The Road to Signing Day 2007: A Look at the Rivals Top 100

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Rivals.com recently released their Top
100 players in the nation
, and there are several Virginia Tech targets on the list, including two from the state of
Virginia. The competition will be tough, as always, but the Hokies have a good chance to pull in several of the more
highly-touted players in the nation.

The two players from the state of Virginia in the Top 100 are Hampton High School quarterback Tyrod Taylor and
Kempsville High School wide receiver Jay Smith. The Hokies are squarely in the mix in both players’ recruitment, and
most consider Tech the leader for Taylor, who is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.

Taylor is an athletic quarterback who hails from the same high school as Ronald Curry, the former #1 recruit in the
nation and now NFL wide receiver. Rivals.com lists Taylor as the #18 recruit in the country and the #2 dual-threat
quarterback in the country. If Virginia Tech is able to gain a commitment from Taylor, it could open the flood gates.
Other highly-touted players could be heavily influenced by Taylor’s decision.

That list of players includes Jay Smith, who has become close friends with Taylor. Their families have drawn very
close, and they both seem to be handling their recruiting the same way, with their fathers taking the lead. Smith is the
#95 recruit in the nation according to Rivals. Other schools that rank highly on Smith’s list include NC State (his
father’s alma mater), Miami and Tennessee.

Columbia, SC wide receiver Mark Barnes would also give Virginia Tech a serious look if Tyrod Taylor ends up in
Blacksburg. Barnes is the #44 player in the country, and although he is being recruited primarily as a wide receiver, he
could also play safety at the college level. Barnes will be a tough pull out of SEC country, but if the Hokies land
Taylor, then they certainly have a chance with Barnes.

There are other players in the Top 100 that Virginia Tech has targeted. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, the #2 player
in the nation, and wide receiver Arrelious Benn, rated #19 in the country, would be major additions to

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