The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Quarterbacks, Camp Strategy, And More

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As of now, Virginia Tech head coach Brent Pry is not planning on any satellite camps this summer. (Jon Fleming)

1) “Pry said he will reevaluate Tech’s overall camp strategy for next year.” First of all, what’s a satellite camp? There may be two of these for VT this year in June and July. Where best to attend? Have these remote camps been beneficial for VT as opposed to those hosted on campus? – VTVOICE

Chris Coleman: Brent Pry said he isn’t planning on Virginia Tech attending or holding any satellite camps this summer, but he also acknowledged that he could end up changing his mind for both this year and in future years. As you noted, he said he would reevaluate Tech’s camp strategy for the future as he sees how this summer goes.

A satellite camp is an off-campus camp that programs can do. It could be a large number of schools there, or they could partner with a smaller school. Virginia Tech under Justin Fuente always seemed to do the latter, which was beneficial to both parties. The smaller school would get players on their campus who might otherwise not visit, which could open the door for them, and the Hokies would get eyes on prospects who they may otherwise not have been able to see.

For example, in the summer of 2017, Virginia Tech held six satellite camps where they partnered with smaller schools…

New Jersey: Monmouth University
Washington, DC: Howard University
Richmond: Randolf-Macon College
Tidewater: Hampton University
Atlanta: Atlanta-Clark University
Florida: Jacksonville University

Off the top of my head, I can think of two guys who Virginia Tech found at satellite camps: Malik Willis and Dorian Strong.

Click here for an article on Willis, and also a good rant from me on strength and conditioning that goes all the way back to 2016. Obviously, Tech didn’t end up with Willis, but the point is that VT was the first school to find him, and they did so at a satellite camp.

Meanwhile, current Virginia Tech starting cornerback Dorian Strong was first discovered by Justin Fuente’s staff at a satellite camp at Bowie State. Click here for an article from Jason Stamm.

I think there are another couple of guys who Virginia Tech discovered at satellite camps, but I can’t remember off the top of my head, and a search on “satellite camps” in our database on TSL didn’t turn up anything.

Right now, Pry is focusing on trying to get players he already likes to campus, rather than holding satellite camps to try and find new players that he likes and then trying to get them to campus. Dorian Strong is a good player, and he’ll be a four-year starter for the Hokies, but he’s just one guy. Even if there were a couple of other guys who have been good players who I don’t remember, you could argue that three guys don’t represent a very good return on investment when it comes to satellite camps. If Pry doesn’t want to do them, I don’t blame him. Likewise, I wouldn’t mind if he did decide to start doing them. I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference either way, though.