Virginia Recruits Don’t Thrive Out of State

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Every year Virginia Tech seems to go down to the wire with an out-of-state program for an in-state recruit or two.  Sometimes those guys head out-of-state and do very well for themselves.  Others take bad advice, or neglect to take good advice, and head to schools that don’t suit them.

Since 2007, Tech has been involved to the end with a number of in-state kids who selected an out-of-state school over the Hokies.  None of them have had much success.

Lafonte Thourogood

Lafonte Thourogood , 2011

To be honest, I wasn’t as high as some others on Thourogood as a quarterback.  When I saw him at the Tech camp along with David Watford and Marquise Williams, I thought he was the third best of that group.  That being said, he was athletic enough to play other positions in college if quarterback didn’t work out.  He committed to the Hokies, then changed his mind on Signing Day to sign with Vanderbilt.  Chris Beatty, a long-time coach in the 757 who doesn’t have the most positive reputation, recruited him to Vandy.

Promises were made to Thourogood that were broken quickly.  Instead of being the quarterback that the Commodores planned to build an offense around, they went ahead and signed a couple of other signal callers as well, and promptly moved Thourogood to tailback.  I know somebody who is fairly close to Thourogood, and I know that within a few weeks of his enrollment at Vanderbilt, his family wasn’t happy because so many promises that were made during his recruitment were broken basically as soon as he arrived on campus.  Not to mention that Beatty promptly bolted for Illinois.  As a result, Thourogood is seeking his transfer.

It’s a sad situation that we see all too often.  If I were a high school coach in Virginia, I would not allow Chris