A recruiting hire

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After a couple of weeks of waiting, we finally know that Zohn Burden will be Tech’s new wide receivers coach. Today we’ll take a closer look at Burden as a coach and recruiter, as well as discuss a potential shift in recruiting territories.

Image courtesy of HokieSports.com
Image courtesy of HokieSports.com

Experience Level, and a different background

Zohn Burden doesn’t have a great deal of experience, and he has absolutely no experience at a Power 5 program. Even a couple of his seasons spent at the college level did not involve any actual coaching.

2006: WR and DB coach at Fork Union
2007-08: DB coach at ODU, though ODU did not actually play any games either year
2009-10: DB coach at ODU
2011: WR coach at Richmond
2012-14: WR coach at ODU

Burden didn’t actually coach in his first college game until the 2009 season, when the Monarchs finally played their first game. He never coached wide receivers at the college level until 2011, and he never coached at the FBS level until 2013.

From an experience standpoint, Zohn Burden is raw as a coach. He never played at a level higher than VMI, and at the college level he has really only been exposed to the ways of Bobby Wilder and Brian Scott out at ODU.

I’ve no doubt that he’s very capable of teaching technique, route running, etc., but outside of one year at Richmond, Burden hasn’t been anywhere else to learn passing game concepts. ODU’s passing offense, while very prolific, isn’t particularly complicated.

“Our system is simple, which makes us efficient,” ODU offensive coordinator Brian Scott said in this article