The Road to Signing Day 2007: Early Offers

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Question: Is Virginia Tech slow to make early scholarship offers, and do most
of the Hokies’ early scholarship offers come in-state? April (ten months before
signing day) is an ideal time to ask this question and examine the answer. As
the Commonwealth of Virginia is beset by college football programs trying to
lure the top players out of state, the early figures indicate that the Hokies
are going out of state strong so far this year, particularly in North Carolina
and South Carolina.

As has been documented extensively, a lot of the in-state talent fled the
borders of the Commonwealth in 2006, and time will tell if that occurs again in
2007. Probably not, at least not to the extent of last year. Virginia Tech has
also stated that with ACC membership, they’re going to recruit the mid-Atlantic
states hard, mainly North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland.

As we also documented extensively in February, the Hokies didn’t have the
kind of success in the mid-Atlantic states that they’re going to need in the
future, if they want to stay competitive in the ACC. One of the main driving
factors in the recent coaching changes was improving recruiting in NC and SC.

Given all that, are the Hokies being more aggressive in the early going in
those key states? Is Tech’s recruiting spreading beyond the state of Virginia
and becoming more regional in nature?

You can’t answer those questions this early, but examining the early
scholarship offers that Tech has handed out, there’s a noticeable flow of offers
to North Carolina and South Carolina in particular. Tech has extended almost as
many offers in each of those two states as they have in Virginia, an interesting
development. Here are the 2007 offer figures so far, with 2006 offers for
comparison (all data from Rivals.com):

Virginia
Tech Offers By State
(as of 4/5/06, per Rivals.com)

State
2007 2006
...