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Four-star DE Josh McCarron made some big news this past weekend as he released his top 6 with the talented recruit from the state of Washington including Virginia Tech.
I am honored and blessed to be in this position. Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me this far. My recruitment is still wide open, but these are the 6 schools I will be focusing on moving forward.— Josh McCarron (@josh_mccarron8) April 11, 2020
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The Hokies made the cut for Josh McCarron along with California, Washington State, Northwestern, Virginia, and Boise State. He had this to say about why Virginia Tech made the cut for his top 6.
"It was a school I’ve already visited and just loved the community. All the fans just totally embrace the football team and I want to be apart of that," McCarron said.
McCarron also had this to say about why each of the other schools made the cut in his recruitment.
"Cal is one of the best institutions in the world and I’d have the opportunity to move back to California and play great football," McCarron said. "Boise State has built a great relationship with me and I’m excited to see where their program is going. Washington State is the hometown school and I’ve been a Coug fan for a while. I’ve visited a ton.
"UVA has a great rep with linebackers and has shown me I’d be apart of a culture very different from all schools in the country. Northwestern is an amazing school and I’ve got family in that area so it would be fun to play Big 10 football," McCarron said.
One of the notable things about McCarron is his potential versatility at the collegiate level as the Hokies, Northwestern, and Washington State are recruiting him as a defensive end. Meanwhile, Virginia, Boise State, and California are recruiting McCarron as a linebacker though some of that may be schematic with at least UVA running a 3-4 defense and likely recruiting him as a pass-rushing OLB.
Given that the Hokies are recruiting McCarron as a DE, new DL coach Bill Teerlinck has taken on a large role in McCarron's recruitment with the two recently conversing this past weekend. Overall, McCarron told us that he has built a "pretty good" relationship with Teerlinck.
Looking ahead, McCarron told us that he is unsure about which schools he'll take official visits to with Virginia Tech under consideration for one. Fortunately for the Hokies, McCarron has previously visited Blacksburg when the Hokies defeated ranked Wake Forest this past fall.
Beyond that, McCarron told us that he's looking at July as his timeline for when he would like to make a decision by. However, that timeline could depending on if the current NCAA dead period has to be extended past the end of May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Virginia Tech is in the hunt as they look to bring Josh McCarron across the country from the Pacific Northwest to Southwest Virginia, but still have work ahead to try and make their cross-country hope a reality.