Virginia Tech hosted a talented group of recruits for their game against Pittsburgh including three-star OT Jackson Stoefen, a former Kansas commit. Stoefen made the cross country trip from Iowa and enjoyed both his visit and the road trip with his father.
"It was one of the most amazing visits I have been on. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and pulling into town was breathtaking. It was also great to be able to talk to Coach [Vance] Vice, and Coach [Adam] Lechtenberg for a while during lunch. As an Iowa kid, it has been an amazing experience to drive through the mountains and get to see so much of the country with my dad," Stoefen said.
Stoefen added that his times spent with Vance Vice and Adam Lechteberg both went well with both being amazed by how far Stoefen and his father drove to take a visit to Blacksburg.
So what stood out to Jackson Stoefen from his visit?
"The thing that stood out to me the most was the fan base. They were there the whole game and cheering even when it was a downpour at 40 degrees. I would compare their fans to a Nebraska; it was crazy. Another big thing that stuck with me was the seriousness of both Coach Vice and Coach Lechtenberg. I felt as though both coaches have my true interest at heart. I also love the Virginia tech mentality that what you see is what you get, and how hard you work will lead you to success," Stoefen said.
Stoefen also added that his trip to and from Blacksburg was "a memory I definitely won't forget" and that he "really loved travelling through the mountains." Stoefen also had this to say on what it meant to get to make a cross country trip like this with his father.
"It was super awesome. Not everyone gets to travel the United States, and not very many people get to have the experiences I have had with my dad throughout this process. This trip was really special because my dad and I really like to travel, especially when we get to see and drive through the mountains. Driving this morning when the fog was lifting was a really special moment for the both of us; all in all, it was a super fun trip," Stoefen said.
So how did this visit as a whole impact his view of Virginia Tech?
"My view of VT has changed a lot. I really loved the coaching staff and Blacksburg as a whole; I really see it as a good potential fit for me," Stoefen said.
The big question that remains is how close are the Hokies to offering Stoefen? The three-star offensive lineman believes that an offer could be coming soon with assistant Adam Lechteberg planning to visit Stoefen soon.
"I think close; Coach Lechtenberg said he might have to come out in December and watch me move and bend (injury permitting). He said that if they feel as though they would like to pull the trigger before then they will," Stoefen said.
The Hokies will have some competition as both Toledo and Appalachian State have not only offered, but also have official visits set up with the talented Iowa offensive lineman.
What's clear is that Jackson Stoefen has lots of interest in the Hokies with Tech having a great chance at landing him should they choose to offer him.