Virginia Tech Recruiting Discussion: Fuente’s Staff, And The Current Defensive Scheme

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James Shibest
James Shibest has arguably been Tech’s best recruiter thus far.

Way Too Early To Judge, But Here are Some Numbers To Chew On

During the coaching search, I wrote this about Justin Fuente…

“When Fuente was at TCU, the Horned Frogs hadn’t yet made the jump to a major conference. At Memphis, he competes against smaller schools for recruits. He’s never had to go head-to-head with Dabo Swinney, Larry Fedora or Jimbo Fisher. The jury is still out on Fuente as a recruiter.”

And also this…

“Recruiting makes Fuente somewhat of a risky hire, to me at least.”

I think he’s an excellent X’s and O’s coach, and he knows how to develop players. But what’s his ceiling as a recruiter? Especially when much of his staff has never recruited against Power 5 competition?

So far into the 2017 cycle, Memphis (17 commits) has a higher ranked class than Virginia Tech (11). Part of that is because the Tigers have more commits, but they also have a 4-star prospect and the Hokies do not (after the decommitment