Virginia Tech finished with a very good 2006 recruiting class, highlighted by the talent accumulated on the defensive side of the ball. Heading into this class, the most pressing needs were offensive line and linebacker – Tech certainly landed some quality players at those positions, although adding one more at each would have solidified this class and probably vaulted Tech into a top 25 class in the country.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer’s summary of the class on Hokiesports.com: “I think we got some great signees from the state of Virginia,” Beamer said. “I think this is a talented class and a very good character class. I really like the makeup of a lot of the guys in this class. We’re disappointed, as always, in some of the guys we didn’t get, but I’m very excited about the ones we did get. They have good athletic ability, good work habits. We’ll look back in a couple years and determine if this was a good class or not, but I would bet we’ll look back and a lot of these guys will be tremendous contributors to the success of Virginia Tech.”
So Tech’s class, rated #31 nationally by Scout.com and #32 overall by Rivals.com, was a good one. It certainly could have been better considering Tech was in good shape with a lot of 4 and 5-star prospects, but it was still a very good class nevertheless.
Tech’s offensive line recruiting was off and running with three offensive lineman prospects in the fold by the end of October. Headlining this group, and maybe the entire class, is 6-6, 290-pound Cincinnati (OH) product Aaron Brown. Brown, an offensive tackle, was one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation and has the ability to compete for playing time as a true freshman. The fact that he’s already enrolled at Virginia Tech makes his stock even higher, as he will have the spring to work out in Tech’s strength program and learn the system.
In addition to Brown, Tech landed 6-7, 282-pound Dublin Scioto (OH) standout Clark Crum and Centreville (Clifton, VA) star Beau Warren. Crum may be a bit more of a project at this point, though he does have skill and his frame and athleticism equals a lot of potential athletically. Warren may not have the highest ceiling for the next level, but you can expect him to be a blue-collar type of player who I expect to be a solid contributor at the very least.
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