That didn't take very long.
Just a few weeks after accepting a position at his alma mater, J.C. Price is already impacting Virginia Tech's roster decisions.
C.J .McCray is an intriguing addition. The 6-foot-4 linebacker enrolled at Marshall as a 2020 recruit with academic issues that kept him ineligible last season. McCray took care of those issues, and now is following Price to Blacksburg.
Time will tell if McCray impacts Virginia Tech's program. Any time you can add a linebacker at that height, you're adding someone who could realistically grow into a solid outside backer. He wasn't a highly sought after prospect, but his eligibility issues could have affected that.
More importantly, McCray's decision to transfer shows that Price is being taken seriously inside those coaches' meetings. And that's encouraging.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they take over a management role is hiring only people that they're familiar with and people that think like them. It creates an echo chamber of thinking with almost no dissent or creativity to be found.
Justin Fuente has done this throughout his tenure. His offensive coordinator has followed him around for years. His defensive coordinator coached under him for two seasons. Most, if not all, of his assistants have some prior connection to Fuente's past stops.
Familiarity is helpful, but so is a diversity of thought. That's what Price offers.
He's an outsider in this program, despite being one of the best Hokies to ever dress in maroon and orange. Price comes from mid-major Marshall, and not taking the Thundering Herd seriously can become an unfortunate afterthought that sometimes rises to kick the rear of better programs. His other coaching experience comes from James Madison, another mid-major that as Virginia Tech well knows, can surprise anyone if you don't properly respect them.
There's no questioning that Fuente's at an interesting stage of his coaching career. He needs people he can count on, but he also needs people who will challenge him and those around him to think outside the box they've lived in for their coaching careers. Jon Tenuta is a part of that, and now Price is already impacting personnel decisions.
Yes, Kirk Cousins, I like that.
Listen, Fuente may not know Price like his right hand, but Blacksburg knows Price! Several members of the coaching staff know Price! If you ever had a chance to listen to Coach Price, you will know he means what he says. He's not out recruiting selling snake oil to possible recruits. He is selling why he knows first hand that Blacksburg is the best place to come play. Cut his skin, orange and maroon is what he bleeds. Let's also not forget how great of a coach he is. At JMU he went to the national championship, helped guys goto the NFL by way of JMU (Arthur Moats and others). Co Defensive Coordinator at Marshall( helped more guys reach the NFL) and last season had a highly ranked defense while at a mid major. For VT, more importantly he is well known by High School coaches across Virginia. This coach loves Blacksburg! His wife also loves Blacksburg ( VT Hall Of Fame Basketball).