Texas A&M Hires Virginia Tech WR Coach Aaron Moorehead


Sep 13, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Isaiah Ford (1) celebrates with running back Travon McMillian (18) after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Lane Stadium. East Carolina defeated Virginia Tech 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After the 2012 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies took a chance and hired Aaron Moorehead as their wide receivers coach despite the fact that he was only a graduate assistant at Stanford. It was a risk for the Hokies, but it has been one that has paid off.

Moorehead got decent production out of a weak group of wide receivers in 2013 before getting some better recruits in for 2014. Moorehead has replenished the talent at wide receiver which is a reason why Virginia Tech has the potential to be the next TCU.

Moorehead had become fan favorite on the coaching staff due to the great job he had done with many looking forward to him being back next season. Unfortunately for Hokie Nation, Moorehead will not be back in Blacksburg next season.

This is definitely disappointing news to see that Moorehead will not be back with the Hokies next season. Moorehead will likely be getting a significant pay raise while he also may have more influence on the offense in College Station than he would in Blacksburg.

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Moorehead was slated to get a slight pay raise, but Moorehead was still going to be the lowest paid guy on the coaching staff. It is unknown if the Hokies planned on giving Moorehead a larger pay raise though it wouldn’t make sense not to raise his salary to the $250k to $275k.

The Aggies likely will pay Moorehead in the $300k to $350k range, and it is definitely a disappointing loss for the Hokies. Virginia Tech probably should have been more aggressive getting him a pay raise, but keeping Moorehead from Texas A&M may have been impossible.

For the Hokies, losing Aaron Moorehead is definitely big as he is listed as the primary recruiter for four Virginia Tech recruits with none of them being early enrollees. Moorehead has been a great recruiter especially in Maryland and the Midwest.

Any replacement for Moorehead will have to replace his energy on the recruiting trail which was a big reason for his success. Moorehead has also done a great job of maximizing the talent he had at wide receiver while also recruiting some really good wide receivers to Blacksburg including Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.

Moorehead is a rising name that was going to be hard for the Hokies to keep, but that doesn’t make losing him any better. The Hokies will likely have plenty of interest from other coaches due to the talent that the Hokies now have at wide receiver.

However, Aaron Moorehead is definitely a big loss especially with National Signing Day less than three weeks away and Spring Practice not too far away either. We wish Aaron Moorehead the best of luck in College Station.

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