This weekend was the first time Dr. Phillips (Fla.) three-star defensive tackle Robert Porcher IV had been to Virginia Tech. He made the trip with his mom and sister for an official visit.
Even before the trip, however, Porcher knew a bit about the Hokies. His father, Robert Porcher III, was a three-time pro-bowler and all-pro over a 12-year career with the Detroit Lions. And at least for a few of those years, the elder Porcher played with former Virginia Tech standout Victor Jones. The families have been close ever since.
That knowledge might have prepared Porcher IV somewhat, but his visit made the biggest impression. He gave his commitment yesterday just before he left campus and announced it publicly on Monday.
“I just liked the coaches,” Porcher IV said. “I just liked the campus. Everything is so near. It’s not far from anything. The players are cool. My family liked it, it’s closer to home and I like how I fit in with the defense.”
Porcher IV chose the Hokies out of a top three that also consisted of Georgia Tech and Michigan State. He visited the latter last weekend. Porcher IV was also a one-time Nebraska commitment, but opened up his recruitment last month.
Initially, he planned to officially visit the Yellow Jackets next weekend, but said he’s now done with any visits. Porcher IV apparently saw what he needed to at Virginia Tech.
“I saw everything, toured the campus, football facilities, indoor, game room, weight room, cafeteria and the dorms,” he said. “That’s everything. I liked the indoor. It was really big, I liked the locker room. Everything was cool. I liked everything.”
Porcher IV was hosted on his official visit by sophomore linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. The two hung out and talked about how Porcher IV could fit in.
“He told me they were real thin at D-line,” Porcher IV said. “And if I wanted to come in and play, I could compete. This would be the spot for me. He kept it real with me. He was cool. I enjoyed being with him.”
Assistant coach Galen Scott was the Hokies’ primary recruiter. But on his visit, Porcher IV said he got a chance to catch up with Scott and other coaches and go more in-depth about the situation on the defensive line.
“I talked to Coach Wiles, Coach Scott, Coach Fuente,” he said. “They were just telling me they want me and they want me to come there, work hard. They’ll be on me and they think I can do a lot for the program. I think they’re good coaches. I like all of them. They seem like cool dudes. They just kept it real with me.”
With just over a week before national signing day, Porcher IV said he’s done with his recruitment. Now, the focus is on getting himself ready for Blacksburg.
“I just need to continue to lift, train, stay on a good diet and just finish out the school year,” he said. “Just lift, train, DL work and stuff like that, footwork. I like it a lot. I can definitely see myself being there.”