Look up and down the Hokies' 2017 recruiting class. Each recruit was a work in process, all the way up to their commitments and signings last week.
Sherando (Va.) four-star linebacker Dylan Rivers might be the perfect example. For months, during and after his sophomore seasons, he was quite high on Virginia Tech.
But in November of 2015, Rivers surprised a few when he gave his commitment to Penn State. In the time between then and when Rivers flipped to the Hokies last month, Virginia Tech did its homework. It was a continuance of what had already been established, but also a re-commitment of the Hokies to him.
"I thought he was the type of kid we needed to get at Virginia Tech, from the state of Virginia," Fuente said. "He committed (to Penn State) before I ever got the job here, because of some of the uncertainty that was surrounding Virginia Tech at the time. He and Bud had developed a relationship prior to me being hired and Dylan did not know that Bud was still gonna be here. So he made his decision and we essentially asked permission, to give us a chance and for me to show you what we're like, what I'm like. He agreed to that and through a year's time, we developed that relationship. He was certainly a priority for us."
Check out Fuente's video above with members of the media, about the Hokies' recruiting class.