Now I realize it is just high school football, but when you defeat the 2nd Place team (Bessemer City) 48-7 then you know you have quite a few talented players on the roster. Not every player ends up at a SEC school because quite a few end up at Conference USA or Sun Belt schools. If VT is in that group of schools that is close to becoming an elite school (like many of us believe), then I would think Scot should be able to convince most recruits to come to VT instead of South Alabama or Southern Miss. It is a good way to establish a pipeline with the school that potentially could lead to signing the more talented players, who end up at SEC schools.
Eric Gallo - has not commented yet on Grimes leaving
Billy Ray Mitchell - appears to still be committed, but his head coach says he will take a longer look at it now
Colt Petit - appears to still be committed
Tyrell Smith - appears to still be committed
Brady Taylor - appears to be heading to Ohio State
Right now 1 appears to be gone (Taylor). Mitchell is probably gone because no recruit "committed" to a program will take a "hard look" when his future position coach leaves for another school. It tells me that Mitchell was more committed to Grimes than VT. Gallo is a wild card since I have not seen any response from him.
FWIW, Hokies GA Ryan Pugh went to Hoover. I think his senior season was the second year of Two-A-Days, although he wasn't prominently featured or anything.
There are certain high schools that have built up a reputation. Some of them include Mater Dei (CA), De La Salle (CA), Hoover (AL), Miami Central (FL), and Booker T. Washington (FL). The reason I singled out Hoover is for a couple of reasons. First, football in the deep south is a religion (even at the high school level). So a large percentage of recruits from the top high schools are college ready (at least from a 2 depth chart standpoint). Second, the road to the ACC championship will go through either Clemson, Florida St, or Miami. If VT wants to run a ball control offense, then it needs an OL that can control the defenders on those teams. Third, the road to the national championship or high profile bowl game will go through the SEC. If VT wants to ever defeat those teams, then it must control the line of scrimmage. Given that the SEC primarily recruits from Gulf Coast states (FL-TX), then it is logical to recruit players who have spent the last 4 years playing against these players. Right? Fourth, it would expand VT's recruiting footprint by 1 state. Fifth, VT wants to run a zone blocking scheme which means the OL needs to have strength and quick feet. High school football in the deep south is played at a different speed (very close to SEC speed), which means VT has a better chance finding that type of OL down south. I am not saying VT can't find that type of athlete in the '757', up north, or in OH. All I am saying is that the pool is larger down south. Sixth, if you start with the best the schools, then it will open up the door to all their opponents especially when reviewing game film. You never know when the coaching staff might see a potential recruit on the opposing team that peaks their interest.
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