Virginia Tech Quarterback Recruiting Takes a Leap Forward

Quincy Patterson
Patterson has all the tools you look for in a quarterback.

This afternoon, Virginia Tech picked up a verbal commitment from 2018 Chicago quarterback Quincy Patterson. Patterson is a big, talented prospect with multiple Power 5 offers, and he most notably picked the Hokies over UNC and Penn State. In case you hadn’t noticed, quarterback recruiting has been going quite well for the Hokies since Justin Fuente was hired.

In the past, Virginia Tech was able to land highly-touted quarterbacks such as Michael Vick, Bryan Randall, Sean Glennon Marcus Vick and Tyrod Taylor. All of those guys were 4-star or 5-star prospect with multiple offers. But somewhere along the line, that well ran dry. Tech did not intend for Logan Thomas to play quarterback, but it worked out that way. After Thomas left, there was nobody in the pipeline, so the Hokies had to go to Texas and get Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer.

In between, the Hokies had to recruit guys like Ju-Ju Clayton (0 Power offers) and Brenden Motley (two other Power 5 offers as an athlete) because they either had trouble recruiting quarterbacks at that point, or they weren’t evaluating out-of-state players as much as they are currently. Tech was able to survive that kind of recruiting (barely), and now with Justin Fuente at the helm they appear to be headed in the right direction.

We have to give Scot Loeffler credit for recruiting Josh Jackson. Loeffler had known Jackson since he was a kid, and he did a great job getting involved. Jackson had to sit out his sophomore year of high school, and many college programs took a pass as a result. Jackson then lit it up as a junior, but at that point other programs already were involved with other prospects, and Loeffler was able to get his man.