Update on the 2006 Football Recruiting Class

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With just under three months remaining until the start of football practice
in August, it won’t be long before the majority of the 2006 recruiting class
is on campus in Blacksburg. In fact, some have already participated in spring
practice. But some are having qualification issues, and you won’t see them in
Blacksburg until 2007. Here is a status report on each recruit of
the 2006 class.

Most experts consider the 2006 class to be slightly less talented than some
previous classes. But nevertheless, there could be more players counted on to
contribute as true freshmen than in most previous classes. For example, the 2005
recruiting class was considered to be one of Tech’s best ever, yet only one
player, Macho Harris, played as a true freshman.

The number of 2006 Tech newcomers that play in their first season will depend
on their skill level and whether or not they are needed. The Hokies signed a
number of kids who were physically ready to play in 2005, such as Elan Lewis and
Cam Martin, but they were not needed.

This year, it appears that some players will be needed. In fact, one player
was originally scheduled to enroll in January 2007, but pressing needs at a
certain position have caused the coaching staff to bump him up to August.
However, most will not play in 2006, and some will not have the opportunity
because of qualifying issues and greyshirting. Let’s take a look at each
player in the class of 2006 and check on their qualifying status and their
chances for early playing time.

, DE—Adjepong will join the team in time for August
practice, where he will have a chance to earn early playing time at defensive
end. Adjepong was one of the most highly rated linemen in the nation this past
year, and he chose the Hokies over teams such as Ohio State, Michigan and Penn

, DT—At this point it appears that Ajiboye will not
qualify academically for Virginia Tech, and will have to go to prep school.
Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA looks to be the likely destination
point. Ajiboye was originally a