Justin Fuente and the Virginia Tech Hokies have been hot recently.
The recruiting trail has been quite the popular place for the fifth-year head coach and company. Last month, the Hokies picked up their then 21st overall and first tight end commitment for the class of 2021. That commitment came in the form of Winston Salem, NC native and three-star tight end Jared Gibble.
The Hokies’ class currently sits at 22 since the recent commitment of Shelby, NC native and fellow tight end, Jack Hollifield. Gibble, a 6-foot-4, 225 pounder, flipped his commitment from Charlotte to Virginia Tech in order to become the first Virginia Tech commit at his position for 2021.
At 22 commits for the class of 2021, Virginia Tech’s class continues to climb, and is ranked 35th nationally, while placing eighth in the ACC, according to 247Sports Composite. Continuing our commit Q&A Series, we recently caught up with Gibble to talk about flipping to Virginia Tech, the pressure of following Dalton Keene and James Mitchell, and more as Gibble prepares to join the Hokies in the fall of 2021.
Q: Why Virginia Tech? What stood out to you?
A: It’s an awesome opportunity to play football at the highest level at my dream school.
Q: What excites you most about becoming a Hokie and heading to Blacksburg?
A: I’m just stoked to be a Hokie and I’m ready to be a part of an elite university and an elite football program.
Shibest Stays Hot!
Q: Who made the biggest impact at Virginia Tech in your recruiting?
A: Coach [James] Shibest (special teams coordinator and tight ends coach).
Change of Heart
Q: You were committed to Charlotte for a while. When did Virginia Tech come into the picture?
A: Virginia Tech has been recruiting me since my sophomore year. Coach Shibest and I have always had a good relationship.
Tough Shoes to Fill
Q: You watched Dalton Keene at Virginia Tech. Right now, it’s James Mitchell. With that, do you feel any pressure following up on two potential NFL tight ends?
A: I don’t feel any pressure. I’m confident in my abilities and I’ll be surrounded by the best coaches and staff in the business. I have faith that they will give me every opportunity to be great.
“I Want To Just Succeed”
Q: What’re your future goals at Virginia Tech personally and as a team?
A: As far as goals, I want to bring Virginia Tech back to being one of the top programs in the country. Personally, I want to just succeed with my teammates.
Different Look/Latest Steal
Gibble is a tad small compared to recent tight ends at Virginia Tech. With both Keene and Mitchell hovering over 250 pounds, the Winston-Salem native will provide a little different look for the Hokies at 225 pounds. Needless to say, getting stronger could be a key to Gibble’s success in Blacksburg.
But with the way offensive coordinator Brad Cornelson could fit him into different schemes, the Hokie play-caller will have a lot of fun with Gibble in his lineup. There is a lot to like with Gibble, and Hokie fans all over the country should be very happy with what could be the most recent steal of the 2021 class.