For another perspective on the state of Virginia’s 2011 football recruiting class, I caught up with VirginiaPreps.com Statewide Football Editor Rod Johnson to get his take on in-state topics such as the talent level of this year’s group, what kind of impact Virginia’s new coaches have had or may have, as well as which position is the strength of the class.
(Rod has covered the Tidewater area for VirginiaPreps.com since 2002 and over the past few years has covered the entire state.)
Q&A With Rod Johnson of Virginia Preps
TSL: Do you think Virginia’s scrimmage at Old Dominion was a success?
Rod Johnson: “I think some people are trying to place it and say if they don’t get a commitment in a few weeks, it isn’t a success. I look at the long term effect. Not all kids in the area are going to be able to make a trip to Charlottesville to see a practice. Virginia needs to get in front of some of these kids. To just get in front of people, I don’t think you can measure the potential impact in a two or 3-week period. It’s more long term. Maybe there is a 12-year old seeing Virginia for the first time. I don’t see how it’s a negative.”
TSL: Do you expect to see Virginia Tech do something similar as well next year?
Rod Johnson: “I believe the offer has been extended to them or will be extended to them. [ODU] Coach [Bobby] Wilder has been quoted as saying he envisions both schools coming out there. It is a long trip for Virginia Tech and I don’t know if they even need to create a buzz, but it can’t hurt to get in front of kids in the area. And honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if this happens in other parts of the state.”
TSL: What kind of impact has London and company had so far?
Rod Johnson: “I think there has been an instant impact and a definite buzz. I think you saw that with Clifton Richardson’s commitment, whether it’s soft or not. With the top guys in the state, at least Virginia is being included on the list. To be included on the list doesn’t help you get a commitment, but four or five years ago I don’t think many of the kids around here knew much about Virginia. There is an instant impact because they are in the door on some of these kids. The final measure is going to be of how they do in terms of getting commitments. I do think this year is kind of a...
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