Recruiting Q&A: May 19, 2011

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In today’s recruiting Q&A, Chris Horne and Chris Coleman tackle several
questions, including who would be the top playmaker of the 2012 class, and
whether or not the Hokies are getting more active in their pursuit of top
prospects outside their normal recruiting area.

1) Do you see our recruiting changing now that Cornell and Shane are on
board, or is it too early to tell? Are we after more big time recruits, and why
did we take a relative unknown lineman from Pennsylvania? Was this done because
of Drew Harris, or is this kid pretty good?

Chris Horne: For the first part, I wouldn’t say there is a big difference
from what Virginia Tech typically does, but perhaps there is a little bit of
energy infused with the new blood. As I mentioned in the last Q&A, I do
think Tech has been more active earlier in the process, extending offers
earlier, etc., but I wouldn’t say that’s a product of Shane and Cornell coming

For the second part, the simple answer is to trust the coaches. They
obviously saw enough to extend an offer at a position of need in this class. I
know the staff has recruited more athletic linemen in recent years. Willenbrock
fits that mold, without question. Playing with a broken fibula speaks for itself
with respect to toughness. Some good tools there.

Chris Coleman: Horne used a good word … active. The Hokies seem busier
these days. They have a commitment from the state of Texas. They have verbals
from Florida and Georgia. They are actively recruiting an offensive lineman from
Minnesota (Isaac Hayes). They are after a five-star defensive end from New
Jersey (Darius Hamilton), and a top 100 defensive tackle from New York (Jarron
Jones). Without a new focus and energy being applied to the recruiting trail,
I’m not sure any of that would be happening.

As far as Jack Willenbrock goes, I’m a fan. He’s got a good motor, he plays
very hard, and he’s got good footwork. He got an offer based on his own
abilities. He was discovered because the Hokies were recruiting Drew Harris, but
if Willenbrock wasn’t good enough to get a scholarship offer, then he wouldn’t
have received one.

He’s a good start to the offensive line recruiting class. I’d like to add
guard Issac Hayes, and tackles Win Homer and Will Smith (Smith doesn’t have