James Johnson told me that signee Montrezl Harrell’s father asked for Harrell’s release today from his letter of intent. Harrell, a power forward from Hargrave Military Academy, signed with Tech last fall. He will not attend Tech as planned, said Johnson.
“The longer it took [for him to decide whether he'd stick with VT after the coaching change], you think maybe it was going to happen,” Johnson said. “He just wanted to look at some other schools.”
His decision will leave Tech with just eight scholarship players, although Johnson hopes to add a recruit this spring.
“He had a great year [at Hargrave], but you’ve got Barksdale, you’ve got Eddie. … He would’ve had to compete for some playing time.” Johnson said. “We’ve got good guys. We’ve got a good group of guys. I would’ve liked to have had him with us, but I still think this is a good group of guys.
“Not really worried [about having just 8]. We might try to bring a kid or two in. …. You’ve still got your second-team all-conference point guard back. You’ve still got Robert Brown, who scored 16 points and [had] six rebounds in his last game as a Hokie. You’ve still got Jarell Eddie. You’ve still got Cadarian Raines, who could be an all-conference player. You’ve still got C.J. Barksdale. You’ve still got Marquis Rankin and Marshall Wood and 6-10 Joey Van Zegeren. I’m not concerned. We’ve got a good group.
“You’ve got Eddie at the 3. You’ve got Barksdale and Wood at the 4. You’ve got Brown you can bump to the 3. You can play Rankin and Green together. Marshall Wood can play the 3. Eddie will probably play more 3, Wood can play 3 and 4.
“We’re losing six points a game in Dorian Finney-Smith. Montrezl Harrell never scored a basket, never got a rebound for Virginia Tech.”
More from Johnson dicussing his new staff coming to the blog later …