New Coaches Perform Well in ’07 Class

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Coaching turnover following the 2005/2006 season did not equate to trouble on the recruiting trail for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech’s four new coaches – Torrian Gray, Curt Newsome, Mike O’Cain and Kevin Sherman – tallied 10 of the 25 recruits who either enrolled last month or signed last Wednesday. And they helped build a class that is rated #15 in the country by ESPN.com and #24 in the country by Scout.com.

Newsome led the way for the group, landing four signees according to Hokiesports.com. Along with Jim Cavanaugh, Newsome led the way for Tech’s top recruit, Hampton quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Heading into Virginia Tech, he had a reputation as an extremely enthusiastic recruiter and someone who can really relate to kids. He did not disappoint.

“Coach Newsome and I are real close. I’ve known Coach Newsome since back in the 8th grade. He offered me a scholarship then,” said Jaymes Brooks, speaking at his press conference last summer. “He’s a good person, he has good values, and he’s fun to be around.”

Added Kellam recruit Greg Nosal, “[Coach Newsome] was a great recruiter. I’ve known him for three years when he was at JMU. I always liked talking to him and everything.”

Newsome made significant impressions on other kids as well, not just those with which he was the primary.

“I liked [Coach Newsome] a whole lot,” said Blake DeChristopher, whose primary recruiter was Jim Cavanaugh. “He seems really nice and he is straightforward, too. He seems like he cares about you academically and football-wise. Coach Newsome came to my district meet for outdoor track. That meant a lot to me.”

A former high school head coach in the Tidewater area, Newsome’s addition to the staff has strengthened an already strong Virginia Tech influence in the area.

“If [Coach Newsome] had gone to UVa, it would have been a battle between [Virginia Tech] and Coach Newsome in this area. That would’ve been tough,” said a coach from the Tidewater area. “Since he went to Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech might be able to have their pick of who they want in this area now.”

Look for Newsome to continue to be a strong recruiter for the Hokies in years to come.

Finishing second to Tech’s offensive line coach in terms of signees was Kevin Sherman. Sherman quietly

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