Justin Fuente is the new head coach of the Virginia Tech football program. As Chris Coleman notes, hiring a staff is the first task for the former Memphis Tigers head man. It’s also important for the new coach to hit the recruiting trail with the initial goals being to firm up the current commitments while also closing out the class strong in the final months before National Signing Day.
Coach Fuente closed Memphis’ class of 2012 in good fashion, gaining at least 20 commitments — including current star QB Paxton Lynch, who committed the weekend before National Signing Day for the 2012 Class — after being named Tigers’ head coach on December 8, 2011 (info per Rivals). In terms of Virginia Tech’s class of 2016, seven planned to enroll at Tech in January of 2016 prior to Frank Beamer announcing his retirement.
Prior to Coach Beamer’s announcement, four high school seniors including wide receiver Sam Denmark, quarterback Joshua Jackson, defensive end Jimmie Taylor IV and defensive back Myles Wolfolk had signed non-binding grant-in-aid paperwork with Virginia Tech with the intention of enrolling in Blacksburg in January of 2016. Three others — wide receivers Divine Deablo and Eric Kumah, and cornerback Khalil Ladler — planned to enroll at Tech in January of 2016 as well.
Denmark, a 6’0″, 180-pound prospect out of Hanahan (S.C.), has remained steadfast in his commitment throughout. He is all set to enroll in January and is excited about Fuente being his new head coach.
“I saw that he was impressive at Memphis. Can’t wait to meet him,” the 2015 NC/SC Shrine Bowl selection wrote in a response via Twitter direct message.
Since Fuente was officially announced as Tech’s head coach, I have also got in touch with Courtland (Spotsylvania, VA)...
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