VT’s Recruits React To Johnson’s Dismissal

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James Johnson and his staff recruited and signed a solid 3-man recruiting class last November. Two of those players – Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson – have reached 4-star status by at least one of the four national recruiting outlets. But following a 9-21 season in 2013/2014, Johnson was let go as Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach, leaving the three recruits left to wait and see who new Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock will hire.

Bibbs, a product of Montverde Academy (FL), and McGill Toolen (Mobile, AL) senior TJ Lang took some time to discuss the situation. Bibbs answered questions via text while Lang took some time for a phone interview. Jerry Hudson, Jalen’s father, also discussed Johnson’s dismissal.

Lang is anxious to see who Tech brings in as its new head coach
Lang is anxious to see who Tech brings in as its new head coach

“I was surprised. I was in class when the news was released,” Lang said.

“I was disappointed mostly. I grew a great relationship with Coach JJ,” Bibbs wrote.

Jerry Hudson said his son was disappointed but added “that doesn’t mean he won’t be coming to Virginia Tech.”

“He is disappointed Coach Johnson is leaving. He doesn’t know who the incoming coach could be. Jalen is bright and he thinks things through. Right now, his focus is on the state playoffs,” said Hudson, who added that he and his son will discuss the Tech situation further in the coming days.

Bibbs, Hudson and Lang all