Freedom lineman Josh Fuga (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
After coaching change at Temple, Josh Fuga snaps up a Virginia Tech scholarship offer
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Just before leaving Virginia Tech on an official visit, Freedom’s Josh Fuga has retracted his verbal commitment to Temple University and will sign with the Hokies on Wednesday, which is also the first official college football signing day.
Fuga, a 6-1, 305 pound offensive lineman and nose guard, had been steadfast in his intention to stick with his Temple commitment, even as larger schools became aware of him as the Eagles soared to a 13-2 record and Class 6 state runner-up this fall. However, in the past ten days, Temple’s coach, Geoff Collins, has accepted the Georgia Tech head coaching position, while Manny Diaz was named as the new Owl coach last Friday.
Tech had made a late push for Fuga as Freedom made its playoff push, with defensive coordinator Bud Foster and defensive line coach Charlie Wiles visiting the Woodbridge school two weeks ago, just days before the Eagles played Manchester in the state final. Virginia and Wake Forest had also extended offers to Fuga, and several other Power Five schools had expressed interest, but not offered.
Although Freedom lost the Class 6 championship game 49-7, there was little question that Fuga’s collegiate value was on the rise, and Coach Darryl Overton told recruitNoVA.com that his star defender may be in the process of switching his commitment. That prediction came true yesterday with Fuga’s announcement from Blacksburg yesterday afternoon.
Fuga, with 18 sacks and 21 tackles for loss among his 71 this season, has already been named first-team All-Cardinal District, and most recently was selected as the defensive player of the year for region 6C. He was also selected as a first-team offensive lineman. It is expected that he will play defensive tackle for the Hokies, who are coached by Justin Fuente.
Fuga will become Tech’s 18th commitment for the class of 2023. The Hokies recently qualified for a bowl for the 26th straight year, and are currently in preparation for their Military Bowl matchup against the University of Cincinnati (10-2) on New Year’s Eve.
– Jim McGrath