Will Better Coaching Stability Lead to Better In-State Recruiting?

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Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente at the 2016 Virginia Tech Spring Game (photo by Ivan Morozov)

Last summer I wrote an article entitled “Virginia Tech Losing Momentum in Richmond.”  It covered Virginia Tech’s decline in recruiting the Richmond area over the last few years after Jim Cavanaugh’s days on the VT staff were completely over.

The Hokies signed some outstanding recruits from the Richmond area over the years.  From Duane Brown to the Lewis brothers, and from Bryan Still to Ken Oxendine, Virginia Tech was known for taking Richmond area recruits and turning them into stars.

Jim Cavanaugh, Tech’s long-time recruiter of the Richmond area, was reassigned to Director of Recruiting and High School Relations following the 2010 season.  Shane Beamer was hired as running backs coach and was assigned the Richmond area as one of his recruiting territories.  With Cavanaugh still on the staff, Beamer’s first few years of recruiting Richmond were very successful…

2012: Nigel Williams, Augie Conte, Joel Caleb, Jerome Wright, Deon Clarke, Desmond Frye
2013: Holland Fisher, DJ Reid
2014: Shawn Payne, Raymon Minor, Tabyus Taylor, CJ Reavis

That’s a good job of recruiting one area (despite the fact that