Doug “Budd” Thacker, a 6-2 ½, 250-pound defensive lineman/offensive guard out of Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, will make an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech today and tomorrow. The name may sound familiar to Hokie fans, as Thacker’s father, who is also named Doug, played for Virginia Tech in the 1970s.
Budd does not yet have an offer from Virginia Tech, but has been in contact with the staff.
“He received a ton of offers in the spring,” Seminole head coach Mick Harris said. Seminole sent three players to Division 1A schools last year. “Houston, South Florida – every school in Florida except for Miami, Florida and Florida State has offered, Maryland, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Mississippi State…there are a lot of them. Budd thought last year that he would play out his senior season this fall and then see which schools had offered. That’s what he’s doing now.”
A versatile recruit, Thacker primarily plays defensive tackle but has played some defensive end. He mans the right offensive guard position as well. Included among his strengths are quickness, strength and playing at a high energy level.
“He’s a good athlete,” Harris said. “I think his strength is part of the reason he is as good as he is. Another reason is his motor. A lot of schools really like his motor. We play him on both sides of the ball. He is capable of playing offense or defense on the next level. Defensively, he could be a tackle or an end. The thing that coaches really like about him on defense is his quick start. He has a very, very explosive start.”
Most schools like Thacker on the defensive side of the ball, although some like him on offense.
“He’s probably not going to be a 300-pounder on the next level, but he’s going to be a quick, strong player who is 275, 280 pounds,” Harris said.
An outstanding student, Thacker carries a 3.48 grade point average and has scored a 1270 on the SAT.
Extremely strong, Thacker can bench press 365 pounds and cleans 335 pounds.
“He’s a good weightlifter,” Harris said. “In fact, he qualified for the state weightlifting meet as a sophomore and again last year. He has his eyes on medaling this year.”
How interested is Thacker in VT?
“I think Virginia Tech is one of his top choices,” Harris said. “Of course, if you’re a kid in Florida, you’d love to go to one of the Big 3, but I’m not sure that will happen. Virginia Tech is one of the choices out-of-state.”