Justin Fuente Off And Running On The Recruiting Front

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At Monday’s press conference introducing Justin Fuente as Virginia Tech’s new head football coach, Athletic Director Whit Babcock relayed Fuente’s first order of business once the media session was complete.

“He will immediately go into recruiting and meeting with our recruiting folks, getting summaries on all of our players,” Babcock said.

Fuente has been in this position before. When he was named Memphis head coach in December of 2011, he hit the ground running recruiting-wise. Less than two months remained until National Signing Day and, per Rivals, the Tigers had only four verbal commitments in the class. Twenty-five recruits – nine junior college prospects and 16 high school players, including current Tigers star quarterback Paxton Lynch, who committed to Fuente the weekend before National Signing Day — would enroll at Memphis by the time the 2012 season rolled around. Five enrolled in January of 2012, while the others arrived later that summer.

Following Monday’s press conference, Fuente and his Virginia Tech staff have taken to the phones. Kyle Mayberry, who hails from Fuente’s hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Monday night that he now has a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. The 5’11”, 170-pound senior cornerback is currently committed to Kansas and also boasts offers from Houston, Kansas State and Washington State, among others.

(Of note, Mayberry has pinned his Virginia Tech offer tweet to his Twitter page. I’d say that’s a sign of some level of interest in the Hokies.)

A second Tulsa native has since claimed an offer from Virginia Tech as well. Lon’Trelle Miller, a 6’1”, 205-pound senior linebacker out of Edison High School, revealed his news via Twitter.

Also, JUCO football scouting service JUCO Football Forer tweeted that Virginia Tech has offered 6’6”, 305-pound offensive tackle Demetri Moore, a sophomore out of Mississippi Delta Community College. Coach Fuente recruited the junior college ranks early and often while at Memphis, signing 27 junior