In Focus: Virginia Tech Lands Highly Rated Class

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ESPN #15… #24… #29…This is where Virginia Tech’s 2007 recruiting class is rated nationally. A very good haul for head coach Frank Beamer and staff, who reclaimed the state of Virginia and filled some key need areas on National Signing Day.

Not surprisingly, Tech’s class is highlighted by 5-star Hampton (VA) signal caller Tyrod Taylor. But there is more to this class than just one player. Taylor, known for his good character off the field in addition to his obvious talents on it, is just an example of the type of character individuals Coach Beamer feels he has signed in this class.

“Not only do I think that this is a very talented incoming class, I think it’s potentially one of the best classes we’ve ever signed,” head coach Frank Beamer said in a press release on “I think that this group has very good character and takes care of their academics. All of those things go a long way in winning championships.”

In total, Virginia Tech landed 12 prospects in’s Postseason Top 30. This should ease fears that last year’s situation – where a number of top in-state recruits signed out-of-state – was a trend. At this point, it seems more like a one-year wonder.

The Hits…

Tyrod Taylor, offensive lineman/tight ends, running backs.

Any time you land the number one recruit on your board, you have to be happy. That’s exactly what Coach Beamer did, pulling in the next great quarterback to come out of the Tidewater area. A player with outstanding poise to match his ability, Taylor could conceivably be in the mix at quarterback as a true freshman. He is that good and he seems mature enough to handle it.

Good thing for Taylor, the Virginia Tech staff went out and landed some quality offensive linemen. Regardless of whether or not Tech landed Taylor, offensive line was easily a key area of need for this year’s class. Tech answered the call in