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1) How realistic is it to think there could be some JUCO DTs available to Justin Fuente and VT this year or next? – DW Hokie
Chris Coleman: I don’t think it’s all that realistic. Virginia Tech rarely goes the JUCO route, and only if it’s a special circumstance. Jerod Evans at quarterback, the most important position on the field, was a notable exception.
Tech has pretty tight standards when it comes to admissions these days. I don’t believe they will accept a JUCO player unless that player was a qualifier out of high school. That’s how it used to be, and I don’t believe that has changed. Obviously Jerod Evans was a qualifier out of high school, since he went to Air Force. Ty Outlaw, a basketball player who played JUCO, originally played at UNC Greensboro, so he was a qualifier out of high school.
It’s hard for me to say how many football players play JUCO ball because they couldn’t qualify, or how many are playing simply because they couldn’t find a landing spot at a four-year school. Still, the fact that Tech doesn’t take JUCOs unless they were qualifiers out of high school most definitely limits the possibilities.
After eliminating all JUCO defensive tackles who were not qualifiers out of high school, you must further throw out those who aren’t fits for Virginia Tech’s scheme. Quite frankly, most aren’t. Of the few guys who are fits for the scheme and who were qualifiers out of high school, how many of them are interested in Virginia...
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