stick with Tech.

"I had no idea he was going to be heading down to Florida, but it is what it is," Dean said.

Even with all the changes on staff, Dean still thinks he can fit in on the defense, particularly when it comes to playing the "inside 3-technique on the d-line."

Mummau's journey to walking on at Tech was considerably more accelerated. He says he only heard from the Hokies a week ago, when offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen reached out to his coach at Lee-Davis to express some initial interest, and Mummau was immediately intrigued.

"All of my family is from Tech, my mom, my dad," Mummau said. "Ever since I was eight years old, I've had a big mural of Lane Stadium in my room. It's been a big part of my life, I've been to probably four or five games every year."

Mummau says he wasn't particularly heavily recruited coming out of high school, which he attributes to the broken collarbone he suffered in his junior year.

Even still, he did attract offers from both Norfolk State and Davidson, and got a good bit of interest from Purdue early in the 2015 season β€” in a strange twist of fate, Mummau actually ended up on a trip to see the Boilermakers when they squared off against the Hokies in September, an experience he says was "hard for me because I've always been a Tech fan."

But Mummau says he eventually stopped hearing from Purdue and was forced to look for other opportunities. Though Towson and Richmond both offered him chances to walk on, he was thrilled when he heard Cornelsen liked his game.

"Coach Cornelsen said he liked my quick release, he liked my frame, I just have to widen out," Mummau said of his 6'2", 174-pound stature. "I'm not the biggest guy, but I like to think I have a good intellect when it comes to the sport of football."

Cornelsen invited him to visit this past weekend, and Mummau made the trip to Blacksburg once more to get to meet the new coaches.

"We toured all the facilities and stuff, just went around and introduced myself to all the new guys that were there," Mummau said. "I'd known all the old staff from going to prior camps and stuff. I've been in and out of Merryman (Center), so I know Tech like the back of my hand. And I've known Brenden Motley for a while, so I got to see him for a bit, that was nice."

Mummau adds that he quickly felt that the new coaches were "all class-act guys and definitely made me feel comfortable going down there," and he made the decision that he'd continue the family tradition and head to Tech.

"Virginia Tech has always been my dream school, so it was an easy choice," Mummau said.

Mummau noted that Fuente and Cornelsen strike him as "quarterback whisperers," and he's eager to start learning about Tech's new offense.

"I've been watching film of Memphis and Paxton Lynch in their offense, and I'm just astonished by how well their offense runs and how fluidly they run and the types of play calls that they run," Mummau said. "It's kind of similar to the offense that we run at my high school. It's a lot of the same schemes, so it's going to be a nice transition to go over and shouldn't be too hard to learn the new offense. So it was very attractive to me, especially knowing that they were both quarterbacks and played in the past, so it's nice to know that they know what's going on on the field."

Hubbard has been on Tech's radar for a similar amount of time, and he credits his affection for the school for convincing him to go the walk-on route as well.

"I just really like Tech," Hubbard said. "I've been up there five or six times, and every time I've been up there, it's been a great experience, so I felt like it was just the right place for me."

Indeed, Hubbard's frequent visits to Tech, often with his Ocean Lakes teammates in tow, helped him form a relationship with the staff that ultimately to his decision.

Hubbard says he did a hold an offer from West Virginia State, but when signing day rolled around, he gave RBs coach (and 757 area recruiter) Zohn Burden a call and made his case.

"We were talking for a while, and I've been interested in Tech for a while, so I finally asked him 'Can I play for you guys?' and he said 'Alright,'" Hubbard said. "He let me know what I had to do to get up there, and I'm gonna get it done so I go up there and play and earn a scholarship."

Hubbard's played both DE and LB at Ocean Lakes, and while the Hokies haven't yet told him where he'll play once he gets to campus, he feels confident that "wherever they put me, I'm gonna excel."

Since deciding on Tech, he's already hit the ground running when it comes to recruiting his teammates to join him in the move to Blacksburg. He says he's particularly keen on convincing 2017 players like DT Eric Crosby, WR Tahj Capehart and RB Khalan Laborn and 2018 LB Teradja Mitchell to become Hokies too, saying he "definitely will try and bring my guys with me."

He got first chance to leave an impression on them when he drove down with that same group this past weekend, even snapping a quick selfie with Frank Beamer on the trip.

"We have all been good friends for years now," Hubbard said. "Those are the guys I trust the most, and they have mutual trust and respect for me."

He says his recruiting pitch will be a pretty simple one β€” come down, and let's win another ring together.

"We've had a great time playing together for years, and I know they'd love to have the opportunity to be back together and play in college with their boys," Hubbard said. "I hope that I can have some influence in their decision to want to come to VT. We won states, and it would be even better to win a bowl game."

Regardless of whether he can convince his teammates to tag along, Hubbard hopes to make "at least one more" visit to Tech before he enrolls in school this summer so his parents can see campus.

Dean's in the same boat, as he says he's "for sure going for either spring practice or the spring game," so that he can "meet the new head coach, meet the new coaching staff" for the first time and "talk more to my defensive staff."

Mummau is even more enthusiastic about the chance to return to Tech, and he pledges to get to Blacksburg "quite a bit" over the next few months.

"I'm gonna try and go back and forth, see if I can sit in on some meetings, get a grasp of the offense, go to spring practice, take some of my coaches with me to give them the experience of going down there and get some new ideas for practice back at our high school, and then I'll probably return for the spring game with a bunch of my family and friends," Mummau said. "I can't wait to get down there and get to work."

Comments

These guys sounds like true Hokies and having guys on the team with that much enthusiasm about the school is never a bad thing. I hope they all do what they need to do and earn a scholarship one day down the road.

These young men really seem to have great mindsets to compete. I hope they push the hell out of everyone around them and get on the field.

Having Hubbard in the ear of all those good recruits from ocean lakes is huge

Our motto bringing spirit true, that we may ever serve you

And now there is a Hokie at the head whistle position at Ocean Lakes. Hopefully that spells some good for us in the future. Lots of good kids coming out of there in the next few years.

Chase Mummau, the only thing I could think of was this song

I'm sitting here laughing thinking that's F'ed up but In a good way.

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

Not trying to spark too much of a debate, but Chase's visor game is strong. I wouldn't mind grabbing one of those visors for myself.

As a Lee Davis alum, it is nice seeing him further his playing career at Tech and represent good old Mechanicsville! Sam has set the bar for Mechanicsville walkons Chase, so no pressure!

Love the visor, but he would benefit from one that's slightly narrower so that it properly frames his face. /fashioncommentary

My 2020 Season/Covid19 Challenge: only comment with Marvel memes.

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

I'm sure it will look more proportionate once he gets gentrif... dangit. Hilgarted?

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Getting Hilgarted just sounds dirty to me for some reason.

"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

Gotta be better than the Alabama Hot Pocket.

I don't even want to know

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No sir, you don't.

Now that's F'ed up for sure and not in a good way!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

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

When did you graduate? Love seeing fellow confederates on thekeyplay

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

I graduated in '01. My older brother graduated in '94, my sister in '96, and my younger brother in '02. I moved the family back to Mechanicsville a few years ago, but into the Atlee school district. Jokingly, I hope they redistrict us to Hanover High so I don't have to feel so dirty cheering for the Raiders when my kids reach high school. I have several confederate alumni living on my street, though they preceded my time there by 10 to 15 years.

What year did you graduate? I have good memories of going to Lee Davis games as a kid and watching Adam Burke, Nick Burney, Guy Harris, and [insert Mac McConnell featured running back name here] back in their heyday.

Everybody do that Raider rumble everybody do that Raider Rumble. Everybody...Rumble.

Shout out to the Ville folks.

I graduated from Lee-Davis in '87. Mac McConnell was great; he was my government teacher. We moved away, then back to the Patrick Henry district a while back, but we're in Nebraska now. Doubt we'll be back any time soon unfortunately.

Druckenmiller the shotgun snap, fakes short, fires it deep into the end zone it is....caught! It is caught for a touchdown by Jermaine Holmes with 47 seconds left!

He was still teaching government when I graduated in '01. I really enjoyed his class and we always had some interesting discussions. I still remember him talking about terrorism in the spring of '01 and how there would most likely be larger scale attacks to come across to the U.S. at some point. Just a few months later 9/11 happened. It think he is still coaching up at Randolph Macon.

I cruised through Nebraska this Summer on our way out to Colorado with an overnight stop in Gothenburg. It was an interesting town with an old Pony Express office in the center of town. My son loved all the trains that were running through there. We also hit up Runza, which was a different experience. I wouldn't say it was my favorite sandwich in the world, but nice for a change of pace.

Mac was one of my favorites, and you're right, he led some great discussions.

If you want to make Nebraskans mad, tell them Runzas are nothing but Hot Pockets.

Nebraska is actually a nice place to live. Just too far from Blacksburg and too cold for humans in the wintertime.

Druckenmiller the shotgun snap, fakes short, fires it deep into the end zone it is....caught! It is caught for a touchdown by Jermaine Holmes with 47 seconds left!

But, really, is a Runza a sandwich? Ducks.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Graduated in '05, Mac retired right before I vent to varsity, and League took his place. Played center for good ole Sweeney.

Got ranked in the region after we beat PH, then we kind of fizzled out.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

The Mummau Returns

@sthvt

I like the attitudes. Seems like they're workers and motivated. At the very least they should push some other players. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Tell that to my friend who sank her daddy's boat one day while engaging in, well, fun and games below, after snubbing the anchor ropes too tightly up a small creek down Florida way.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

lol...woops

It's always darkest before the dawn ~ Thomas Fuller

Aight, what's her number?

Sorry, she's all growed up now, with kids of her own to worry about. They did salvage the boat, by the way, but daddy din't let her take it out unsupervised again.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Chase's dad (Curtis) and I graduated together (same major). I can tell you he is a smart/hard worker and comes from great stock.

We put the K in Kwality

I was really surprised and impressed that Dean opted to be a walk on, he is a pretty highly rated guy to be a walk-on. I have heard he grew considerably his senior year, I wonder if he has the frame to be moved to the OL

So, I thought I would look up the benefits of being a PWO. I might miss a few so if anyone wants to add:
1- you are listed on the 105 man roster
2- you compete against everyone with the opportunity to win a scholarship with your play
3- you receive the same benefits coaching,equipment,etc. as other players
4- Food is provided only at team events, meetings or any event for whole team, otherwise you receive a bill
5- You receive a bill for everything else

6- You never know when the movies will come a-callin'. RUDY, RUDY, RUDY!!!!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Too bad he was offsides

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Booooo. Get out of here.

Personally, I am pulling for Clay Dean. He got a bit of a bad deal when the new staff didn't honor his scholarship. I hope he's able to earn one in short order.

Yeah, that is a bad deal for Dean, and hopefully it was 'pulled' gracefully, like telling him they feel strongly he'll get the scholarship once he gets established on the squad, and the extra scholarship is needed to help in the transition to getting more players that fit Fuente's schemes. He sounds like a good kid that won't have a problem putting in the work needed to secure a scholarship.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

This should make all the 'we need recruiting relationships' folks excited:

"take some of my coaches with me to give them the experience of going down there and get some new ideas for practice back at our high school, "

It's an unwritten law that it's my lunch pail. I've issued the challenge. If someone outworks me, they can get it.
Darryl Tapp

Meanwhile, up the road, Biff offers full ride to Ray Savage Jr, who had offers from William and Mary, Nevada and North Carolina Central. Will be interesting to watch their recruiting. I think Biff could be a recruiting bust up there.

'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'

I love that you're calling him Biff. We gotta keep that going.

and if he misses out on a recruit that they're after can we call it a Biff Whiff?

It's always darkest before the dawn ~ Thomas Fuller

Pulling a Bhiff. Sounds exactly the same as Biff.

We put the K in Kwality

It was just too easy...

'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'

Hopefully 5 years from now he keeps the LOLUVA football program looking like this...

Past experience would lead us to expect no less, while hoping for more of the same.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Yeah, I was thinking who the hell Biff was, then I caught on. I like it, and definitely see the resemblance.

I just hope that horseshoe fell out of his ass back at BYU this past season, although I hear he's recruiting some of the BYU players to come to UVA.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis