Virginia Tech Recruiting Stories With Lew Johnston: Part 2

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Vince Hall
Better throw it away, Cam Sexton…Vince Hall is coming.

Vince Hall is one of the greatest football players in Virginia Tech history. In fact, you can make a strong argument that he was the best linebacker to ever play for Frank Beamer. That says quite a bit, because the Hokies have had a lot of good linebackers throughout the years.

For his career, Hall made 404 tackles, including 30 tackles for loss. He added 9.5 sacks, 19 passes defended and 34 quarterback hurries. In his four seasons from 2004 through 2007, he helped the Hokies win two ACC Championships and go 42-11.

Though there were plenty of other talented players on those defenses, it’s no coincidence that the Hokies ranked in the top five in total defense every year Hall was on the field. Tech finished #4 in total defense in 2004, moved up to #1 in 2005 and 2006, and finished #4 in 2007.

Hall played for Lew Johnston at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake. He was on Virginia Tech’s radar as an eighth grader.

“I took him up there as an 8th grader for the camp,” Johnston said. “That was Bud’s first look at him. At 14, he was a man. Bud just fell in love with him right then and there.”

Those of you who have followed recruiting for a long time know that the recruiting game began to change right around the time Vince Hall was coming out of high school. was in its infancy, Tom Lemming was a big name, and fan bases were starting to pay