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Michael Villagrana joins Hokies as senior director of player personnel

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Faculty football veteran will come to Tech just after serving as normal manager at Marshall University

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BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Football head mentor Brent Pry introduced Sunday that Michael Villagrana will provide as senior director of participant staff for the Hokies. He arrives to Blacksburg after serving as basic supervisor at Marshall University, overseeing that school’s recruiting, player personnel and roster administration initiatives alongside with head coach Charles Huff.
 
For the duration of his tenure at Marshall, he performed an integral function in assembling the school’s 2022 recruiting course, the greatest-rated team in university heritage. He beforehand served as director of recruiting at Mississippi Condition, performing less than head coaches Mike Leach and Joe Moorhead. The Bulldogs’ 2021 recruiting class ranked 26th in the country, even though Villagrana served keep a 2020 group intact immediately after a coaching transform, signing 24 out of 25 dedicated gamers to give MSU the nation’s No. 28 class. Mississippi State’s 2019 class rated 24th in the nation and involved very-touted T Charles Cross, one particular of the best-rated recruits to ever indication with the Bulldogs. 
 
The Youngstown, Ohio native started his connection with Pry at Penn Condition from 2015-17. Prior to departing for Mississippi Point out, he played a essential role in assembling a 2018 recruiting class that rated sixth in the nation. That group bundled long run NFL draftees these as LB Micah Parsons (Dallas), DE Odafe Oweh (Baltimore) and TE Pat Freiermuth (Pittsburgh). Penn State’s 2017 signees rated 15th in the country and highlighted NFL performers these kinds of as DE Yetur Gross-Matos (Carolina) and WR K.J. Hamler (Denver). Villagrana helped build a 2016 Penn Point out recruiting course that ranked 20th in the country and manufactured 8 present-day NFL gamers. He originally joined the Nittany Lions as an assistant recruiting coordinator in 2015, his 1st non-coaching soccer assignment. 
 
Before operating in participant staff, Villagrana was the broad receivers coach at Savannah State in the course of the 2014 year. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Hampton in 2013 right after serving as the Pirates’ special teams coordinator from 2010-12. 
 
Villagrana commenced his collegiate profession as a graduate assistant for two seasons at his alma mater, West Virginia, exactly where he secured his master’s degree in athletic coaching education and learning. He performed on the defensive line and at tight stop for the Mountaineers from 2003-07 and was portion of squads that claimed wins in the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. His lone collegiate landing catch arrived towards Virginia Tech in 2005. He joined the Mountaineers right after participating in at Boardman Large University in Youngstown, Ohio.  
 
Villagrana and his spouse, Tiffany, are mother and father of a son, Dominic, and a daughter, Camryn.