Recruiting Q&A: June 16, 2011

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Chris Horne and Chris Coleman talk recruiting today, answering questions
regarding Tech’s fast start, who Tech’s next commitment could possibly be, and
how the Hokies are looking for the top 10 prospects in the state of Virginia.

1) What has been the biggest reason for our good start in recruiting this
year?

Chris Horne: A combination of things, but the thing that stands out to me
most is Virginia Tech being more active earlier in the process. For example,
Tech got the early jump on Desmond Frye and closed with him. Tech was also one
of the early offers for Davion Tookes, who quickly accepted. Davion has seen his
offer count climb since committing.

A side note is that Shane Beamer has been drawing rave reviews from the high
school coaches I’ve spoken with. I think he’ll be a big asset to Tech, and
he has already scored several commits in this class.

Chris Coleman: I believe there are several factors. First, I agree with
Horne that Virginia Tech was more active early in the process, casting a wider
net of scholarship offers. I think that helped, particularly with a guy like
Davion Tookes, who got his first offer from Tech. He has since added offers from
Nebraska, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, etc. Tech also extended an offer
to T.J. Millweard, a Texas quarterback, and I’m not sure they would have done
that in the past. Millweard committed shortly thereafter.

Also, I think there are several in-state guys who are just Tech guys. Some
guys are Tech guys, and some guys aren’t. Desmond Frye and Der’Woun Greene are
Tech guys. As far as J.C. Coleman goes, Bryan Stinespring (back in Tidewater!)
and Curt Newsome did an outstanding job in his recruitment.

Tech has seven commitments from out-of-state, prospects, including a couple
of guys (Jarontay Jones and Donaldven Manning) who have huge offer lists. I
think the further you get from the state of Virginia, the better Virginia Tech
looks. In-state guys, just like Virginia Tech fans, have the tendency to
overanalyze. They remember the beat down in the Orange Bowl, and

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