Bryce Goodner’s recruitment has jumped to a whole new level.
The senior McMinn County offensive lineman announced Sunday afternoon that he received a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, earning his first Power Five conference offer from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program.
“After a great talk with (Hokies offensive line coach Vance Vice), I’m thankful to have earned an offer from Virginia Tech,” Goodner said on his Twitter page announcement.
Goodner made even more waves in his recruiting process after the video of him jumping out of a swimming pool and landing feet-first went viral. That video has received more than 100,000 views since Goodner first posted it to Twitter on June 7.
And it caught the attention of Virginia Tech assistant offensive line coach Kyle Chung, who was a former All-ACC Honorable Mention offensive lineman with the Hokies and played briefly in the NFL.
“He (Chung) saw my pool video, he followed me on Twitter, I followed him, and we started talking, and that kicked off my recruitment there,” Goodner said in an interview with The Daily Post-Athenian. “And I can’t thank him enough.”
Goodner had taken a visit to Blacksburg, Virginia, the weekend of July 25. The Hokies’ offer to the 6’3”, 294-pound Cherokee lineman came just a little more than a week later.
Goodner, who has a 3.9 grade point average and a 29 ACT score, has earned more than 20 offers to play college football at the NCAA Division I level, including from all eight Ivy League schools. So far, topping his list are Rice, Charlotte, Navy and Air Force.
After his visit and now offer from Virginia Tech, Goodner hinted that the Hokies will be listed among his top choices, as well.
“I’ve been talking to those coaches for a while, and I’ve gotten to talk to all the current players, and I got to go up there and see the campus, and it felt like home,” Goodner said.