Welcome to TSL’s Recruiting Roundtable! CFA Hokie, Chris Coleman and Will Stewart join me to answer questions about Virginia Tech’s 2008 recruiting class. We take a look at the class up to this point, where the Tech staff should go from here as well as a look into Virginia Tech’s in-state recruiting success.
Up to this point, what do you like the most about Tech’s 2008 class? Has there been a disappointment to this point?
CFA Hokie: The thing to keep in mind about this recruiting class is how well positioned we are with several key targets. After an impressive summer haul in the ’07 class, the VT staff was able to get very well positioned with the in-state kids in the ’08 class. To date, UVA has been shutout in the state with all of their commits coming from out of state. The momentum was temporarily halted by the events of 4/16, but the 2 invite only camps this summer should jump start this class again… along with a very strong team in ’07 on the field.
The only real disappointment could not have been avoided, and that was 4/16. VT traditionally kicks their recruiting season off with the spring game, getting most of their junior recruits (rising seniors) on campus for the first time. Plans obviously changed, and the staff has done an excellent job in light of a difficult situation for everyone in the Hokie Nation.
Chris Coleman: I’m liking that linebacker class quite a bit. Gibson, Johnson and Taylor all appear to be good pickups, and Derrick McCoy could end up at whip as well. The Hokies could have some quality depth there soon. I can’t say I’m disappointed by anything yet. It’s a bit early for that.
Chris Horne: While I love what Virginia Tech has done at linebacker, I’m going to go in a bit of a different direction here. I like where Virginia Tech has been able to rack up its commitments. As usual, Virginia Tech has done well inside the state of Virginia and is on the way to a dominant year in that respect. But, while the quantity isn’t high, continuing to get quality prospects from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia – all states which are key ACC recruiting areas – is a good thing. Tech has landed one of the top linemen out of North Carolina (Michael Via) and one of the top overall recruits in South Carolina (Bruce Taylor).
Will Stewart: I like two things: Number one, it looks like VT is going to...
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