Coaching changes always seem to shake up recruitments and for Virginia Tech, it may be providing a big boost in their pursuit of three-star DE Mason Robinson out of the McDonogh School in Maryland.
Robinson told us that while he has visits to West Virginia and UVA scheduled, he's looking to visit Virginia Tech soon in large part due to new head coach Brent Pry.
"I'm visiting WVU, this weekend followed by UVA. I am waiting to schedule another visit to Virginia Tech. I'm really liking the move with Coach Pry," Robinson said.
Robinson expanded on the respect he has for Brent Pry and how Pry being in Blacksburg now has boosted his interest in the Hokies.
"I met Coach when he was at Penn State. I have never seen a coach where his former players loved him so much. I think that says a lot about you when guys that no longer need anything from you still come to see you and literally embrace you like they truly miss you," Robinson said.
Tech is also among the schools currently recruiting Robinson the hardest along with Penn State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, and Pittsburgh. Defensive line coach J.C. Price is leading the charge for the Hokies with Robinson having this to say about his relationship with Price.
"I met him when I was down at the Pitt game as well as talked to him from time to time. He is from Maryland so It feels that there is that connection, but he is an old school ball coach to me. I'm looking for a place that will play the best player and I think that's what you get with Price and an opportunity to compete," Robinson said.
His 10 Power 5 offers that include the six schools mentioned above plus Georgia, Boston College, Virginia, and West Virginia shouldn't come as a surprise as Robinson was Second Team All-Metro and First Team All-Conference as a junior.
So with all that in mind, where do the Hokies stand for Mason Robinson? As Robinson told us, Tech is in a good spot with Brent Pry giving the Hokies a great opportunity to win his commitment.
"I have always considered Virginia tech but now that Pry is there, it might make its way to the top. His defensive philosophy is to let Dawgs do what Dawgs do best. I can get with that!"