The current recruiting dead period hasn't prevented Virginia Tech's coaches from evaluating recruits' tapes and extending offers to new targets that the staff deems worthy of an offer. That continued today as the Hokies extended an offer to four-star DE Josh McCarron out of Everett, Washington.
After a great call with @BillTeerlinck, I’m very excited to announce I have received an offer from Virginia Tech!
Virginia Tech became the 14th of 15 schools to offer McCarron including his fifth Power 5 offer joining in-state Washington State, Utah, California, and Virginia. He had this to say about receiving an offer from the Hokies after a conversation with defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck.
"It was pretty incredible. My dad and I visited last year and it was just amazing so to get an offer from a school like that is just awesome," McCarron said.
His conversation as a whole went quite well with McCarron enjoying Teerlinck's different perspective on football.
"It was great. He’s an interesting and fun guy. I like him. He brings a new view to football," McCarron said.
Overall, McCarron told us that he's building a good relationship with Teerlinck.
"We have a very focused relationship, he understands the game a different way and parlays that info onto me which is new and exciting," McCarron said.
The Hokies offering him now does have an impact on Josh McCarron's recruitment with Virginia Tech squarely in the picture to receive a visit when the current dead period is over, whenever that ends up being.
"It does a lot as it is a school I’m interested in and helps me with deciding visits coming up soon," McCarron said on the impact of a VT offer on his recruitment.
McCarron added that he is looking to take a trip out east to visit Virginia Tech and Virginia while also looking at potential visits to Washington State, UCLA, Colorado, Michigan, and Northwestern. Colorado and UCLA are a couple teams to keep an eye on as McCarron has mentioned those two as schools who could be close to offering him.
Josh McCarron is unsure of his official visit plans though with the coronavirus putting things in flux for him.
Even with some of the uncertainty, McCarron does have an idea on when he plans to trim down his recruitment and eventually, make a decision prior to the early signing period.
"I plan to release a top five maybe sometime in the summer, commit during football season, and probably sign during the early signing period," McCarron said.
The good news for Virginia Tech is the fact that the Hokies, even though they weren't his first offer, were among the first to be interested in him prior to his recruitment taking off. That also led to McCarron taking a visit last fall for Virginia Tech's game against Wake Forest, something that could prove valuable with their chances given how many other schools may not have had him on campus yet, and won't be able to this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, while proximity to home in Washington may be a factor, McCarron told us that there are other factors that take precendence over that, giving the Hokies reason to believe that they could have a realistic chance to convince him to cross the country.
"It definitely plays a factor but I ultimately just want to go where I’m most comfortable with the best football and academic opportunities," McCarron said.
Overall, Virginia Tech is poised to be a contender for Josh McCarron with a realistic opportunity to convince McCarron to go from the West Coast to the Appalachian Mountains.