TSL’s Recruiting Roundtable
Generally speaking, what is your take on Virginia Tech’s 2008 recruiting class?
Chris Coleman: I think it’s a very good class. The Hokies filled their needs at every position. My favorite feature of the class is that many players are capable of playing more than one position. This is a versatile team.
Chris Horne: It is tough to find anything to fault, really. The quality of the class from top to bottom is very good, but two things stand out the most to me – the job Tech did in the state and the job the staff did in filling a few obvious needs at wide receiver and linebacker. With the way Coach Beamer emphasizes recruiting the state – something he makes known to the in-state recruits – you know that signing 22 players from the Commonwealth put a smile on his face. And the more in-state prospects that come aboard, the better for the future of in-state recruiting as well. Filling the needs were absolute musts, though, and Tech really hit it out of the park at the wide receiver and linebacker spots. Dyrell Roberts, TSL’s #2 overall player in the state, is a dynamic prospect with star potential at wide receiver, and Tech landed plus athletes with good size to go along with him. Tech did the same at linebacker, adding versatile, athletic players to compete at the position.
CFA Hokie: The ’08 class is outstanding……the coaches did their homework early, got in excellent position and closed strong!
Hokie Phil: Overall, this Hokies class is excellent with good balance and diversity from top to bottom. Tech was able to land some outstanding athletes that could help at a number of positions. With the large number of recruits, Tech was able to have a very deep class at all positions.
What is your biggest positive out of the 2008 class?
Chris Coleman: I think that anytime you can crush your in-state rival in in-state recruiting, that has to be at or near the top.
Chris Horne: While recruiting the state is obviously important, landing such a talented group of wide receivers really was the big hit for me. Tech has an outstanding group departing, and while there are some intriguing prospects already in place there just wasn’t much depth at all for the upcoming season. Landing Roberts, Jarrett Boykin and Randall Dunn (plus one of the “athletes”)...
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