Football Recruiting: Turning the Corner

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I’m not one of those guys who believes that Frank Beamer and staff do
“more with less”. That used to be the case, but not anymore, in my
opinion. Instead, I believe the coaching staff currently assembled at Virginia
Tech is one of the most underrated groups of talent evaluators in the country,
and their recruiting is hitting an all-time high this year.

What’s the definition of “less”? Former 2-star recruit Kam
Chancellor? If he’s “less”, I’d like to see what “more” is. No, forget about those rags-to-riches story for a little while.
Let’s talk about this year’s recruiting class and what it looks like so far, how it
compares to classes of the past, and why on paper it’s going to be the best
class Virginia Tech has ever signed.

Star Rankings

Star rankings don’t necessarily mean a lot. The Hokies have had plenty of
two-star guys that went on to become outstanding players. Likewise, they’ve
had highly-touted recruits never contribute. But overall, programs like USC, LSU
and Texas pull in the top classes every year, and they are always among the
elite on the field as well. Star rankings definitely count for something.

From that standpoint, the Hokies are doing better than ever. Using the database, here is a look at the average star ratings for each Tech
class dating back to 2002. Obviously the 2008 class is not quite complete.

Rivals Star Comparisons
Year Average Stars
2002 2.75
2003 2.91
2004 2.80
2005 3.08