On March 23, Muskegon (MI) junior Kalil Pimpleton was called out of class to take a very important phone call.
“I really wasn’t sure what it was,” Pimpleton recalled. “I hopped on the phone with [Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente]. He told me about past players he had coached. Shorter players who he moved around from slot receiver to running back to doing some special teams. He wanted me to be that guy.”
Coach Fuente offered the 5’7”, 155-pound junior a scholarship that day. This past Sunday, Pimpleton verbally committed to the Hokies, becoming the ninth pledge of Virginia Tech’s 2017 Class. Tech was the first FBS school to offer Pimpleton, and as of now it is the only school from a BCS conference to offer the dynamic athlete.
Fuente’s faith in the Muskegon athlete’s abilities and specific plans for him helped Tech gain the commitment.
“I had other colleges around here I spoke to that were much closer, but not as high prestige as the ACC and Virginia Tech itself,” Pimpleton said. “For them to be the first ones who [offered], it was big. My stepfather kept saying they really trust my ability.”
Coach Fuente “has an idea of what he wants to do with Kalil,” Muskegon head coach Shane Fairfield said. “It’s not one of those situations where they like his athleticism and they will find somewhere for him. They already have an idea. They know where he’ll fit in. I haven’t watched a whole lot of Memphis football, but I have watched TCU. The biggest thing that drew [Fuente] to Kalil besides the freakish athleticism is the fact that he played quarterback in a no-huddle offense. Kalil had to make quick decisions and reads. Moving from quarterback to slot, he’ll understand reading defenses. That’s what gives Kalil such an advantage. In talking with coach Fuente, he said he has had those kinds of guys with electrifying athleticism. A guy I think of in that mold is (former Texas Tech star and now Miami Dolphin draftee) Jakeem Grant. He had three touchdowns against LSU. LSU has some really good defensive backs and they couldn’t catch him in space.”
Accompanied by his coach and several teammates including junior linebacker Andrew Ward, who also has an offer from the Hokies, and wide receiver Jacory...
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