Early Recruiting Outlook

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It’s only one month until the recruiting season picks up
once again, as September 1st is the first day college coaches can resume calling
recruits and recruits can begin official visits. So, for the next month,
recruits all across the country will not only be busy with preseason practice,
but some will be narrowing their lists further and setting official visits.

Heading into the busy time of recruiting, Virginia Tech
has received seven verbal commitments. One, Jacob Sykes, is already pegged as a
grey shirt. Todd Nolen, a 2005 signee, will likely have to go to Fork Union for
a year, which would bring the total back to seven (Sykes could be a 2006 or 2007
recruit if he enrolls in January of 2007.)

Look for Tech to try and sign about 21-23 players in this
year’s class. Offensive line and linebacker appear to be the most pressing
needs right now, with defensive end another position the Hokies are targeting

Here is an overview of all the positions and where
Virginia Tech may go from here…

Quarterback: By landing Greg
Boone and Ike Whitaker last season, quarterback is not a priority for the
Hokies. No quarterbacks were offered in this year’s class.

Running backs: Tech signed
workhorse tailback Elan Lewis last season and George Bell and Branden Ore will
be sophomore’s in 2006. Tech would like to land at least one top tailback
prospect in 2006. Devin Radford may get a shot at tailback, but his likely
position is corner. Tech isn’t the favorite right now for any of the running
back targets below, but is in contention. (There are other players listed who
could play tailback that are listed as athletes.)

Remaining RB targets (players Tech is still in contention
LaSean McCoy, Knowshon Moreno, Brandon
Minor, Evan Royster

Wide receivers: Sykes is a
solid pick-up at wideout. He impressed at several camps this year and has a good
combination of size and speed. Although Virginia Tech has excellent depth and
talent on the roster right now (and Todd Nolen coming in 2006), the Hokies would