2008 Football Recruiting Class Analysis: The Players

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Virginia Tech’s class is made up of seven 4-star recruits, 19 3-star recruits and five 2-star recruits. While the seven 4-star kids certainly stand out, from top to bottom this class is filled throughout with potential impact players. Let’s take a look at the players in this class by position, based on the projected positions from hokiesports.com.

QUARTERBACK

Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton
• 6-2, 210 pounds
• Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA)
• Rivals rank: 2 stars
• Scout rank: 2 stars; #93 quarterbacks
• Primary Recruiter: Jim Cavanaugh

Marcus Davis

• 6-4, 215
• Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
• TechSideline.com Top 30 rank: #9
• Rivals rank: 3 stars; #38 athletes
• Scout rank: 3 stars; #112 wide receivers
• Primary Recruiter: Curt Newsome

Analysis…

Virginia Tech recruited two quarterbacks with dual-threat capabilities. Both prospects are good enough athletes that, if things don’t work out at quarterback, they could switch positions, though Davis would seem to have more versatility in that regard.

Clayton, who is the reigning Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Player of the Year, completed 60-percent of his passes for 2,117 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year. He only threw nine interceptions, leading Hermitage to a Central Region championship that included a first-round playoff victory over heavily talented Highland Springs. Ju-Ju is a gray shirt recruit, so he’ll enroll in January of 2009. He will be able to participate in spring practices and then red-shirt in 2009, giving him more time to develop.

Marcus Davis was not recruited as a quarterback early on in his recruiting process. His huge frame and terrific speed had many coaches, including Virginia Tech’s, envisioning a wide receiver or tight end. Then Ocean Lakes lost its projected starting signal caller, senior Dan Pitts,

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