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Hokies Hold In-State Recruiting Advantage Over UVA
by Chris Coleman,

TSL recruiting analyst Chris Horne recently released his Pre-Summer Top 30. After viewing the list of prospects, one thing is clear.  Virginia Tech is thoroughly dominating UVA in in-state recruiting these days.

Virginia Tech has commitments from three of Horne's top five recruits in the state of Virginia.  Defensive end Zack McCray, offensive tackle Mark Shuman and defensive tackle Nick Acree have all given their verbal pledges to the Hokies.  Tech has also locked up #16 Derrick Hopkins, #20 Caleb Farris and #22 Tahrick Peak.

Meanwhile, Virginia doesn't have a single commitment from any player in the Top 30.  They have five commitments overall.  Two are from North Carolina, two are from Maryland and one is from New Jersey.

Even amongst the uncommitted prospects in-state, Virginia doesn't stand a great chance with many of them.  Offensive lineman Conner Davis, the #15 recruit in the state, appears to be UVA's best chance at landing an in-state player at the moment. 

Virginia Tech is still firmly in the running for a number of uncommitted prospects from the state of Virginia.  Defensive tackle Evan Hailes (#6), linebacker/safety Travis Williams (#7), linebacker Brian Laiti (#9), linebacker/safety Nick Dew (#12) and linebacker Chase Williams (#13) are all still listing the Hokies. 

Considering recent results on the field, this shouldn't be unexpected. Virginia Tech has won 10 or more games in each of the last five seasons. They have won the ACC three times, and played for the ACC Championship another time.  They won the Orange Bowl just this past season.

In those same five seasons, Virginia has never won more than nine games in a season, they've had a losing record twice, and their best bowl appearance was the Gator Bowl in which they lost to Texas Tech.  They also lost to Virginia Tech in all five seasons, and four of those losses were by double digits.

Then there are the question marks surrounding Al Groh and his coaching staff.  There seems to be a lot of coaching staff turnover at UVA each year, and Groh seems to be sizzling on the hotseat right now.  There is a strong possibility that any recruit who signs with Groh right now will be playing for a different coach before his college career is over.

The coaching situation at Virginia Tech couldn't be any different.  Frank Beamer has been at Tech since 1987, and there have been no staff changes in Blacksburg since the end of the 2005 season.  The Hokies have a number of excellent in-state recruiters who have built relationships in high schools through hard work over a number of years.

Bryan Stinespring, Jim Cavanaugh and Curt Newsome do an excellent job in the state of Virginia, and Bud Foster's name and reputation will get Tech's foot in the door of just about any in-state defensive recruit.  Not to mention that more and more high schools are now running variations of Bud Foster's defense, so it just makes sense for many of these in-state players to sign with Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech's advantage in-state has gotten bigger in the last several years. From 2004 through 2006, both programs signed 26 players from the state of Virginia. However, from 2007 through 2009, Virginia Tech has signed 41 in-state players, while UVA has signed just 20.

The advantage for the Hokies was enormous in the 2008 class, when Tech signed 17 in-state players compared to UVA's one. Buddy Ruff was the only in-state player to sign with UVA in 2008. Meanwhile, the Hokies signed four of the top five prospects in the state.

Virginia Tech has a major advantage over UVA right now in recruiting, and until the Hoos start showing better results on the field, don't expect that to change. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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For more info on TechSideline Pass, and to subscribe, click here. Updates From the Past Week
Friday Q&A: June 19, 2009
June 19, 2009
In this week's Friday Q&A, we have the trifecta. Raleigh Hokie, Chris Horne and Chris Coleman all stop by to answer questions about Tech football. Opposing quarterbacks and Bryan Stinespring are both part of this week's conversation.

NBAPA Top 100 Update: G Jarell Eddie
June 19, 2009
Two-guard Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech's lone commit in the 2010 class, enjoyed a successful junior season, leading the Cannon School (Concord, N.C.) to a conference co-championship and a quarterfinal appearance in the state playoffs. The 6-7 rising senior enjoyed taking a leadership role on what was a senior-laden Cannon squad in 2008/2009.

State of the Program, Part Five: Tech vs. the ACC
June 18, 2009
This is our third and final part of recruiting coverage in the State of the Program series. Today we'll take a closer look at all of the ACC schools and see what they have to offer from a tradition and facilities standpoint.

LB/S Travis Williams Updates Recruitment
June 17, 2009
Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) linebacker/safety Travis Williams has totaled 17 scholarship offers so far, with Miami and Michigan being the most recent 1A programs to extend official offers. The offer from the Hurricanes appears significant, though the 6-2, 200-pound Williams is not in any hurry to commit.

Catching up With Justin Hamilton
June 17, 2009
Justin Hamilton is at that interesting stage of life most people go through at one point. Some may call it the transition stage. Actually, "in limbo" may be a better phrase.

TSL's Pre-Summer Top 30
June 16, 2009
A class I consider to be one of the best in the state of Virginia's history, the 2009 class featured outstanding depth. The 2010 class doesn't measure up to last year's group in terms of depth, but there are high quality talents in the Top 30, including an especially large group of talented linemen.

A Look Ahead to Alabama: The Front Seven
June 16, 2009
Virginia Tech will face a very big and very talented defensive front when they line up against Alabama on September 5. The Tide will be a tough team to block. Fortunately for the Hokies, they have experience playing against a defensive front seven that schemes in a similar way to Alabama.

Top In-State Linemen Update Recruiting
June 15, 2009
While most of the state's top 2010 class offensive line prospects have already committed, two notables - Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) offensive tackle Conner Davis and Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) offensive tackle Khamrone Kolb - have yet to commit. That could change by the end of summer, though, as each prospect is at least considering ending the recruiting process within the next couple of months.

Marcel Lomnicky Brings a National Title to Virginia Tech
June 15, 2009
21 year old Virginia Tech freshman Marcel Lomnicky won the National Championship in the hammer throw on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas. He is Tech's first National Champion since Spyridon Jullien won four national championships, taking both the weight throw and hammer throw in 2005 and 2006.
Also: Mike Brizendine hired as men's soccer coach, Bill Courtney hired as assistant men's basketball coach.

VT Solidifies Position with Dew
June 14, 2009
Virginia Tech scored a top commitment last weekend in defensive end Zack McCray and was hoping to score another top defender this weekend, when 6-2, 195-pound Nick Dew visited Blacksburg. The Hokies didn't get a commitment from the First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) star, but the weekend still proved to be a success.
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