Alabama Gatorade POY Ty Pigrome Lands Virginia Tech Offer

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In two seasons as the starting quarterback on the Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, AL) varsity football squad, 5’11”, 190-pound Tyrrell Pigrome led the Cougars to 29 wins, a 6A state championship in 2014, and a 6A state runner-up finish in 2015. The 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama produced eye-popping numbers over the course of his 30 games, totaling 5,829 yards passing and 2,679 yards rushing. Pigrome threw 81 touchdowns to only 11 picks, and he scored 43 times on the ground the past two seasons.

Justin Fuente, who as Memphis football’s head coach signed six prospects from Alabama in the classes of 2014 and 2015 (including Clay-Chalkville defensive back Kam Prewitt in 2015), recruited Pigrome before accepting the job as Virginia Tech’s head football coach in late November. Fuente decided to offer the dynamic high school senior a scholarship earlier this week.

“It’s a great feeling that they pulled the trigger on me. They were talking to me when they were at Memphis. Coach (Holmon) Wiggins called me [on January 4] and said they were going to offer,” Pigrome said.

“What [Coach Fuente and Virginia Tech assistant Holmon Wiggins] see is a phenomenal athlete, a kid who has been very productive at the high school level,” Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood said. “He lost one game in his high school career. He has great leadership skills.”

Pigrome has seen his recruitment flourish in the past few months. Academic concerns may have been the driving factor behind more schools not offering, but a qualifying ACT score and quality classroom work has helped ease those concerns. Pigrome now has an offer from Virginia Tech, where he plans to make an official visit the weekend of January 22-24, as well as one from Tulane, where he plans to take an official visit the weekend of January 15-17. Maryland hasn’t offered but did request transcripts on Wednesday of this week. Central Florida, New Mexico and Purdue are among the other programs also in pursuit.

Virginia Tech likes Pigrome as an offensive athlete. Coach Hood believes, though, that his star senior could excel at quarterback on the FBS level if given the chance.

“Some schools think he could be a big-time