With Virginia Tech’s recruiting objectives defined and the May evaluation
period in process, VT’s recruiting target board is taking shape. By June, the
initial list of players that the Hokie coaches will pursue at each position
should be completely set. We take an early look at figuring out Virginia Tech’s
major recruiting targets. First up: the offense, led by quarterback prospect
(and possible five-star recruit) Tyrod Taylor out of Hampton.
In this two-part series (part two will concentrate on defense), the purpose
is not to give any indication of player ratings or their likelihood of picking
Virginia Tech. The focus is to present you with a list of top targets, as we see
it right now, for reference as you check out recruiting updates and databases.
Note that this is not, of course, the official Virginia Tech target board.
Quarterback (projection: 1 or 2, probably 1)
VT will likely take one top quarterback performer in the 2007 class. With
Sean Glennon, Cory Holt, Ike Whitaker, and Greg Boone all redshirt sophomores or
younger, VT can afford to “go for it” with a quarterback in this class.
Another option will be to take two quarterbacks in the 2007 class after not
signing one in the 2006 class (except for Cam Chancellor, who is expected to end
up on defense). Perhaps looking for one true quarterback and another that
projects as an athlete is the way to go.
Here are the recruits on the VT board at the QB position:
- Tyrod Taylor, 6-1, 190, VA (offer)
- Cameron Newton, 6-5, 225, GA(offer)
- Kendrick Pressley, 6-0, 170, SC (offer-Athlete/QB)
- Travaris Cadet, 6-0, 180, FL (no offer- Athlete/QB)
Other players of note at QB include Justin Siller(MI), and Zack Ingle(MD).
Running Back (projection: 2)
VT will be searching high and low and most likely casting a wide net across
the Eastern seaboard for two running backs in the 2007 class. With the 2006
class consisting of Kenny Lewis, Jr., as well as Devin Radford, VT has to have
at least one feature back (think KJ/Suggs/Ore) in this class along with as a
bruising type back (think Humes). There appear to be more “big backs” at
this point, and additional names will begin to appear as the spring/summer moves
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