Recruiting Thoughts

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This past weekend was a very important recruiting weekend for Virginia Tech,
with both committed and uncommitted prospects taking visits to Blacksburg. Chris
Horne will be bringing you updates about these prospects, but I have some
thoughts about the weekend and recruiting in general.

Taking Back Virginia Beach

DeAngelo Hall. Vince Hall. Cedric Humes. Carlton Powell. James Anderson.
Daryl Tapp. Aaron Rouse. Branden Ore. Purnell Sturdivant. Greg Boone. The Hokies
have had some good players from the Virginia Beach area in recent years, but
lately it seems that well is running dry.

Virginia Tech doesn’t have a good track record in Virginia Beach for the
classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011. By my count, the Hokies have offered 15 players
there over the last three years, and they’ve only landed five of them. Even
worse, nine of the 10 prospects who went elsewhere were four-star prospects.

VT in Virginia Beach Since 2009


Headed Elsewhere
Telvion Clark
Nick Dew
Dominique Patterson
Lafonte Thourogood
Dewayne Alford
Jerod Askew
Kevin Newsome
Logan Heastie
Phillip Sims
Justin Hunter
Evan Hailes
Travis Williams
Travis Hughes
Quinta Funderburk
Kameron Mack

Dewayne Alford chose Virginia Tech over James Madison and Old Dominion, while
Dominique Patterson also committed early before he had any other major offers.
The only three players Tech has signed (or will sign) out of Virginia Beach that
they competed against major programs for were Telvion Clark (2009), Nick Dew
(2010) and Lafonte Thourogood (2011).

In that same time period, they lost 4-star recruits Jerod Askew (Tennessee),
Kevin Newsome (Penn State), Logan Heastie (West Virginia), Phillip Sims
(Alabama), Justin Hunter (Tennessee), Evan Hailes (Penn State), Travis Williams
(Miami), Travis Hughes (UNC) and Quinta Funderburk (Arkansas), as well as 3-star