A Big Week for Virginia Tech

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on January 15, 2013
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This is a big week for Virginia Tech, and it begins today.  It’s time to pause and try to get you all caught up on what’s going on in the football program right now.

Right now, we’re waiting on three things…

1: The official hiring of Virginia Tech’s new offensive coaches.
2: The impending announcement of Logan Thomas
3: Qualification status of incoming recruits.

We’re all hoping that Virginia Tech bats 1.000 this week in terms of good news in the football program.  In fact, the Hokies already got good news this morning.

Qualification Status of Incoming Recruits

Fork Union offensive tackle Jonathan McLaughlin announced via Twitter just moments ago that he made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse, and he is all set to enroll at Virginia Tech next week.  The 6-4, 288 offensive tackle is originally from Mauldin, SC.  He’ll get a jump-start on his college career by going through spring practice before his true freshman season, and it sounds as if he’ll be working with a new offensive line coach as well.

Tech is still awaiting the NCAA Clearinghouse ruling on Fork Union tailback Drew Harris.  The 4-star recruit from Pennsylvania originally signed with Virginia Tech in 2012, but played for a semester at Fork Union to get his grades up.

Roger Gonzales of The News Virginian in Waynesboro spoke with Fork Union head coach John Shuman earlier today, and Shuman said this regarding Harris’ eligibility: “I think everything is looking good.”

If that report is true, then that will give the Hokies a big 215-lbs running back to add to the mix this season.  We plan to take a closer look at Tech’s 2013 running backs in a TSL Pass article very soon, following the official hiring of the new offensive coaches.

Will Logan Thomas stay, or will he go?

Logan’s Decision

Logan Thomas is expected to announce his NFL decision this afternoon via press release at approximately 4pm.  The rising r-senior has already graduated from Virginia Tech, and he submitted his paperwork to the NFL to get a better idea of where he would be selected should he choose to enter the 2013 Draft.

Information on where Thomas was projected to go in the NFL Draft has not been released, but few if any mock drafts had him going in the first three rounds.  It’s a nearly unanimous opinion that it would be in his best interests to stay in college for another season.

Virginia Tech is reportedly close to hiring Scot Loeffler as their next quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, and he has coached a number of NFL quarterbacks in the past, including Tim Tebow, Chad Henne, John Navarre and Tom Brady.

Coaching Announcements Coming Soon

It seems nearly certain that Virginia Tech will hire Scot Loeffler as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, as well as Jeff Grimes as offensive line coach.  It has been reported that Aaron Moorehead, an assistant coach at Stanford, could be hired as wide receivers coach as well.

Remember that this is a process.  The contracts have to be drawn up, and the background checks have to be performed.  It generally takes 2-3 days for that process to take place, so I would expect an official announcement to come from Virginia Tech later in the week, assuming everything checks out correctly.

Clearly there is going to be a lot to talk about in the next few days, though we aren’t going to closely break down the new coaches until they are officially hired.  Here are a few things you can expect in TSL Pass articles in the next week…

1: A closer look at the 2013 Tech running game, with or without Drew Harris.
2: How Logan’s decision will affect Virginia Tech.
3: Multiple pieces from the TSL Staff on the coaching staff changes.

These are exciting times for Tech fans, and we would like to take this time to encourage you to try TSL Pass for a month.  It’s only $5.49 (or, $54.99 for a year, if you choose the annual option), and this week is just an example of the coverage we provide all year round.

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