2006-07 Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/12/07

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The Hokie Hotline (football and basketball season)

When: Every Monday from 7:00-9:00 during football season, 7:00-8:00 during basketball season.

Where: Click here for a list of radio stations, and to find the link for listening to the show on the Internet (look to the right on the hokiesports.com page that loads when you click the link). You can also watch the archive on hokietv.com.

Jim Cavanaugh

  • This is a very good recruiting class. They will find out exactly how good
    in about three or four years. It’s a good recruiting class because the
    Hokies filled their needs.
  • Tyrod Taylor is a quarterback. He’s been mislabeled as an athlete playing
    quarterback. He’s actually a great quarterback who happens to be able to
  • Tech signed 13 players from the state of Virginia. It was just a strange
    year in 2006, when they signed just six. Part of the problem last year is
    that the state had a lot of receivers in the top 10 who were more interested
    in how many catches they were going to get than how many wins Virginia Tech
    was going to get.
  • Some of those receivers left the state for the wrong reason, in Cavanaugh’s
    opinion. One of them went to a certain school in the Midwest, and he’s
    already been switched to a different position. (Editor’s Note: Cavanaugh was
    most likely referring to Branden Caleb, who went to Oklahoma.)
  • Recruits from Virginia don’t have to leave the state to play for a top
    football program now. Unfortunately, some kids still don’t see it that way.
  • Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a player. He has a knack of making good
    decisions. He can make any throw on the field. Coach Cav recruited Tyrod
    earlier, and Curt Newsome recruited him after he was hired by Tech. He’s a
    good kid, he gets good grades and he’s also a very good basketball player.
  • Taylor is a little taller than Bryan Randall and the Vicks. He is a very
    polished player at this stage.
  • Cris Hill can run. He’s a good player and he has good height (listed at
    5-11). He is very polished. He was on the Richmond All-Metro Team for
    offense and defense. He is going to play cornerback for Tech. He does
    everything well.
  • Davon Morgan is a free safety. He is a very outgoing person. He is the
    type of guy that loves to practice. He’s in great physical condition. He has
    great ball skills.
  • Blake
    DeChristopher is every bit of 6-6, 310. He’s a very good student and has
    excellent athleticism. He went to a camp last summer and impressed, and his
    offer list went up by eight schools in a matter of 24 hours. He’ll play
    offensive tackle.
  • William Alvarez is a very good player. He’ll probably play tackle for
    Tech. A.B. Latif and Jaymes Brooks will play guard. It’s a very nice,
    symmetric offensive line recruiting class.
  • Latif in particular is a very physical player. He just pile drives
    defenders. He is a very good recruit for Tech. Some of these guys could
    possibly help Tech this year, because Tech’s offensive line depth is so
  • It’s important for Tech to get recruits to campus for games. You don’t
    realize what a great atmosphere Lane Stadium is until you see it in person.
    That gives the Hokies a big edge on the field and in recruiting.
  • Josh Oglesby is in a good position because he enrolled in January. He is
    working out with Mike Gentry, and he’ll go through spring practice. His
    father was a very good player at UNC. He comes from great stock.
  • Darren Evans put up tremendous numbers during his high school career. He
    was the focal point of his team. Charley Wiles and Bud Foster know Evans’
    high school coach. When you recruit a player from Indiana to Virginia Tech,
    you have to have some kind of a connection.
  • D.J. Thomas could play tailback as well. He’s going to be playing at Fork
    Union next year and enrolling at Tech in 2008.
  • Hunter Ovens is very good. He’s a SuperPrep All-American. His football
    abilities are overlooked by his baseball skills. He might have a decision to
    make later this spring.
  • Quillie Odom and Barquell Rivers are two other linebackers that can really
    play football. They give the Hokies a good nucleus of inside linebacker
    types heading into the future.
  • Danny Coale is a very fast receiver. He has a lot of long touchdown plays
    on his highlight film.
  • Patrick Terry, another wide receiver recruit, has the fastest 55 meter
    time in the state of Virginia this year. Kendrick Pressley will also play
    wide receiver. That gives the Hokies three very fast and athletic players at
  • Tech signed four tight ends because of their athleticism. They are big and
    good athletes. They can play a number of different positions. Duane Brown is
    a former tight end recruit that comes to mind.
  • Kevin Sherman got some very good defensive line prospects from the state
    of Maryland. Justin Young and Courtney Prince are very good looking players.
    Kwamaine Battle, from North Carolina, was recruited by Charley Wiles.
  • Alonzo Tweedy was recruited to play whip. Generally the Hokies just move
    players from other positions to whip, such as James Anderson. They actually
    recruited Tweedy to play whip. He has good speed and a good frame. He’ll
    have to put on a little weight.
  • Some rating systems are totally insane. They are there to make money off
    fans. It’s that simple.
  • The coaching staff prefers to use the spring game or a spring scrimmage as
    big recruiting tools, rather than a Junior Day. Most of these recruits and
    their families travel from Northern Virginia, Richmond and the Tidewater,
    and when they travel all the way to Blacksburg, it needs to be for a big
  • Bud Tribbey was a good looking defensive tackle prospect. He and Davon
    Morgan were very productive for Varina. He really liked the Communications
    Department at Syracuse. Originally Tech talked to him about enrolling in
    January, and that didn’t sit too well with him. But that’s how the numbers
    were playing out at the time.
  • Besides D.J. Thomas, there are several other recruits that have a little
    work to do academically. Cavanaugh can’t comment on the recruits, but they
    all have a chance to qualify.
  • Cavanaugh said he still enjoys the recruiting process quite a bit.

Monday was Day 807 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup.

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