2009 Class Needs: The Offense

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Virginia Tech has addressed the offensive side of the ball in a big way over the past two recruiting classes. Combing the two classes, the Hokies have landed three quarterbacks, four running backs, six wide receivers (potentially more if some of the 2008 class “athletes” stick at wide receiver), four tight ends and seven offensive line prospects. Tech has acquired quality as well as quantity, but there are some needs on the offensive side of the ball that should be addressed.

Let’s take a look at each offensive position, breaking down which needs there are for the 2009 recruiting class. These are the projections based on Virginia Tech’s current roster, but certainly things could change depending on possible attrition and/or position changes.


2009 Projected Roster

Juniors (1): Tyrod Taylor
Sophomores/Red-shirt Freshmen (1): Marcus Davis
Freshman (1): Joseph “Ju Ju” Clayton

Of course, Tyrod Taylor figures to be locked in as the starter, but for now the depth behind him would be young and raw. Marcus Davis turned heads in his senior season – his first full season as varsity starting quarterback at Ocean Lakes – but, in my opinion, there remains a solid chance that he ends up playing another position for the Hokies. Joseph Clayton, who will enroll in January of 2009, turned in a terrific senior season but certainly has some room to grow. He is not expected to make a serious contribution early on in his career.

Considering the lack of depth as well as the fact that Taylor will be a junior in 2009, quarterback is one of the most important needs in the 2009 class. Look for the staff to try to bring in two quarterback recruits, perhaps three if you count a QB/ATH type recruit.

Running Backs

2009 Projected Roster

Seniors (2): Jahre Cheeseman, Kenny Jefferson (FB), Elan Lewis, Kenny Lewis, Jr.
Juniors (1): Devin Radford
Sophomores (2): Darren Evans, Josh Oglesby
Sophomores/Red-shirt Freshmen (1): Ryan Williams
Freshmen (1): Tony Gregory

Darren Evans, Josh Oglesby and Ryan Williams are a talented trio of running backs. Tony Gregory is a likely candidate to attend prep school before arriving at Virginia Tech, which is why he is listed in the “freshmen” section. With excellent speed, he does have potential. The underclassmen are talented, but the projected junior and senior classes