Hokies Recruiting: Virginia Tech is the Leader for Four-Star WR Tino Ellis

After not bringing in a single true wide receiver in the Class of 2015, the Hokies are putting a large focus on bringing in multiple wide receivers from the Class of 2016. So far the Hokies have commitments from 10 players including wide receivers Samuel Denmark and Connor O’Donnell with O’Donnell being committed to a grayshirt offer.

However, the Hokies are in the lead for multiple other wide receivers with one from Maryland being the most notable.

Four-star wide receiver Tino Ellis of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland told Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports at the Washington D.C. Nike NFTC camp that the Hokies are the leaders in his recruitment over Maryland.

The Hokies have done a successful job of making the transition from Aaron Moorehead to Zohn Burden being in charge of the recruitment of Ellis. Burden has proven to be the quality replacement for Moorehead on the recruiting trail that he was expected to be.

Ellis is seen as one of the top 300 recruits in the nation with ESPN including him in their final ESPN Jr. 300, the 247 Composite ranking him as the 261st best junior, and Rivals ranking him as the 139th best junior. Ellis is also one of the best juniors in Maryland with 247 Sports ranking him eighth in his home state, and Rivals ranking him as Maryland’s fifth best Class of 2016 recruit.

Schools like Rutgers, West Virginia, and Wake Forest are still lurking in the pursuit of Ellis while some SEC schools may be able to have a chance at him if they extend an offer. However, it is starting to become clear that the recruitment of Tino Ellis is going to come down to the Hokies and Maryland.

The home-state advantage doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact for Maryland, while both programs have had some very good wide receivers with the Hokies having Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips currently, and Stefon Diggs previously playing for the Terrapins.

One thing that could really help the Hokies is the fact that Phillips is a DeMatha Catholic alum. The impact of having not only a wide receiver from DeMatha, but one that has had the early success that Phillips has had definitely helps recruiting another highly-rated wide receiver out of the same school.

Tino Ellis is currently slated to make his announcement at the end of July so there is a lot of time left in the recruitment of Ellis. However, the Hokies are definitely in a good position with less than 3.5 months till Ellis’s announcement.

Hokies Football: The Incredible Rise of Steven Peoples

In towns all across America, Friday nights are meant for local high school football. This is where local legends can be born and communities can rally around high school players that they may know depending on the size of the community. This fact is especially true in small towns all across the country.

In these small towns, star players can become legends that are talked about for a long time, but these small town stars have a hard time getting a chance at the highest levels of college football.

Steven Peoples was one of those small town kids that wanted that chance to become not only a high school star, but also make it at the collegiate at a major FBS program and not just a lower-level program.

Peoples is from Galax, Virginia, a town that has a population of about 7,000 people near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Southwest Virginia.  Galax High School has had plenty of success in athletics at the 1A level with multiple VHSL titles over the last few years.

Peoples is probably now known as the greatest player to ever play for Galax High School with an incredible senior season that is truly incredible at any level. Peoples had 3,078 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in his senior season in 2013. Peoples also had one game where he broke the VHSL single-game rushing record with 502 rushing yards.

Peoples had an incredible high school career, but that didn’t make much of a difference for him with recruiting with 247 Sports barely having him ranked as a two-star fullback. Peoples received an offer from North Carolina A&T, but the Galax star had his eyes set on playing not too far away from home for the program that is adored in Southwest Virginia, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

However, the road for him to get to Blacksburg didn’t go straight from Galax to the heart Hokie Nation. Instead, he made a one semester stop at Fork Union Military Academy this fall where multiple new Hokies were at in the fall including Tyrell Smith, Yosuah Nijman, and Jack Click.

Steven Peoples arrived this spring in Blacksburg as the third-string fullback though in reality, he was the fourth-string fullback with Sam Rogers out. To say the odds seemed against Peoples getting a lot of playing time at either running back or fullback were high, but he was ready to embrace the challenge.

Peoples has risen the challenge and is looking like he could end up being one of the greatest walk-ons that the Hokies have ever had. Peoples already is proving to be better than FBs Jerome Wright and Logan Adkins, and RB D.J. Reid to prove that he should be no worse than the backup fullback.

However, Peoples is also looking like he is ready to push the other running backs for some playing time. Right now, Peoples would still probably be the fifth running back behind J.C. Coleman, injured Marshawn Williams, Trey Edmunds, and Travon McMillian though Peoples and McMillian both seem to be pushing each other and the healthy guys ahead of him.

Peoples has not only shown a lot of strength, but also a lot of explosiveness, speed, and agility that make him an intriguing running back prospect. The Hokies have been showing some clips of practice through Snapchat and in that limited sample, Peoples has not only looked better than McMillian, but has also looked like a potential hidden gem.

Steven Peoples has also looked quite good in both scrimmages with a 60-yard touchdown run in the second scrimmage being the highlight of his spring. With the Hokies still having one more scrimmage and the Spring Game, Peoples has two more chances to continue to show how he is a hidden gem that could earn some playing time at running back this fall with the ceiling of being a really good starting running back.

Galax, Virginia is not where anyone will usually look for a contributor for a power-conference college football team, but Peoples is proving that you can never overlook the small town high school football star, and the Hokies are prepared to reap the benefits of giving him a shot as a walk-on.

Hokies Recruiting: Virginia Tech is in the Top 2 for 4-Star OG Richard Merritt

The Virginia Tech Hokies have gotten off to a solid start on the recruiting trail with ten commits so far headlined by 4-star athlete Reggie Floyd from Northern Virginia. The Hokies have done a good job recruiting offensive linemen in the last few cycles and so far, the Hokies have one offensive line commit in 3-star OT Thomas Jarrett Hopple.

The Hokies are known to be arguably leaders or right in the hunt for a couple other offensive linemen including Landon Dickerson. However, the Hokies are also in the top 2 for a player most people didn’t realize the Hokies had much of a chance of getting.

The Hokies and Florida State are the two teams in the top 2 for four-star offensive guard Richard Merritt of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C.. Merritt is one of the best guards in the country and will be a strong addition for either school he chooses or if another school like Alabama is able to find a way to get back in the hunt and earn his commitment.

Merritt is ranked as the 66th best player by the ESPN Jr. 300 while the 247 Sports Composite has him as the 141st best player. Rivals has Merritt as the 12th best guard in the nation while the 247 Sports Composite has him as the third best offensive guard and ESPN has him as the second best offensive guard.

To see the Hokies in Merritt’s top 2 is a big surprise, but it has to be a testament to the recruiting job that Stacy Searels has done. Searels helped put together a strong and deep offensive line class in the past cycle that was led by Austin Clark and now is building a strong class that could include not only Thomas Jarrett Hopple, but also Merritt and Landon Dickerson depending on what happens.

The other news that has come out of this is that the Seminoles are the leaders over the Hokies, but there is a lot of time left in the process. The Seminoles have done a good job of producing a lot of NFL offensive linemen over the last few years, but the presence of Stacy Searels should make that pitch somewhat less effective.

The Hokies have the home turf advantage with Washington D.C. being much closer to Blacksburg than Tallahassee, but that seems to not have as big of an impact as it traditionally has.

One of the biggest goals for the Hokies now will be to get Richard Merritt to campus for the Spring Game in less than two weeks. Getting Merritt to campus would be a great opportunity for him to have a conversation with Searels, Frank Beamer, and some of the current offensive linemen including Wyatt Teller which could be very valuable.

The Hokies have a great opportunity to get a very good offensive lineman in Richard Merritt, but have a lot of work ahead to close the deal.

Virginia Tech Basketball: Unofficially, Hokies Will Play in the 2016 Orlando Classic

Every year, the Virginia Tech Hokies’ men’s basketball program looks to play in at least one tournament to get some extra games on the schedule. This past year, that tournament was the Cancun Challenge and in 2015, that tournament will be the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida.

However, more news about a future tournament that the Hokies are very likely to play in was revealed this evening.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are unofficially a participant in the 2016 Orlando Classic, formerly known as the Old Spice Classic. This tournament is played at HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World. This tournament is shown on ESPN and usually happens either right before or after Thanksgiving.

The Hokies revealed this at an event for student basketball season ticket holders this evening. There has not been an official announcement yet about the Hokies playing in that preseason tournament in 2016 though it is no surprise that Virginia Tech has already reached an agreement given the need to do work on the 2016 non-conference schedule for other possible big games to avoid conflicts.

The only other team that is rumored to be known to be in the field is Quinnipiac which would be the MAAC’s representative as the host conference. However, the field traditionally has mostly power conference programs outside of the MAAC representative.

The Hokies should be a very interesting team to watch in the 2016 Orlando Classic, and would potentially be a contender for the final depending on who is in the field. Buzz Williams has done a tremendous job building the program, and this should be a great launching pad for a season in which the Hokies will likely have NCAA Tournament aspirations if not aspirations to finish in the top 25 in the polls depending on the 2015-2016 season.

If you ever wanted to go to Disney World for Thanksgiving, 2016 may be your chance to not only visit the Magic Kingdom and eat some turkey legs, but also watch some Hokie basketball all in the same trip.

Hokies Football: Offense Shines in Second Spring Scrimmage

Saturday was a beautiful day for some spring football as the Hokies held their second scrimmage, this one having 96 plays. The title says it all. Highlighted by quarterbacks and co-starters Michael Brewer and Brendan Motley, the offense was put to the test and certainly succeeded on Saturday.

On one of the first plays of the day, Brewer rolled out to his right on a pass play and threw a nice ball down the sideline to Isaiah Ford in traffic. On the very next play, Brewer tucked it on a veer play and took it in for the score. Brewer wasn’t the only QB gaining yards on the ground on Saturday. Brenden Motley, who is currently competing for the starting spot under center for the Hokies, broke for two big runs on the day, both of which were option reads in which he took the ball up the middle untouched for scores.

The battle for the starting spot is certainly not over yet but one thing is for sure, Beamer is not worried about quarterbacks Andrew Ford or Chris Durkin getting hurt before the season. Both of them sported maroon jerseys and took some type of beating in the backfield as the second team offense could not keep up with the defensive line. Durkin looked slightly better on the day solely for his ability to run the football but neither quarterback did anything special in their series with the second team offense. Fifth string QB Jack Click played one series and handed the ball off four times.

The skill players on offense collectively had a day as well. Cam Phillips has made tremendous strides to close the gap to virtually nothing on Isaiah Ford. The two are merely one in the same and both have great upside when it comes to play making. Both receivers made big plays with Brewer in the game with each of them catching and running for a 50+ yard touchdown on the day. The two weapons outside will contribute greatly this season and give the gun slinger two reliable targets. Bucky was Bucky and did Bucky things.

In the backfield, all healthy running backs saw action on Saturday with multiple series each. Starter J.C. Coleman showed why he is atop the depth chart going into spring as he continues to run with good vision and power with the speed necessary to start in the ACC. Travon McMillan has made good gains this spring to impress many of the coaches with his ability to run the football. McMillan has the speed to get to the outside and is not afraid to lower his shoulder when needed. The Hokies could find themselves using McMillan on third downs come fall.

Of course, none of the offensive production would’ve been possible without the big boys up front in the trenches. Wyatt Teller continues to serve up pancakes and is the surest thing on the o-line. Jonathan McLaughlin and Wade Hansen continuously took defenders out of the play on the outsides, and despite probable starter Eric Gallo’s few low snaps, he was consistent on the day and gives the coaches hope for offensive line unity.

Even though many of the defensive starters are banged up for the spring, there were some shining moments for the unit also. Seth Dooley has taken strides to push Ken Ekanem and should see the field this fall. Dooley made nice plays to go after the quarterback, which is encouraging for the lack of defensive end depth.

On the interior, Nigel Williams is starter material and certainly showed it on Saturday with his ability to not only stop the run but also get to the quarterback. He and Woody Baron combined on a sack on Andrew Ford early in the day.

At linebacker, Deon Clarke looks to be in midseason shape and form, and should be a key component to the Hokies success on defense this year. Andrew Motuapuaka continued where he left off in 2014 and will not be much of a drop-off if any from ex-MIKE linebacker Chase Williams. Jamieon Moss looked to be the better option to back up Clarke on Saturday though Raymon Minor did rush the quarterback well when called to do that.

Now comes the secondary carousel. I won’t say much about the secondary though I could go on and on. There is a lot of speculation now as to who will play what position, but we really just don’t know. Donovan Riley looked great at rover and can tackle in the open field well. Chuck Clark struggled a lot last year at corner so he could find his home at free safety this year if Brandon Facyson can stay healthy. C.J. Reavis is another option at free. There is only one thing for sure in the secondary as of now and that is, that come September and through the season, a lot of guys will be getting playing time.

Young guys Mook Reynolds and Adonis Alexander both showed some stuff in the scrimmage. On Cam’s big play with the ball thrown from Brewer, Alexander was back in good coverage but the ball was thrown on a dime and Cam made a good play on it. Reynolds did some good things in coverage and is learning quickly.

Ken Ekanem, Dadi Nicolas, Kendall Fuller, Brandon Facyson, Corey Marshall, Luther Maddy, Sam Rogers, and Marshawn Williams all sat out with injuries.

Hokies Football: The Incredible Athleticism and Upside of Adonis Alexander

The Hokies are preparing for their second of three spring scrimmages before the 2015 Spring Game and have started moving some players around. Meanwhile, the coaches have started to get an understanding of the skills of the Class of 2015 commits that enrolled early to join the Hokies for Spring Practice.

Entering the spring, most of the attention was on Mook Reynolds, Austin Clark, and Yosuah Nijman. However, another early enrollee has started to gain some more attention in recent weeks.

Adonis Alexander entered this spring as an under-the-radar player with tremendous size that had been compared to Kam Chancellor. However, Alexander has already shown this spring that he has tremendous athleticism that makes his potential even bigger.

Those athletic statistics are impressive and he also has the frame where he can some weight without losing that athleticism. Alexander is starting to show that he has one of the biggest ceilings of any player from the Class of 2015.

Alexander entered the spring as a rover, but Torrian Gray and the Hokies are actually giving him some time at cornerback. Alexander has tremendous size for the position while he has the speed to actually play the position.

It doesn’t seem likely right now that Adonis Alexander will stay at cornerback, but he is showing the skills that may make him the starting rover in 2016. Alexander does seem to play fairly aggressively and not timid, which is something that Bud Foster wants from every player on his defense.

Alexander also seems like a very good run-defending rover when the Hokies put him around the box and let him make some plays as he showed in the first scrimmage. In that scrimmage, Alexander put up some impressive numbers in the scrimmage as he had 6 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.

Alexander played safety in high school and his man coverage are not likely very good though Torrian Gray is definitely the guy to work with to improve those skills. Alexander also can afford to bulk up some from 193 pounds to around 210 pounds without giving up any athleticism.

However, the biggest thing with Alexander is the fact that he has the potential to be a special player. Alexander may have the best combination of athleticism and size that the Hokies have had on the roster in a while. On top of that, Alexander is showing that he has some solid skills to be a really good rover though he still has a long way to go.

However, Alexander could be one of those players that by the time 2018 comes around, we look back and see how the Hokies once again turned an under-the-radar 3-star safety into a great defensive back.

Adonis Alexander has huge potential, and it should be very exciting to see him develop over the next few seasons.

Hokies Football: Travon McMillian Could Push For A Starting Spot Next Fall

Last fall, Travon McMillian arrived as a quarterback, but the coaches quickly decided to move him from quarterback to running back with both Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin also arriving on campus. The coaches moved McMillian to running back knowing that he had the athletic skills to make that position change.

After redshirting last fall, McMillian is looking to prove that he should get some playing time next fall. So far, McMillian is showing that he might even have a chance to earn the starting running back job depending on what happens over the rest of the spring and in August.

In the first spring scrimmage, McMillian received first team reps though we later learned that Shane Beamer wanted to get McMillian more playing time and let J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds get some rest.

However, McMillian looked quite impressive with a 52-yard rushing touchdown in his 5 carries for 66 yards. Even if you take out the 52-yard touchdown, McMillian still averaged 4 yards per carry on the other four carries, which might not be great but is still fairly solid.

In his carries, Travon  McMillian showed that he has impressive acceleration that allows him to get into a hole before an opposing defensive lineman or linebacker can get into in some cases. McMillian also is a very dangerous player in space that can use his speed to break off a 10-15+ yard run.

McMillian is light on his feet and very agile, which makes him even more dangerous in space when he may be going against an opposing defensive back one-on-one. McMillian may not have many signature juke moves just yet, but he does have the agility to make a quick move that can make a defensive back look bad and turn a big run into a touchdown.

The one thing McMillian has a lot of room to grow in is his strength. McMillian is six feet tall but only weighs 194 pounds and is not a guy that you would expect to be able to run through an opposing defender. McMillian does not have the most experience but as he gets more playing time, his vision should continue to improve.

Travon McMillian has only been at running back for less than a year, and is showing that he has made a lot of strides since making the transition from quarterback to running back. McMillian has a lot of potential and is definitely ready to make a push to not only get some playing time, but also possibly earn the starting running back job.

Hokies Football: Joel Caleb and Yosuah Nijman Make Position Changes

The Virginia Tech Hokies had their first scrimmage of spring football this past week with the third week of practice kicking off today. Yesterday, some significant news broke regarding a couple of position changes for two players who were question marks to stay at their initial positions.

The first player to make a change was Joel Caleb who has made the move from running back to wide receiver. Caleb joins a wide open battle for playing time at wide receiver behind the dangerous starting duo of Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.

Part of the reason for the move for Caleb may be due to the emergence of Travon McMillian who played quite well in the first spring scrimmage. Caleb currently would project to be behind J.C. Coleman, Marshawn Williams, Trey Edmunds, and McMillian on the depth chart next fall. Caleb has a lot of potential still, and a move to wide receiver is a last ditch effort by the Hokies to see if they can take advantage of some of that potential.

The amount of playing time that is available for the third wide receiver may not be as much as expected given the fact that Scot Loeffler seems prepared to line Bucky Hodges on the outside a lot this season with Ryan Malleck being kept in a traditional tight end spot.

Caleb is definitely right in the mix to become the number 3 wide receiver, especially since Demitri Knowles, Kevin Asante, and Jaylen Bradshaw did not play in the opening scrimmage. Caleb may have some ground to make up, but the upside of Caleb makes this very intriguing.

The question that now remains is whether Zohn Burden can get some of that potential out of Joel Caleb and turn him into a dangerous wide receiver.

The other big move was that early-enrollee Yosuah Nijman has been moved from defensive end to offensive tackle. Nijman is a great athlete and has tremendous size, but never had the speed to be a defensive end. However, he definitely has enough speed to go with his tremendous size to be a very dangerous offensive tackle.

The position battle at offensive tackle is wide open with Jonathan McLaughlin being the only one that has a decent grasp on one of the two starting spots. Nijman will have a transition to make, but doing that now definitely helps his chances of starting against Ohio State on Labor Day night.

Nijman will likely join Austin Clark at the bottom of the group, but that duo could be the starting duo of offensive tackles for years to come whether that were to end up happening at some point this season or down the road in 2016 or 2017.

Yosuah Nijman may not have worked out at defensive end, but offensive tackle seems like a potentially great fit for the 6’7” freshman.

Hokies Football: Top 3 Spring Offensive Position Battles

Spring football has arrived for the Hokies and their first scrimmage is this Saturday at 10:45am in Lane Stadium. The Hokies haven’t had many practices just yet, but there are multiple position battles that may even be decided this spring depending on if certain players really impress this spring. However, there is no doubt that the spring can be a chance to gain the lead in the pursuit of playing time at a certain position.

Now, let’s take a look at the three biggest offensive position battles of the spring.

3. Slot Wide Receiver

Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips are definitely going to be the starting wide receivers if they stay healthy next fall. The Hokies also are loaded with talent at tight end with the impressive trio of Bucky Hodges, Ryan Malleck, and Kalvin Cline. However, the Hokies could use some depth at wide receiver and a really good slot wide receiver.

Coleman Fox is the only incoming recruit that may move to wide receiver, but this position battle shouldn’t see much of a change from the arrival of the Hokies’ newest commits in the summer.

The depth chart shows that the early leader may be Kevin Asante who is the backup wide receiver behind Isaiah Ford. Demitri Knowles is also right at the top of the hunt as he is currently the other backup wide receiver behind Cam Phillips.

Both Asante and Knowles are not big receivers, but fit the profile of a slot receiver that can be fairly productive and do some damage all over the field. Knowles and Asante are both redshirt seniors, and will definitely have a desire to earn a lot of playing time in their final season in Blacksburg.

Deon Newsome and Charley Meyer are two under-the-radar guys that should make this interesting, but Jaylen Bradshaw is the unknown that could surprise a lot of people this spring. Bradshaw was redshirted last season, but there have been some suggestions that Bradshaw could be a player that shines this spring.

Right now, Demitri Knowles seems like the safe pick to take the slot receiver role due to his impressive season and past success, but Asante and Bradshaw will be ready to make a strong challenges to get a lot of playing time this season.

2. Offensive Tackles

The interior offensive line seems fairly set with Wyatt Teller at left guard, Augie Conte at right guard, and Eric Gallo at center though Tyrell Smith could push Gallo some this spring. However, the offensive tackle position seems fairly wide open entering this spring.

Jonathan McLaughlin was injured for much of last season, and struggled because of his injuries. However, McLaughlin is now healthy and already the top offensive tackle on the depth chart for Stacy Searels as the starting left tackle. McLaughlin seems poise for a bounce-back junior season and is likely to start at one of the two tackle spots.

Wade Hansen is currently listed as the starting right tackle, and has made some improvements since making the transition from defensive tackle to offensive tackle. However, Hansen will definitely be challenged by two players in particular.

Darius Redman was unlikely to get any playing time at tight end in his final season so he made the transition to offensive tackle with the hope of earning a starting job. Redman has the size for the position at 6’4”, 285 pounds, but the question has to be where is he in terms of development at offensive tackle.

Austin Clark was one of the top players to commit to the Hokies from the Class of 2015 and being on campus now gives him a chance at being a starter in the fall. His bench press number was disappointing, but Clark is a player with great size and some solid technique already. Clark will have a lot of work to do this spring, but has the potential to end up starting at left tackle against Ohio State.

McLaughlin seems certain to have one of the two starting offensive tackle spots with Clark, Redman, Hansen, and Parker Osterloh battling for the other offensive tackle spot. However, this battle will not be settled before next fall and McLaughlin shouldn’t feel safe about having a starting offensive tackle spot to start the 2015 season.

1. Quarterback

There is no doubt that the biggest position battle for the Hokies this spring is at the quarterback position. However, no one should be expecting a resolution to who will be the Hokies’ starting quarterback for 2015 before fall practice, but the spring will definitely be a chance for guys to make some moves and put themselves in good position to get the job.

Chris Durkin and Andrew Ford both redshirted last season and now are the looking to get themselves into the hunt for the job. Ford is ahead of Durkin right now, but Ford is the number 3 QB currently and Dwayne Lawson has the talent to move ahead of Ford and Durkin very quickly to challenge for the starting job depending on how the spring goes.

Durkin and Ford may end up with the chance to be the starter for the Hokies at some point, but whoever ends up behind the other of these two may want to start considering a transfer if he is to get a chance to play.

The main battle for the starting quarterback job this spring will be between Michael Brewer and Brenden Motley. On the first depth chart, Motley and Brewer were listed as co-first string quarterbacks, which was the biggest indication that Brewer is entering this spring with a very small lead that can be easily be overcome.

Injuries cost Motley a chance to win the starting job last season, but Motley will be ready to lay the groundwork to win the job for the 2015 season. Motley has less experience, but his mobility is something that can’t be underestimated despite how Brewer had some impressive scrambles last season.

Motley has more upside than Brewer does, but Motley also is more of an uncertainty than Brewer. Brewer can be inconsistent, but the Hokies have a lot better feel for what Brewer can do. Brewer also has the experience that could be very important in some big games next season though his inconsistency is a major concern.

The battle for the starting quarterback job won’t be decided this spring, but Motley and Brewer both have chances to make strong statements for the job before the arrival of Dwayne Lawson this summer. Meanwhile, Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin will look to play their way into contention for the job.

Hokies Wrestling: Kevin Dresser is the ACC Coach of the Year

The Virginia Tech Hokies had another strong season in wrestling with Kevin Dresser leading the Virginia Tech wrestling program to some big wins and an ACC Regular Season title. The Hokies also finished 10th in the national championships while also beating eventual national champion Ohio State in a dual-meet in the fall.

Yesterday, Dresser received the news that he has been named the ACC Coach of the Year for the third straight year. Dresser has proven to be one of the top wrestling coaches in the country and is continuing to build Virginia Tech into a stronger program that will be considered one of the favorites to win a national title at the beginning of next season.

Dresser’s dominance of the regular season with an undefeated ACC record and some big wins against programs like Ohio State made him very worthy of being the ACC Coach of the Year. The Hokies also had a fairly young team with Devin Carter being the only significant contributor that will be leaving the program.

Kevin Dresser once again had a very strong team of wrestlers that produced four All-Americans in Devin Carter (3rd place at NCAAs), Nick Brascetta (4th place at NCAAs), Ty Walz (7th place at NCAAs), and Zach Epperly (7th place at NCAAs).

The Hokies also saw the emergence of multiple freshmen headlined by Epperly who definitely has the talent to be a national champion before he graduates. Kevin Norstrem and Jared Haught were two other redshirt freshmen who have already become solid team contributors for Virginia Tech.

Dresser has built Virginia Tech into a wrestling powerhouse that will bring a strong team back next season led by Brascetta, Epperly, and Joey Dance. Dresser has done a very good job of developing top-tier wrestlers while also doing a great job of recruiting, especially out of the powerhouse Christiansburg High School program that he built before taking over in Blacksburg.

Kevin Dresser has turned Virginia Tech into the kings of ACC wrestling, and built a program that has given Hokie fans tons of excitement about the potential for them to win a national title. Dresser is definitely deserving of being the ACC Wrestling Coach of the Year for the third season in a row.