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It was a quiet Signing Day for Virginia Tech, but they did land a major in-state preferred walk-on commitment from three-star LB Kameron Olds.
Olds chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from several schools including Norfolk State, VMI, and Duquesne along with PWO offers from Virginia, Florida State, and Western Kentucky among others.
He had this to say about why he chose the Hokies.
"My parents have always told me to trust my instincts. I had real, in-depth conversations with these coaches over an extended period of time. They were transparent with communication, we talked about how I would fit into their program and defensive scheme as well. Honestly, they stayed in touch with me as often as they could to keep me interested as well. I want to play for coaches that want me and not the other way around! I have huge upside and this is because I know it and not because someone told me! Virginia Tech is giving me an opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it!" Olds said.
Olds received a PWO offer just recently after Jack Tyler was promoted into the LBs coach role with the long-term connection between Olds and Tyler paying off for the Hokies.
"Ultimately, you spend a lot of time with your position coach. Coach Tyler followed me on Twitter last spring and it wasn’t about football. He was one of the first birthday shout outs from any coach. He would pop up and ask how my family was doing, what my plans are for the weekend, am I any good at basketball! Those type of questions that!
"Although he was the asst. coach in the LB room at the time, he was actively getting to know who I was as a person! I think a lot of people don’t realize the time and energy that goes into recruiting but it is rigid on both sides. Recruits wait on phones to ring, DM alerts, etc. and when coaches are not interested anymore, you hear nothing! This leads recruits second guessing their ability to play the game! However, when you have coaches that show they are interested in you, then it goes both ways!" Olds said.
While walk-ons aren't flashy, Virginia Tech has done a very good job at supplementing their class this cycle with walk-ons including commitments from two three-star recruits in Olds and OT Will Jones plus two more top 80 recruits in Virginia in DB Jabari Parker and QB Ben Locklear.
We will have more as this story develops.