Strategy Session: In-State Recruiting A Major Focus

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In addition to recapping Virginia Tech’s work in the class of 2016, head coach Justin Fuente addressed several other recruiting topics on National Signing Day, giving us a glimpse into what we can expect in future recruiting classes as the Hokies head man.


Two days after being named Virginia Tech’s new head coach, Justin Fuente tweeted, “Coming for you 757!”

Virginia Tech has since adopted the term “Statement” as a theme for the 2017 Class, which of course will be Fuente’s first full recruiting class as Hokies head coach. He’s off to a great start, scoring a commitment from 4-star Riverbend (Fredericksburg) defensive end TyJuan Garbutt.

“We still will have a high priority on the state of Virginia, you’ll continue to see that through my tenure here. I’m proud of the kids that decided to stay close to home and play for Virginia Tech,” Fuente said on February 3.

“I do think it’s important for everybody on the staff to have a piece of Virginia. We’re going to emphasize this state and I think everyone needs to have a hold or stake in it. I think all of our assistant coaches should have a piece of Virginia,” Fuente said, discussing his staff’s recruiting area responsibilities. “We’ll branch out, basically in general terms, down the east coast, but we’ll still organize it by areas and that will lead into position specific recruiting. I want those kids to develop a relationship with their recruiting coach, with coordinator on that side of the ball and ultimately their position coach.”

Having longtime Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster by his side has helped Fuente ingratiate himself with high school coaches and players in the Commonwealth.

“Obviously when you walk into a high school in the state of Virginia and Bud Foster is walking in with you, you have instant credibility,” Fuente