6’4″, 190-pound rising senior quarterback/athlete Brenden Motley ‘s decision to commit to the Hokies is “very exciting,” said Tim Cromer, who has been head football coach at Christiansburg High School (VA) since 2002. “We’ve had a couple of Christiansburg High School kids go over [to Virginia Tech] and walk on, but Brenden is the first scholarship offer. I went to school here, and one of the things I thought of when I came back as head coach was what it would mean to our community to have a scholarship player at Virginia Tech. I think it’s one of the things that ultimately made the decision for Brenden.”
Playing in front of friends and family wasn’t the only consideration for Motley, who wanted a chance to play quarterback on the college level.
“He’ll get a shot at quarterback. That’s appealing to him as well,” Cromer said. “[Virginia Tech’s coaches] assured him he is being recruited as a quarterback. That’s important to him. When it came down to it, he wanted to be a Hokie. Coach [Kevin] Sherman did a great job recruiting him, keeping in contact with him.”
Motley impressed the Blue Demons head coach as a freshman, when he guided the junior varsity squad to an undefeated season. Cromer continues to be sold, believing whole-heartedley in Motley’s ability to play quarterback on the major college level.
“Obviously, he has just those physical attributes,” Cromer said, describing Motley’s talents at quarterback. “He is already 6’4” going into his senior year. For us, we run a Wing T, and everything we do passing-wise is mostly play-action. There are a lot of designed runs for Brenden. As I’ve mentioned before, the fact that two schools with two completely different offensive philosophies (Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) wanted him as a quarterback says a lot. Brenden’s arm strength is getting better. We’re going to do more straight drop-back passes...
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