Fletcher Westphal has already emerged as one of the top 2024 recruits in Virginia and one of the top offensive tackles in the country in his class with Westphal visiting Virginia Tech over the weekend. His Hokies' visit went quite well as Westphal shared with us.
"I had a great day meeting the new coaching staff and touring the facilities," Westphal said.
Westphal also expanded on why he felt it was a "great day" for him in Blacksburg.
"They told us at the end of visit that there were more recruits than originally expected. I would’ve never known based on the interaction level of the coaches. It was awesome. It felt great getting the one-on-one attention," Westphal said.
So what did Westphal do while on his visit to Virginia Tech?
"We started with a good meal then we met each of the position coaches. They shared their backgrounds and their ties and respect for Coach (Brent) Pry. It was impressive. I got to suit up in a Hokie uniform, learn more about what it’s like to be a student-athlete, and tour the facilities. Then we got to spend time with position coaches," Westphal said.
This also included spending some time with head coach Brent Pry which went well and included talking some about his now former teammate and current Hokie Bryce Duke.
"We mostly talked about Bryce Duke and how happy he was at VT. Coach Pry was also happy that I was down at VT. He is a funny guy," Westphal said.
Fletcher Westphal also got to spend lots of time with OL coach Joe Rudolph who made a strong impression on the talented offensive tackle.
"Coach Rudolph is a great guy. He shared a lot of information about his family and how the move to VA allows his children to spend more time with his extended family. He talked about the finer details of training not just the obvious stuff, but training with intent on becoming the best player by focusing on the details," Westphal said.
Westphal also spent time with defensive assistant Shawn Quinn who is set to be one of the primary recruits in his area of Northern Virginia with Westphal having high praise for his time with Quinn.
"I’ve talked to Coach Quinn a few times before. He’s such a nice guy who is like the spokesperson for the team. He is always welcoming, super nice, and willing to answer any questions," Westphal said.
While all those conversations went well, what stood out most to Westphal was the fact that the Hokies were already building a family culture with their new staff.
"All the coaches focused on family. During their introductions, they even had pictures of their whole family. It really showed what VT was about and I loved to see it," Westphal said.
Fletcher Westphal is poised to be one of Virginia Tech's top overall targets in the 2024 class with the Hokies' new staff making a strong first impression in Blacksburg as they hope he'll follow his for now former teammate Bryce Duke to VT.