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January 21, 2014

Searels To Be VT OL Coach

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Less than a week after losing its offensive line coach, Virginia Tech has found a replacement.

HokieHaven.com can now confirm earlier reports that former Texas assistant head coach and offensive line coach Stacy Searels will be named the offensive line coach for the Hokies. This is still pending final contract negotiations. The hire was first reported by Kyle Bailey of CBS Sports Radio's The Clubhouse in Blacksburg.

Searels replaces Jeff Grimes, who last week accepted the offensive line coaching position at LSU.

HokieHaven.com spoke briefly this afternoon with Searels, who declined official comment.

Searels spent three seasons at Texas under coach Mack Brown, until Brown resigned last month. Before joining the Longhorns, he spent the previous four seasons as the offensive line coach at Georgia. Among his players there, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno.

From 2003-06, Searels was the offensive line coach at LSU, where he was part of the 2003 national championship team. Prior to LSU, Searels spent two seasons as the OL coach at Cincinnati and was an assistant coach at Appalachian State from 1994-2000. He was a three-year offensive line starter from 1985-87 at Auburn, where he also began his career for two season as a graduate assistant.

"Prior to the change, he had really begun to establish himself as a pretty good recruiter," OrangeBloods.com editor Jason Suchomel said. "You look at the Texas 2015 O-line class and he was off to a terrific start. It was shaping up to be one of the best offensive line classes in the country and had a commitment from the top overall player in Texas. He did a good job, he just had a pretty big rebuilding job to do when he got to Austin. I think he was doing a good job of getting it there, but he just didn't have the time to get it to where he needed."

Searels' first task with the Hokies will be retaining their four offensive line commitments for 2014:

- Colt Pettit, three-star offensive tackle from Patrick Henry (OH), No. 60 player in Ohio.

- Tyrell Smith, three-star offensive guard from Don Bosco Prep (NJ), No. 26 in New Jersey.

- Billy Ray Mitchell, three-star offensive guard from Paramus Catholic (NJ)

- Eric Gallo, two-star offensive center from Council Rock South (Pa.)

Former three-star offensive line commit Brady Taylor flipped his commitment yesterday to his hometown Ohio State after an official visit over the weekend. He'd been offered by the Buckeyes prior to Grimes' departure and decided to visit prior to Grimes leaving as well.

Virginia Tech is expected to make an official announcement in the next 24-36 hours, as the Hokies prepare to host all four offensive line commits and a host of others on a big official visit weekend this coming weekend.





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