Q&A with Tyree Saunders

Tyree Saunders is a 6’0″, 174 lbs wide receiver from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, FL. He recently signed with Virginia Tech in the 2020 recruiting class. You can follow Tyree on Twitter @showtimetyree and on Instagram @showtime_re.

Here are Tyree’s Senior Season HUDL highlights.

What drew you to Virginia Tech? Why did you choose to sign with Virginia Tech over the other schools that recruited you?

Saunders: What drew me to Virginia Tech was the coaching staff and the opportunities at Virginia Tech. I chose Virginia Tech based on the relationships I made and the opportunity to play big-time football. Getting a great education while also getting developed for the next level. VT was just the school for me.

What other schools recruited you? What were Virginia Tech’s football facilities like compared to the other schools that recruited you?

Saunders: Others schools that recruited me hard were Syracuse, Kansas State and FSU was showing a lot of interest thoroughout my recruitment all the way to signing day but they never offered. The football facilities at Virginia Tech were about the same as the other schools recruiting me or better.

Which coaches/staff members did you connect with in your visits to Virginia Tech? Who did you talk to the most?

Saunders: The coaches or staff I connected with when I visited were Coach Williams, assistant Lino, Coach Fu and Coach Cornelsen. I probably talked the most to the assistant Lino on my visit just as much as I did with Coach Williams.

What were your visits to Virginia Tech like as a recruit?

Saunders: My visits to Virginia Tech as a recruit were fun and I made good relationships and bonds. Every time I visited.

How big a role did social media play in your decision-making process?

Saunders: Social media played a little role in my decision-making process but not enough to make me sway one way or another. It’s just social media.

If you could give advice to class of 2021 recruits, what would you tell them about the recruiting process?

To enjoy it as much as possible and to go on as many visits as possible. Have fun with it, because you earned it but keep in the back of your head what the true goal is and what you’re there for. Make the best decision for you and seek advice from those close to you, if needed.

What are your goals for 2020? What do you hope to accomplish in your first season with the Hokies?

Saunders: My goal for the 2020 season is to come and compete right away. I want be playing in the rotation and towards the middle of the season be the starting wide receiver. As a freshman, I just want to win as many games as possible, makes catches when ball comes my way, make sure I’m open and get better each week to become a better player. Also, be on special teams, but most importantly I want to be on the field contributing in some form for my team. I’m trying to make an impact as a freshman and try to make a freshman ACC team in either special teams or offense. I want to be a freshman on some type of awards or mention-level.