After becoming the first Power 5 program to offer 2021 four-star RB Brandon Campbell last month, the talented Texan recruit made his first trip to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s first big recruiting event of the summer.
— Brandon (BC) Campbell 4🌟 RB (@2021BC) June 8, 2019
As his tweet suggested, Campbell’s first visit to Virginia Tech went quite well.
“It was great! I got to really sit down and get to know the coaching staff, Sat down a bit with QB Quincy Patterson, and incoming freshman Knox Kadum showed me around campus so I got to see everything I wanted and more!” Campbell said.
With Patterson, Campbell had the chance to break down some film with him while also noting the above-average size he brings to the table at QB.
“My first impression of him was ‘This is a Big QB lol.’ I’ve seen him on the Elite 11 TV Series so I knew he was pretty big but he is bigger in person! Him and I sat down and I got to watch film with him so it was pretty cool!” Campbell said.
Campbell also built a strong relationship with incoming QB Knox Kadum as soon as Campbell arrived on campus for his Hokies’ visit.
“Knox was the first guy to greet me at the door. Him and I will be in close contact and I will be back to watch them play during the season so we will link up then hopefully after a game,” Campbell said.
In addition to his time with Patterson and Kadum, Brandon Campbell also spent plenty of time with the coaching staff and got to see the vision for him as a Hokie.
“I learned about what Virginia Tech has to offer when it comes to the law enforcement program. Also, I talked to Coach Fuente and Coach Cornelsen about their style of play and not only how they use their running backs and but also how they would plan to use me,” Campbell said.
His time with Justin Fuente went quite well as he got to see how the Hokies’ head coach looks not only for football players who are great on the field but also those with high character on and off of it.
“My experience was pretty cool. He kept it real with me and he just told me that when he recruits guys, he looks for people who are just good people in general and not only just good at playing football. He just explained how they do things around here and really got to know me and my family!” Campbell said about his time with Justin Fuente.
Campbell also had a strong first impression of offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen from the time he got to spend with him.
“Coach Cornelsen is really cool and straight forward, and that’s what I like most about him. I got to hang out with him a lot and he just told me about himself and explained how it’s important for him and I to have trust in each other,” Campbell said.
Campbell’s time with the coaches also allowed them to give him a vision of how he could fit in well at Virginia Tech.
“Their plan really is just to use all my strengths: running, letting me catch out the backfield, and showing my ability to block,” Campbell said.
Campbell’s strong impressions of the coaching staff and players weren’t the only things that stood out as he told us.
“What stood out to me was when Coach Davidson and Knox Kadum walked me into the athletic facility, everyone knew my name. Also, I was surprised because I didn’t know their was such thing as Hokie Stone until I saw the campus today!” Campbell said.
Virginia Tech also had a clear message and vision for Campbell being a trailblazer among elite recruits from the state of Texas.
“It’s really just that I’m the guy in my class that can start the movement from Texas To Blacksburg!” Campbell said about the message from the coaching staff and players.
So how did this visit impact his recruitment and Virginia Tech’s standing in it?
“It definitely left a mark on my recruitment and gives me a lot to think about, but Virginia Tech is definitely standing out early in this process,” Campbell said.
While some may doubt Virginia Tech’s chances with a recruit from Texas, there’s no reason not to see Virginia Tech as the early frontrunner in Brandon Campbell’s recruitment from having family in the area to a great first visit with plans to make a return trip for a game this fall.
Brandon Campbell in the Recruiting Rankings
247 Sports ranks Campbell as the 216th best 2021 recruit, 14th best running back, and 33rd best recruit in the state of Texas.
Brandon Campbell’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse
- Pac-12: USC, Washington
- SEC: Arkansas
- AAC: Houston, Memphis, SMU
- Conference USA: UAB
- FCS: Houston Baptist, Illinois State, Texas Southern, William & Mary