Virginia Tech managed to hold its 2013 class together despite a coaching staff shakeup only a few weeks before signing day, not losing a single recruit to a de-commitment through the process.
Now that the 2013 class is in the fold, the Hokies have assigned recruiting zones for their new coaches, giving some of the previous coaches new territories as well.
Recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring broke it down on National Signing Day for each coach. Here’s the new setup:
– Shane Beamer: He’ll remain in Richmond but he’ll also add Charlotte, N.C., to his duties.
– Cornell Brown: He takes over in the Peninsula side in the 757, replacing Curt Newsome. Brown will work up to the Williamsburg area, where he and Shane will divide schools. He’ll continue to recruit Lynchburg and do spot recruiting in New Jersey.
– Bud Foster: His area in Northern Virginia remains the same.
– Torrian Gray: He’ll work Northern Virginia, but will also continue to do work in Georgia and Florida.
– Stinespring: He has the biggest area in the state to cover, taking the Tidewater, which will include all of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Suffolk. He’ll work across 58 to Halifax County and into Martinsville and Roanoke.
– Charley Wiles: He’ll have Southwest Virginia and add the Greensboro/Raleigh areas to the places in North Carolina that he already recruited. He’ll also continue to do spot recruiting in Florida.
– Aaron Moorehead: He’ll start in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., area and work down the 66 corridor into Winchester. Since he’s from Chicago, he’ll work some of his Midwest ties as well.
– Jeff Grimes: His state area will be the 81 corridor, from Lexington up to Winchester, where he’ll meet up with Moorehead. He’ll also recruit Eastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, he’ll work prep school in and out of state. If there’s an offensive lineman, Grimes will be involved with his recruitment, regardless of where he’s from.
– Scot Loeffler: He’ll stay close to home in the New River Valley. “I think as a coordinator, as a guy who’s been in that spot, if you have that in-season recruiting area, it’s easy access to get back and forth on a Friday,” Stinespring said. Loeffler will also do work in Western Pennsylvania, close to where he’s from and a spot he’s recruited before. He’ll also spot recruit quarterbacks, something he’s already started doing, building relationships with a pair of 2014 pro-style prospects — Jacob Park of Goose Creek, S.C., (whom he recruited at Auburn) and David Cornwell of Norman, Okla.
Stinespring maintained that this isn’t much of a departure for the Hokies. Frank Beamer, in fact, reiterated during the press conference that Tech still will use the six-hour radius from Blacksburg as a guideline for its recruiting reach.
“We want to really centralize our efforts in the state of Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, North Carolina. But not just strictly,” Stinespring said. “That’s going to be our primary focus, then we need to have the means to still expand recruiting without just getting all over the place. Use the familiarity that we have within our own staff and then let it become advantageous, but stay on a point-specific design of what spot recruiting is.”
He defined spot recruiting as going out of that six-hour zone for players worth pursuing because they are just that good, at a position of need or have some sort of tie (perhaps a legacy or a connection to a coach) that would give the Hokies a good chance.
“I think it’s an adjustment,” Stinespring said about Tech’s approach. “I don’t know how much of a change.”