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How are people feeling about our position after the Michigan visit? This is clearly going to be a close one, but do people feel like he is as excited about us as he is Michigan? This has been a long recruitment so I know there is a lot in his head that he just isnt saying, but I havent seen him talk about us the way he did Michigan after his visit to AA.
Did you hear Hoo got arrested? Thomas Jefferson would be proud!
I`ve posted previously that Michigan offers many of the same things that VT offers. Once the "after glow" wears off,hopefully his familiarity with VT`s program,players,campus,coaches(Bud Foster) and the ability of his family and friends to easily travel to his games will ultimately steer him to VT.
Nine hours driving time vs. four hours driving time is a big deal, IMHO.
So is the fact that at VT, he will already know not only several players but several kids from his high school as well.
As physically talented as he is, he's still just a 17-18 year old kid getting ready to go out into the cruel world on his own for the first time. Obviously, I have no idea what the guy is thinking, but I think these two factors make VT the favorite in this race.
I'm not a glass half empty guy, but Michigan and VT are not similar programs. Yes, Michigan hasn't been the same the last 15 years, but we're still talking about one of THE blueblood programs in college football. A stadium that seats over 100K, 11 national championships, 23 undefeated seasons, three hesiman winners, over 75 consensus All Americans, and over 40 conference championships.
Michigan is a phenomenal academic university with one of the 2-3 best recruiting staffs in the Country and a hell of a product to sell. I'm not saying that I think Hand is going to Michigan, but Michigan offers a whole lot more than VT in terms of their respective spot on the college football totem pole. This is not UNC or UVa, this is Michigan.
This post was edited by Champ289 13 months ago
While Michigan has a storied program,that does not always mean much to a 17 yr old when those things did not happen in his memory period. VT has had more football successful during his "football memory" than Michigan. Regarding education,VT`s rank is not as high as UM. However,he will get a very good education at VT. Keep in mind that,as the #1 recruit in the nation,he will play in the NFL(barring a career ending injury) in 4-5 years. So,he should focus on going where he will develop as a football player,get a good education,and hopefully where his family and friends can easily come see him play in person. He can`t go wrong with either school. But,VT has the geography edge.
I think Hand will be a Hokie... I have thought that from the get go and I will stick to my guns on this one
Actually, I don't think VT's academics have to take a back seat to anyone. Out of The Princeton Review's list of the top 150 value colleges/universities, only 12 had entering freshamn classes last year with average high school GPAs of 4.0 or better. VT was one of those 12. Our average freshman GPA of 4.0 was tied with Harvard. Not too shabby.
I believe Hand will eventually be a HOKIE also. I've talked to him on a few occasions, and I know he's really in love with The Program at Va Tech, not to mention the familiarity there. Now of course Michigan is a huge brand that will draw the eye of Big Time Recruits, but don't sell TECH short on All the things it has to offer as a school overall! Va Tech is a very good school, with a storied and very strong Brand Name itself. It will be interesting to see how things play out with Hands decision.
Thats great news Mr. Smith! You got any other vibes about any other players you think will be Hokies?
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