Christian Hackenberg’s father played quarterback at Virginia. One of his father’s college teammates, coaches Tennessee.
But although the Cavaliers and Volunteers have offered Hackenberg scholarships and Virginia Tech has not, the Hokies remain players in his recruitment.
This according to John Shuman, the post-graduate coach at Fork Union Military Academy, where Hackenberg plays quarterback for the prep team guided by Mickey Sullivan.
I spoke to Shuman on Monday for a print column on Virginia All-America guard Austin Pasztor, who played for Shuman in 2007. As an aside, I inquired about Hackenberg, a 6-foot-3 junior at Fork Union.
Shuman said Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, Rutgers and North Carolina State have offered Hackenberg. CavsCorner.com and 247sports.com report that Hackenberg attended games this season at the first five on that list.
“I think Tech’s eventually going to jump in there, and I think the kid likes Tech,” Shuman said. “I think it’s eventually going to happen.”
Shuman should be attuned to the Hokies’ recruiting priorities. His son Ryan played center at Tech from 2006-08, and his son Mark is a redshirt freshman offensive tackle there this season.
“I know that Tech’s on his radar, and he’s waiting patiently for (an offer),” Shuman said of Hackenberg.
Hackenberg’s father, Erick, was a walk-on quarterback at Virginia in the early 1990s. Among the Cavaliers’ receivers then was Derek Dooley, now Tennessee’s coach.
According to MaxPreps.com, Hackenberg this season threw for 2,164 yards in 10 games with 20 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. His best outing – five touchdown passes, no picks -- was against Powhatan.
Hackenberg is part of an acclaimed 2013 crop of in-state quarterbacks that also includes Salem's Bucky Hodges, Stone Bridge's Ryan Burns and Richmond Collegiate's Wilton Speight.
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