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Editor’s Note: See the accompanying article The
2005 Recruiting Class, By the Numbers.
Led by an outstanding in-state haul where they landed four of the state’s
top 7 prospects, Virginia Tech enjoyed what is considered to be one of, if not
the best, classes ever. Tech’s 2005 class is rated #10 by Tom Lemming of
ESPN.com, #15 by Rivals.com and #18 by Scout.com. The Hokies landed one 5-star,
four 4-star, 14 3-star and five 2-star recruits.
The in-state group is headlined by Victor “Macho” Harris. Harris, who is
ranked as the #1 prospect in the state, is a Techsideline.com and Rivals.com
5-star prospect. Though he was an excellent tailback in high school, his likely
position for the Hokies will be cornerback. Don’t be surprised if he sees
action on both sides of the ball further down the road.
In addition to Harris, Tech landed one of the most productive tailbacks in
Virginia high school football history in 5-8, 210-pound Elan Lewis. The Hokies
also landed linebacker Deveon Simmons, who is a devastating hitter out of
Landstown, and Oscar Smith quarterback Greg Boone. Boone is considered an
excellent quarterback prospect who has the versatility and athleticism to play
and be very effective at several other positions.
In total, Virginia Tech landed 13 in-state recruits, including 10 of the
Techsidline.com Top 20 prospects and five of the top 10. This is just
outstanding quality in a deep and talented in-state class.
Virginia Tech did a very good job filling several need areas. Quarterback,
defensive line, offensive line, defensive back and running back were all key
positions of need. Virginia Tech landed two outstanding dual-threat quarterbacks
in Boone and 4-star talent Ike Whitaker. Joining those talented quarterbacks in
the backfield is tough, bruising fullback Kenneth Jefferson and the
aforementioned Elan Lewis.
There is a lot of size along the offensive line, as Tech landed 6-7,
310-pound Eric Davis, 6-6,
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