2006 Recruiting Analysis: Scouting Report — Offensive Recruits

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With Virginia Tech’s amazing recruiting run in July, fans that follow
recruiting closely are astounded at the Hokies’ recent success, particularly
on the offensive side of the ball. Last year recruiting followers were taken on
a roller coaster ride of emotion in Tech’s early success on the recruiting
trail and optimism for a huge recruiting year, only to be disappointed in the
failure to close on several top prospects, particularly on offense. In this
first article in a series of recruiting articles, I will break down this class
in more detail and provide a scouting report and prediction for success for the
offensive recruits. Also, I will introduce you to my unique player rating system
(*no stars*) at the end of the article.

Quarterbacks

With
Tyrod Taylor waiting in the wings, the expectation was that Virginia Tech would
not be recruiting a quarterback in this class, but the Hokies saw enough in
lightly recruited Maury High School senior Kam
Chancellor
to give him a late offer. While many fans see Chancellor as an
“athlete” and likely to be moved to defense, I would have to pull a Lee
Corso and say, “not so fast my friend,” after seeing him play in person at
the VHSCA All-Star game.

Chancellor has very good size (6-3.5, 217), with a strong arm and excellent
presence on the field. He has good mobility and can elude the rush, throwing the
ball nicely on the run. His only discernible weakness, as I mentioned in my
report on the All-Star game, is that his release is relatively slow as he tends
to cock his arm on throws, allowing defensive backs time to react. If he can
speed up his release, I have little doubt that he can be a D-1 quarterback,
since he possesses all of the skills required of the position.

However, Chancellor’s athleticism and hard work

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