Offensive Line, Class of 2023
Alcoa High School, Alcoa, TN
Because it was a Friday game, there weren’t many recruiting visitors on hand for Virginia Tech’s season-opening win over North Carolina. One of those visitors there, however, was one returning from a previous trip and one who’s becoming more coveted.
Alcoa (Tenn.) 2023 offensive lineman Tyler Jeffries was at Lane Stadium Friday for the first game there since the Hokies’ game against Pittsburgh during the 2019 season. He also camped with Virginia Tech in June. Though it was only his first game visit this season, it was enough to give Jeffries quite a bit more perspective on the Hokies.
“It was pretty dang cool, honestly,” Jeffries said. “The atmosphere was amazing. It was a great game to go to. The O-line played good, the defense freaking stopped UNC a lot of times. It got loud in there on third downs and that’s when it’s fun, when you’re playing and you can’t hear anything. Coach (Vance) Vice, he’s a good coach and he’s a freaking dog. Their O-line is pretty stacked, pretty dang good. I don’t think they allowed one sack and UNC had six sacks allowed. The defense was tearing them up. The school was great, and the facilities are super nice.”
Jeffries, No. 234 in the 2023 Rivals250, said there are a few reasons for his return trips to Blacksburg. One of those has been his friendship with freshman offensive lineman Derrell Bailey, in addition to his relationship with Virginia Tech’s coaches.
“Mainly, it’s the atmosphere of the games and then the coaching staff there,” Jeffries said. “They’re good. The campus is super nice, and it’s only about four hours from the house. It’s close. I like it out there. Another reason is Derrell. He texts me all the time, shows me stuff about how the game goes. It would be cool for a lot of O-linemen. They’re kind of like how we play now.”
Though he’s communicated more with Vice, Jeffries said his primary recruiter has been assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg. Both coaches have communicated well.
“Coach Vice, I’ve only talked to him a few times, but he’s a really cool coach, super good with the O-line,” Jeffries said. “He’s straight-up with everything, not sugar-coating anything. He keeps it 100% what you need to do and work on. Coach Lecht is the running backs coach, but he’s...
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