What's already been a busy week for the Hokies on the recruiting front gained even more steam Monday night. Defensive tackle Steve Sobczak, a two-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com, de-committed from James Madison and verballed to Virginia Tech.
Sobczak is from Fredericksburg (Va.), which is where he plays for Massaponax High. The 6-1, 305-pound DT is teammates at Massaponax with Vincent Mihota - a 2014 four-star DE who committed to Tech way back in April 2012.
After camping at Virginia Tech in June, JMU offered Sobczak. Shortly thereafter - in early July - he committed to the Dukes.
Earlier today, however, James Madison fired its coach of 15 years, Mickey Matthews. The move raised some eyebrows, because Matthews achieved a great deal of success in Harrisonburg: 109-71 record and a 2004 FCS national championship. The program was also cotemplating a move to the FBS, too.
This quick turn of events led some to think that this was why Sobczak changed his commitment. Sobczak, though, informed Nathan Warters, who covers VT for the Free Lance-Star, that he made his decision to change commitments prior to Matthews' firing.
Just got off the phone with Sobczak. Said he made up his mind to accept #Hokies offer before coaching shakeup at JMU.— Nathan Warters (@NathanWarters) November 26, 2013
This would seem to make some sense. The two-star tackle, who 247Sports.com rates as the No. 62 player in the state of Virginia, was in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit in late October. Nonetheless, the timing of the change of heart - only a few mere hours after a major coaching change - is peculiar, right?
Sobczak's conversation continued with Warters. He informed Warters that initially the Tech coaching staff wanted to grey shirt him, but that, apparently change recently:
Sobczak was originally offered a grey shirt by #Hokies in the summer, but that changed in recent weeks. He will enroll in fall.— Nathan Warters (@NathanWarters) November 26, 2013
Hokies veteran defensive coordinator Bud Foster led the recruitment of Sobczak. His commitment raises the size of VT's 2014 class to 21 now. He's the second defensive tackle in said group, too.
For highlights of Sobczak in action, check out his Hudl page.