The State of the Program, 2010: In-State Recruiting

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For as long as Frank Beamer has been at Virginia Tech, his primary recruiting
focus has been the state of Virginia. That’s never changed, and it never will
change. Today we’ll take a look at in-state recruiting and see what’s changed
since the Hokies joined the ACC. We’ll also talk about Tech’s summer football
camps, and how they’ve helped the coaching staff with their prospect
evaluations.

Virginia Tech has gone to 17 straight bowl games, and they have six
consecutive 10-win seasons. They have won six conference championships under
Frank Beamer, and they played for the National Championship following an
undefeated regular season in 1999.

As impressive as those feats are, perhaps an even more impressive one is the
relationships that Frank Beamer and his coaching staff have built with the high
school coaches around the state. Never was this more evident than in the Al Groh
era at the University of Virginia, where Groh successfully managed to rub many
of the coaches around the state the wrong way.

Many in-state high school football coaches are Virginia Tech grads. Some of
them were graduate assistants in the past, and some even played for Frank
Beamer. Whether they have a Tech connection or not, just about all of them
respect the job that Beamer has done in building the program, and they’ve got a
good working relationship with his assistants.

The Numbers

Joining the ACC in 2004 was expected to change Tech’s out of state
recruiting. It has. However, the in-state numbers haven’t changed much at all.
Here’s how the Hokies have done in-state since 2004.

Overall
VA Recruits
Yr. VA
Recruits
...