Countdown to Signing Day: Class of 2008 Preview

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The Hokies currently have three players committed for the 2008 class – Myrtle Beach (S.C.) LB Bruce Taylor and 2007 class holdovers Kendrick Pressley and D.J. Thomas. Pressley and Thomas both signed last week, but both are expected to go to prep school and re-sign next February.

Our sources say that the number Tech is hoping to land in total is 23. With three commitments in the fold, that leaves 20 as the desired remaining number.

Based on the breakdown below of the 2008 roster, wide receiver and defensive end look like the most obvious areas of need. Virginia Tech missed out on some top defensive ends in 2007, making this year’s class all the more important. At wide receiver, losing Eddie Royal, Josh Morgan, Josh Hyman and Justin Harper after this season make that position a big need in the 2008 recruiting class. Defensive back is a key area as well as we look towards Signing Day 2008.


Seniors: Sean Glennon, Cory Holt (QB/WR)
Juniors: Ike Whitaker
Sophomores: None
R/S Fr./Soph.: Tyrod Taylor

Need analysis for 2008 recruiting class: Adding a quarterback in this year’s class is not a huge need, but it would certainly be nice given the fact that Glennon and Holt will run out of eligibility after ’08. Look for the staff to target at least one.

Seniors: George Bell, Branden Ore
Juniors: Jahre Cheeseman, Kenny Jefferson, Elan Lewis, Kenny Lewis, Jr.,
Sophomores: Devin Radford
R/S Fr./Soph.: Darren Evans, Josh Oglesby

Need analysis: Virginia Tech lists D.J. Thomas as a running back, but he is likely not an every down back. And he could even switch positions once he arrives at Tech. Tech has a good mix of players already in place, but look for the Hokies to try and land 1-2 tailback prospects in this class.

Seniors: None
Juniors: None
Sophomores: Zach Luckett
R/S Fr./Soph: Danny Coale, Jacob Sykes, Patrick Terry

Need analysis: We have found Virginia Tech’s first big need of the 2008