The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Recruiting, Buzz Williams and Josh Jackson

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1) If we could only recruit five guys this year, which would you want and why? – pienkows

Chris Coleman: Great question.  I’m not going to consider which positions are a greater need than others.  I’m just going to list my five favorite players, at this point in time.  Keep in mind that I haven’t evaluated all of Tech’s targets for 2019 as of yet.  In fact, I haven’t even evaluated most of them.  This list is subject to change over the coming months.

1) Devyn Ford.  Ford is Virginia Tech’s top overall target, from what we’ve heard.  The Hokies have been recruiting the running back heavily for a long time.  Their top competition will be Ohio State and Penn State.  Ford is going to take his official visit to Blacksburg for the Spring Game weekend.  Remember, the new recruiting rules have pushed forward the official visit calendar.  Ford’s official visits will likely be done by the end of April, and I think he’ll commit before the end of his junior year of high school.  The Hokies lead right now.

2) Brandon Smith: The LB/DE prospect visited Blacksburg this past weekend.  Most analysts rank him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Virginia.  He plays for Louisa County outside of Richmond.  I didn’t think the Hokies stood a great chance with him, but they seem to have moved up his list after his most recent visit.  I still believe he is likely to head out of state, however.

3) Jacoby Pinckney. The South Carolina wideout is only a three-star player by 247Sports and Rivals, but he is a four-star guy and the No. 166 overall recruit in the country by ESPN. Pinckney is 6-foot-3, and would be an outside receiver for the Hokies.  I think he’s a big time player, and I would rank him ahead of both outside receivers the Hokies signed in 2018.  The Hokies are among his leaders, along with NC State and South Carolina.

Here’s Pinckney’s video.

4) Jordan Houston.  Houston is a running back at The Flint School in Oakton, Va.  Penn State, Michigan State, Maryland and a few others are perhaps Tech’s main competition, but I feel as if the Hokies have a slight lead right now.  Justin Fuente noted recently that he wanted a player who could split out wide as a wideout and also take handoffs as a running back.  Houston would be a very good fit in such a role.  He had over 1,900 rushing yards and averaged over 11 yards per carry last season, and also played a major role in the passing game.  One potential issue is that Houston is a Maryland native, and the Maryland staff is doing a good job of keeping kids in-state.

Here’s Houston’s film.

5) Bryan Hudson.  I don’t know that the offensive lineman from Kentucky is one of Tech’s top five targets, but I do know that he’s a four-star recruit with listed offers from Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame.  Virginia Tech is arguably his leader right now and if the Hokies can reel him in, that would continue to change the perception of Tech’s offensive line recruiting.

Virginia Tech won’t sign as big a class in 2019 as they did in 2018, but I’m convinced that it’s going to be a very good class.