Countdown to Signing Day: Final ’07 Edition

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There is less than a week until the most exciting day in college football recruiting, Signing Day. This is the final edition of Countdown to Signing Day for the 2007 class, a class that pretty much came together for Virginia Tech in two months time last summer.

Commentary: With Desmond Roberts off the board – he re-committed to N.C. State – and a new commitment – Edina (Minneapolis, MN) LS/OL Collin Carroll – on board, Virginia Tech now only awaits the decision of 6-5, 270-pound Chima Okoli, who is deciding between the Hokies and Penn State. A decision is expected to come today, though there is the chance that Chima decides to wait longer in what is a tough decision for him.

Aside from a possible commitment from Okoli and barring any surprises, Virginia Tech is finished with the 2007 recruiting class (well, except for recruited walk-ons). This class was basically finished last summer, when the Hokies went on what has to be a historic run of verbal commitments. On July 5th, Blake DeChristopher became the third player to commit to Virginia Tech. By August 20th, the Hokies had amassed 22 verbal commitments, 20 of which came in those two months.

We’ll get more in-depth in terms of breaking down the 2007 class once Signing day has come and gone, but for now, Virginia Tech fans should be happy with what the staff has been able to accomplish. Offensive line was a key area of need heading into this class and the staff landed six promising prospects (including Greg Nosal and Collin Carroll, though Carroll is first and foremost a long snapper recruit) – five being from the state of Virginia. Virginia Tech landed one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Tyrod Taylor, one of the top cornerback prospects in Cris Hill, two very good running back prospects, three athletic linebackers and a host of players the staff got to evaluate in person at last July’s senior camp.

Virginia Tech certainly could have used at least one top defensive end recruit, but other than that the Hokies have done an excellent job. And, with 12 commitments out of TSL’s Postseason Top 30 (plus 1), the staff reclaimed its stronghold in the state of Virginia after missing out on a handful of talented kids in 2006.

So, Hokie fans, relax and enjoy next Wednesday and watch the letters

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