Hokie Tracks Ready for the Early Signing Period

It takes a (momentary) break from shipping Horse on a Treadmill t-shirts and TKP logo trucker hats.

[Mark Umansky]

The early signing period is nearly upon us. Recruits can sign their national letter of intent prior to February from a period of December 20 to 22. This is new this cycle, and according to a bunch of anonymous college football coaches, it's now the de facto National Signing Day. Take that, first Wednesday in February.

The Hokies are not approaching it any differently than their peers.

With that said, Tech's still after many uncommitted prospects (plenty of which are outside the scope of this post).

K.J. Henry is poised to sign on December 20. The prevailing sentiment among recruitniks at the moment is Clemson will be the ultimate choice, but the Hokies received an official visit from the 5-star defensive end and are in the final group.

"A lot of people don't realize how much I actually like Virginia Tech," he said. "They're a sleeper for me. Coach Fuente has been hitting me up the most out of any coach. The fact that a lot of my good friends are going there and live less than 30 minutes from me right now is the main pitch for me.

Indeed, Henry would join his friends and 2018 Tech verbal commitments Tre Turner, Alan Tisdale, and D.J. Crossen as part of the #NC2VT movement.

In the face of the unwritten recruiting rule to win over mom, Henry's father might influence his decision more than his mother. Keith Henry serves as running backs coach for the Charlotte 49ers. Effective on January 9, 2018 FBS programs may hire a 10th assistant coach. Henry made no bones about the desire to play at a Power 5 program where his dad coaches.

"Out of my five schools, if my dad were to end up anywhere, obviously that's what he loves to do and he is part of my family and I like all five schools enough to where that could be a big decision coming forward," Henry said. "It's nothing where it is an analyst type deal or anything like that, but if he could go in and coach that would be big.

"At the same time, we have already talked about that. He is not pressuring me like if he were to get a job he's letting every coach know that doesn't ensure that I'm committing there. It's still my decision, but it is definitely something I think about."

It would be a blue shell to Clemson if one of his other finalists (Tech, South Carolina, Georgia, or Alabama) hire Keith. In any event, that Wiles' smile will be replicated among the faces of Hokie Nation should Henry sign with Virginia Tech.

Oh, hello, Dax.

Felt like posting something

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The Hokies have been in the thick of Dax Hollifield's recruitment since they offered back in February 2016. The 4-star, Shelby HS (North Carolina) linebacker has a bevy of Power 5 offers (reportedly including Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, and Notre Dame), but he's narrowed down his finalists to Tech, Stanford, and North Carolina. Two local teams (one that's beaten the other 93-10 in back-to-back seasons), and a one west coast academic institution.

"With Virginia Tech, I just love the relative closeness to home," he said. "It's just right up route 77. Coach Foster and the 'Lunch Pail Defense' is what I really like about Virginia Tech. The obvious difference between Stanford and Virginia Tech is the distance from home. The education is different too. The education at Stanford is the best in the world.

"Trust me, North Carolina has made a big push," Hollifield said. "I'm by far their top recruit right now. They have visited me more than any school over the past two months. It's been insane. They have done everything they can. They have a great education. If you get a degree from UNC you can do anything. I want to be a dentist and I know their dental school isn't for undergraduates but there's a good shot you would get into it if you're a UNC grad. North Carolina is the flagship school in my home state.

The U.S. Army All-American will make his last official visit to Stanford on January 12, and that's a decided advantage for the Cardinal. However, Justin Fuente will be afforded the opportunity to make his final pitch to Hollifield on an in-home visit afterwards.

Jordan McFadden flipped to Clemson. McFadden committed to the Hokies on the 4th of July, but a late hometown Clemson offer changed the game for the Dorman HS product.

That stings for Tech, which needs all the beef it can get in its 2018 class, and a long-armed OL who can dunk a basketball fit the bill quite nicely.

Three offensive lineman β€” John Harris, Luke Tenuta, and Christian Darrisaw β€” are pledged to the Hokies this cycle. This weekend Tech will get a chance to impress a pair of walkers β€” 4-star Rasheed Walker and 3-star Walker Culver β€” on official visits.

Quincy Patterson is finally recognized as a 4-star talent by the 247Sports Composite (about damn time). However, his academic prowess continues to rival his on-the-field achievements. Read: "How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech's First Quarterback to Major in Engineering".


Slightly misleading the last news article, as he hasn't actually majored in Engineering yet, he's just on the current path. I hope he does manage it, but i'd be very surprised if he does - it's barely possible for a full-time student to do it, let alone a student athlete.

EDIT: I just hope he takes Boyers geography class or his wine class.

it's barely possible for a full-time student to do it

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I wasn't nearly as prepared for engineering school as QP is at his age. Sounds like he is well prepared with lots of AP credit which will help lighten the work load a lot. Not to mention he has managed all of this in Chicago of all places, with more distractions and hardship than VT will have by a long shot. Yes, both school and football will be taking a big step up for him, but it's all about time management and he seems to know how to do that. If you have the drive to learn, which it sounds like he has tons of, VT will supply the help he might need to get his degree and he'll have 5 years to get it if he wants + summer school. He's got what it takes to get that degree, I'd put money on it.

I think he can pull it off. He is not coming in expecting instant playing time. In fact he has said he is comfortable waiting behind another QB for a few years. Redshirting, and waiting behind Jackson and Hooker. Utilizing Summer classes, and more electives in the fall. Junior and Senior Year at Tech wasn't easy, but the stress was definitely more manageable. Smaller classes allowed more contact with Teachers. I can see it working for a responsible young man with perspective.

i mean brady quinn did and double majored in physics too i believe, an andrew luck did architecture which isnt exactly a cake-walk, some people just hit the gene pool lottery

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Luck might have majored in architecture but there is no chance he did all of the required work. Architecture isn't hard, it's time consuming.

Engineering is different. I think you could graduate with an engineering degree and play football by being smart and by having good time management skills. There aren't many people who could do that in architecture and not many professors that would be willing to work around the class schedule/ practice schedule conflict

Consider that football players are often on scholarship for 5 years and almost always take summer classes. That basically gives him 12-13 semesters to cover the classes that normally would fill only 8 semesters. I know more and more regular students are taking a 5th year, but the point stands.

If you get a degree from UNC you can do anything.

Should we tell him?

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Yes, definitely tweet at him /s

1-0 every week

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

You can get a degree from UNC by doing anything.

You can get a degree from UNC by doing anything nothing.

If you get a degree from UNC you can do anything.

It is because you have all the free time while in college without having to go to class.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

If he went to a UNC football game, he already has a degree.

Hoping we get an early Christmas present from Mr. Henry and we can add some Walkers to our list of commitments!

1-0 every week

I have already put KJ as an afterthought. If we get him, it will be a great surprise. But unlike, others, I am not putting on orange/maroon glasses for this because he is more than likely not coming here. It is what it is. Not worth the disappoitment... just my .02

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

The KJ Henry Situation portrayed by Spongebob

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

I had Dax's exact haircut in 7th grade. My hard hittin analysis for the day.

Here's hoping he turns out better than you did!

Just kidding

I hope he does too!

You pumpkin-pie haircutted Freak!

I had this discussion at work one day. When Harland Williams says that in Dumb and Dumber, who is he talking to? Harry or Lloyd? They both have interesting haircuts, so I'm not sure what pumpkin-pie haircutted freak is referring to.

I think it's Harry because he says, "Gimme that booze you pumpkin pie hair cutted freak" when making Harry, the driver suckin back on grandpa's old cough medicine, hand over the beer bottle full of Lloyd.

Edit: I now realize I forgot it was Lloyd who has to pick it up first. Wow, what a conundrum. Everything in my world has been turned upside down.

Harry has a lack of haircut so he has to be referring to Lloyd.

"You don't stare into a rearview mirror"

I always thought the cop was talking to Harry, just because he's been addressing Harry earlier. It's one of my favorite insults, I giggle every time.

So you got all the chicks too?

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Dude has 3 x the amount of hair I have ever had in my entire life...ever. #geneticssuck

Obviously all the comments here are perfectly fine so far but just a reminder for everyone that recruits do read material like this.

ie. I saw KJ retweeted this article earlier this morning.

Using /s is for cowards.

Hi, KJ!

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

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

Hey KJ:

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

She's very well qualified.

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

+1 every time for her

"Give me a fuΒ’king beer", Anonymous Genius

KJ be a Hokie !!!!!!! Dax you too !!!!

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech's First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

I can guess what people will probably say but... Jeff Beyer graduated with a degree in ESM.

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

And the Hokies were undefeated when he played.
Maybe he should have played more???


Biomedical Engineering?

Recruit Prosim

was reading his bio, we have a jayvee team?

I know Tech used to because they played FUMA post grad one year while we were up there to get ready to play their varsity team.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

My freshman year, 2003, I was walking to the stadium lot to go to Radford for work and I heard a football game going on in Lane and it was open, so I looked inside real quick and it was VT JV playing FUMA. Really weird.

ESMs are weird. I've never met an ESM I didn't get along with immediately. They're approachably weird; good folks, funny mindsets.

ESM guys are physics majors with social skills..

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So they should pretty much just call this one "signing day" and February's "late signing day"

Last time we hired someone's dad Lawson won us the MNC right?

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"


It would be a blue shell to Clemson

That's the most accurate way to describe it. I would leg it if I could.

Go Hokies

James Mitchell picks today

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Can a recruit sign on any day between early and late? Or he either signs early or signs in Feb? (I guess one could enroll, like how early enrollees used to do last year.)

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I believe its only Dec 20th-22nd. Then have to wait until Feb.

They can only sign their commitment on those dates. They can sign their grant paperwork and enroll early anytime but the grant paperwork only means school is stuck with them they could theoretically back out and not enroll and sign with another school in February.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

I didn't know the best place to put this so I figured I would just stick it here.

No real sauces here but the rumor mill around the interwebs is saying that it has to do with dorms.

Using /s is for cowards.

Clicking through the tweet to the profile tells me that it is VT's VP of advancement.

So he's probably giving us a heads up on an advancement announcement?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own