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1) Why do major programs swoop in the night before signing day and take most of our top recruits that we have been chasing for months and year? What will finally stop that, or at least lessen the pace? – AshburnFarmHokie
Chris Coleman: That has been happening for a long time, and it has never seemed to matter who the coach is for either team, which assistant is the lead recruiter, etc. The Hokies could close on guys like Xavier Adibi, Marcus Vick, Vince Hall and Chris Ellis around Signing Day back when they were ranked in the top 10 every year. But ever since they lost that “elite” status they haven’t been able to close against the big boys on a consistent basis.
To be sure, things have gotten better under Justin Fuente. Landing Devon Hunter after a drawn out recruitment was big last year. Dax Hollifield’s signing was even bigger, in my opinion. Both of those guys are signs that the Hokies are moving in the right direction.
But until the Hokies reach that “elite” status again, they need to focus on closing early rather than late. At the end of the process, teams like Florida State and Ohio State have only a few remaining targets. They can bring all their resources to bear. In that scenario, Virginia Tech is at a disadvantage. Closing early, as in summertime commitments, are Tech’s best bet.
Take Tre Turner for example. Turner had listed offers from Florida State, Georgia, Miami and many of the big boys in college football. The Hokies wrapped him up on May 31....
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