Revisiting the 2009 Class Needs: Offense

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The Virginia Tech staff wasn’t expected to emphasize the offensive side of the ball as heavily as the defensive side in recruiting this 2009 class, and that opinion hasn’t changed as we head into preseason practice. Still, there are some areas that can be addressed and some interesting situations to monitor from here on out.

Of Tech’s seven commitments, two – Bassett offensive lineman Andrew Miller and Pulaski County athlete Nubian Peak – project to play offense. Quarterback remains the biggest position of need in my view, but there is a chance the staff doesn’t sign any signal callers in this class if they miss out on Kevin Newsome.

Here is the latest breakdown of offensive needs, by position…


2009 Projected Roster

Juniors (1): Tyrod Taylor
Sophomores/Red-shirt Freshmen (2): Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton, Marcus Davis (?)

Since our first piece, there has been some shuffling in terms of the 2009 projected roster. Clayton will enroll next month, which should be a positive in terms of getting him to learn the system and being more prepared to be a back-up to Taylor in 2009. It looks like Davis likely will play the 2008 season at wide receiver, though I have to think he will move back to quarterback for 2009 considering the lack of depth…unless of course Tech is able to land a Kevin Newsome in this class.

Originally, it looked like Virginia Tech could take as many as three potential quarterbacks in this class with Quintin Hunter, Kevin Newsome and Bryn Renner being very real possibilities earlier this spring. Hunter, who was being recruited more as an athlete than a quarterback, committed to Virginia. Newsome committed to Michigan and Renner, in what was a bit of a surprise, chose UNC. A fourth top target, Phoebus’ Tajh Boyd, committed early on to West Virginia.

At this time, there looks like a real possibility that the staff may not sign any quarterbacks in this class. Both senior camps have come and gone without even a new grey-shirt offer being extended to a quarterback. Whether