Virginia Tech’s 2015 recruiting class is complete. The Hokies picked up 17 letters of intent on Wednesday to go along with the five 2015 prospects who enrolled in January.
Note: As always, we don’t count 2014 signees Xavier Burke and Tyrell Smith as part of the 2015 class because they signed last February, though we do include them in OXVT’s info graphic above.
SIGNED PLAYERS (LOI RECEIVED BY VT) - SHOWN IN THE ORDER RECEIVED
|S||Adonis Alexander||Signed (Jan enrollee)|
|OL||Austin Clark||Signed (Jan enrollee)|
|CB||Mook Reynolds||Signed (Jan enrollee)|
|LB||Carson Lydon||Signed (Jan enrollee)|
|DE / DT||Yosuah Nijman||Signed (Jan enrollee)|
|DT, DE||Harry Lewis||Signed|
|TE, DE||Chris Cunningham||Signed|
Headliners for the class include TSL 4-star recruits Dwayne Lawson (QB, Florida), Tim Settle (DT, VA), Trevon Hill (DE, VA), Mook Reynolds (CB, NC) and Austin Clark (OL, VA). The Hokies also picked up a few players who were rated as 4-star prospects by other services, such as Jahque Alleyne (S, VA), Darius Fullwood (DE, MD), Yoshua Nijman (DL, NJ) and Deshawn McClease (RB, VA).
The Hokies were focused on signing a lot of offensive and defensive linemen in the 2015 class, and they accomplished that goal from a numbers standpoint. However, it’s not quite clear where some of the players will end up, or whether they will qualify.
DT Tim Settle: Settle may have to attend prep school.
DE Darius Fullwood: Fullwood could potentially grow into a defensive tackle.
DE Trevon Hill: Hill left Salem High School in October, and currently attends Renaissance Academy, a school for students with academic, discipline or behavior issues. We do still expect him to enroll at Tech.
DL Yoshua Nijman: Nijman will begin his career at DE, but at 6-7, 277 already, he could be destined for the offensive line.
Houshun Gaines, who signed as a defensive end, will definitely play that position for the Hokies. Tremaine Edmunds signed as a linebacker, but we at TSL feel there is a strong chance that he could eventually play defensive end or tight end.
Tech signed four offensive linemen…
4-star OT Austin Clark, VA
3-star OT Mike Arnold, FL
3-star OT D’Andre Plantin, GA
2-star OG/C Zachariah Hoyt
It’s possible that Yoshua Nijman could also end up at offensive tackle, which would give the Hokies five offensive linemen for this class, with 2014 signee Tyrell Smith being a true freshman as well.
Of the three “blue chippers” in this class, two hail from the state of Virginia.
Austin Clark: #124 nationally by Rivals, #180 overall by 247, unanimous 4-star prospect
Tim Settle: #174 by Rivals, #162 by 247, #19 (5-star) by ESPN
Dwayne Lawson: #175 by Rivals, #199 by ESPN, unanimous 4-star prospect.
Three of Tech’s signees, including two of the top three, were once committed to other programs. Austin Clark was a South Carolina commit before deciding to stay close to home, and Dwayne Lawson decommitted from Miami for a chance at early playing time. Darius Fullwood originally chose the Kentucky Wildcats.
We’ll have much more on the 2015 recruiting class in the coming days, including scouting reports on every player throughout the month of February and into early March.