The Road to Signing Day 2007: Early VT Recruiting Strategies Becoming Clearer

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As I write this, Virginia Tech has seven football commitments, and most of
them share common characteristics: they don’t have a lot of offers and aren’t
well-known around recruiting circles, some of them weren’t even listed as Tech
targets before they surprisingly verbaled, and many of them verbaled after
receiving an offer from Tech’s one-day football camp. The early commitments and
the success of Tech’s one-day camp illuminate some interesting recruiting
strategies being put in play by the Virginia Tech coaches.

In
the old days (when Jim Cavanaugh was young), recruiting was a quiet,
behind-the-scenes science, followed only by a handful of zealots and a small
group of recruiting analysts. Recruits’ names weren’t well-known to the general
fan base, outside of their high school area. Commitments weren’t reported as
they occurred, and the names were released on signing day.

These days, of course, it’s different. Thanks to national networks like
Rivals.com and Scout.com, plus independent sites like TSL and The Sabre,
everyone knows who the recruits are, what schools they like, when they’re
visiting, when they’re announcing, and what color their shoes are. Recruiting
has grown from a cottage industry to big business.

It’s hard for a high-profile school like Virginia Tech to recruit a player
without everyone knowing about it. While it’s easy to point to "The
Internet" as the reason, the proliferation of camps and combines has
contributed to the information flow, as well. Players make the rounds and are
seen, and the coaches who come to see them at the combines and camps are seen,
as well.

It’s not like the Internet is a big,

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