MATTHEWS, N.C. — Leading up to April Fool’s weekend, 3-star defensive tackle Joe Kane and his family were preparing to visit Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA. Syracuse was Kane’s only Power 5 offer to this point, so Old Dominion seemed like a realistic option.
Charley Wiles altered those plans just a bit.
“He hit me up on Twitter and said, ‘I need you down here immediately to come watch spring practice,’” Kane said. “I said alright, and that day they offered me. I guess it was meant to be.”
Kane’s visit to Virginia Tech was his first, and the school blew him away.
“The first time I ever went up there was kind of a blur,” Kane said. “I had never been there before. What really stuck out to me is the family aspect. Coach (Justin) Fuente really pushes that, he cares about his players and I just realized that if I want a coach like that, it’s like my dad basically. It’s awesome that they’ll push you to your best and be that fan that you want.”
Wiles, who has been the lead recruiter for Kane, built a strong relationship with him from the start.
“He just sticks on you,” Kane said. “It’s not really like he’s trying to push you to go, he’s just someone you can have [to rely on] when you’re playing for him. He’s always been talking to me, telling me what’s good about Virginia Tech,...
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