New Coaches Bring a History of Recruiting Success

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Today we’ll examine Virginia Tech’s new offensive coaches from a recruiting perspective.  Coaching is only part of the battle.  You can’t win without good players, so let’s take a look back at the recruiting history of Scot Loeffler and Jeff Grimes.

New VT hires, OL coach Jeff Grimes (r) and OC/QB Coach Scot Loeffler (l)

Note that Aaron Moorehead was in a non-recruiting position at Stanford, and has never been an off campus recruiter at this point in his career.  He’ll get his first opportunity at Virginia Tech.

Using the Rivals.com database, we’ll examine the recruits Scot Loeffler and Jeff Grimes have been able to sign in the past.  Note that we can’t guarantee the database is complete, but it’s all we have to go on right now.

Jeff Grimes

Recruiting history for Jeff Grimes goes back to 2008, when he was still offensive line coach for Colorado.

Bryce Givens, OL, 2008: This 4-star offensive lineman committed to Grimes over offers from Florida, Michigan, Texas, Stanford, and others.  He was an in-state recruit from Denver, and ranked as the #98 overall prospect in the nation.

Max Tuioti-Mariner, OL, 2008: This 4-star offensive lineman was from California, and he chose Grimes and Colorado over Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Tennessee.  He was the #155 overall prospect in the country.

Grimes moved on to Auburn in 2009, and the 2010 class represented his first full class as an Auburn recruiter.  He did very well that year, signing a total of seven players.

Shon Coleman, OL, 2010: This 5-star recruit was from Mississippi, and Rivals ranked him the #22 overall player in the nation.  He picked Auburn over Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Miami, etc.

Roszell Gayden, OL, 2010: Gayden was a 4-star JUCO recruit who played his JUCO ball in

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