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1) Conventional wisdom says UNC’S Butch Davis years hurt VT recruiting. Given VT’s recent recruiting success, esp. in NC, how much can VT take credit for UNC football’s current malaise? – 244oshag
Chris Coleman: Virginia Tech generally goes head-to-head with UNC for North Carolina recruits. Here are the current North Carolinians on Tech’s roster…
FS Divine Deablo: r-So.
TE Drake DeIuliis: r-Fr.
QB Hendon Hooker: r-Fr.
WR Tre Turner: Fr.
DB DJ Crossen: Fr.
LB Alan Tisdale: Fr.
CB Caleb Farley: r-Fr.
DT Jimmie Taylor: r-So.
DE Houshun Gaines: r-Jr.
CB Nadir Thompson: Fr.
DE Zion DeBose: r-Fr.
LB Dax Hollifield: Fr.
OL Joe Kane: Fr.
That’s 13 scholarship players from the state of North Carolina, most of which had UNC offers. So yes, Tech has certainly hurt the Tar Heels.
The vast majority of Tech’s North Carolinians are redshirt freshmen or true freshmen. The six true freshmen would have had no impact on UNC’s 3-9 season last year, and would have little impact on the Tar Heels’ terrible start this year. Dax Hollfield would probably be starting at linebacker, and Tre Turner would be in their rotation at receiver, but I don’t know that that would have been enough to overcome their 0-2 start.
Among the redshirt freshmen, guys like Caleb Farley and Zion DeBose could certainly be helping the Tar...
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