Countdown to Signing Day: Big Weekend for VT

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The first edition of the’s Countdown to Signing Day for the 2007 recruiting class comes the week of what will be the first big official visit weekend for the Hokies…and maybe the biggest overall. This weekend, the staff expects to host some talented uncommitted recruits including 4-star ATH Gerald Jones, 4-star WR Jay Smith, 3-star DE Jamar Jackson and DT Bud Tribbey. Five-star QB Tyrod Taylor headlines the committed players in town on official visits, with many more expected to be in unofficially as well.


Virginia Tech has 23 total commitments, 19 of which came in the month of July – a figure that still astounds me. In’s recently released team recruiting rankings for ’07, Tech’s class currently comes in rated eighth nationally. According to Rivals, the Hokies have landed one five star recruit, two four star recruits and 15 three-star players. When talking about this year’s class, you almost have to start with Tyrod Taylor. Taylor,’s number one player in the state and a five-star recruit, is one of the most highly recruited players to commit in Tech’s history. The 6-1 ½, 200-pound Hampton quarterback has the dual-threat capability Tech loves at the quarterback position and simply makes it look easy out on the football field.

While Taylor’s commitment is a good place to start when reviewing Tech’s ’07 class, it’s certainly not the only major success. Having filled so many key needs so far is another extremely significant success. Heading into this class, the Hokies were looking to fill needs in several areas including offensive line, running back, tight end and linebacker. The staff has addressed them all, though offensive line may be the overall winner. Tech has landed five quality linemen so far with four coming from the state of Virginia. Another, Kellam’s Greg Nosal, is likely to end up at offensive tackle and this would bring the amount up to six in this year’s class.

With so many commitments already in the fold, there aren’t too many remaining targets