Recruiting Overview: Signing Day Approaching Fast

Recruiting calendar

Signing Day – February 4th. The Signing Period lasts from February 4th until April 1st.

Division 1 football recruiting is currently in a Contact Period, which began November 30th and lasts through January 31st.

In-home visits are allowed during the Contact Period. According to the NCAA, “Six in-person off-campus contacts per prospective student-athlete shall be permitted during this time period with not more than one permitted in any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) or partial calendar week.”

The rest of the calendar goes as follows:

Quiet Period: December 21st, January 2-4, January 11th, January 16-17, February 1st
Dead Period: December 22-January 1, January 12-15, February 2-5
(Note: January 12-15 is a Dead Period, however, according to the NCAA, “Institutional staff members may have contact with a prospective student-athlete who has been admitted for mid-year enrollment, provided the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or other offer of admission and/or financial aid to attend the institution and is required to be on campus to attend institutional orientation sessions for all students.”)


Virginia Tech has 17 commitments in the fold for the 2009 class, but not all of these prospects are slated for enrollment in the summer of 2009. Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.) brothers Tariq and Tyrell Edwards and Liberty (Bealeton, VA) offensive lineman Kory Gough are slated to grey-shirt, meaning they’ll enroll in Blacksburg in January of 2010. Bassett (VA) offensive lineman/defensive lineman Andrew Miller is planning to be on wrestling scholarship his freshman year before being on football scholarship beginning in the spring semester of 2010.

The situations of the Edwards brothers, Gough and Miller mean that Tech only has 13 commitments expected to enroll in the summer of 2009. D.J. Coles and Tony Gregory, 2008 class signees who came up short of qualifying academically, are hoping to enroll at Virginia Tech next month. One or both not qualifying could impact the 2009 class numbers further. TSL is hoping to learn the status of both of these prospects this week, so stay tuned.

Virginia Tech’s 2009 class commitment breakdown is as follows…

RB (1): David Wilson, George Washington (Danville, VA)
WR (2): Nubian Peak, Pulaski (Dublin, VA); Logan Thomas, Brookville (Lynchburg, VA)
OL (2): Kory Gough, Liberty (Bealeton, VA); Andrew Miller, Bassett (VA)
DT (2): DeAntre Rhodes, Varina (VA); David Wang, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA)
DE (2): James Gayle, Bethel (Hampton, VA); Duan Perez-Means, Hermitage (Richmond, VA)
LB (2): Telvion Clark, Granby (Norfolk, VA); Tyrel Wilson, Hampton (VA)
DB (2): James Hopper (CB), Seventy-First (Fayetteville, N.C.); Jerrodd Williams, Central (Daniel, S.C.)
PK (1): Cody Journell, Giles (Pearisburg, VA)
ATH (3): Tariq Edwards (DE/LB), Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.); Tyrell Edwards (TE/LB), Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.); Theron Norman (S/WR), Hermitage (Richmond, VA)

The following is a breakdown of the scholarship overview, including grey-shirts from the 2008 class.

January 2009 enrollment: RB/CB Tony Gregory, WR Ben Barber (qualified), WR D.J. Coles, TE Eric Martin (qualified)
Summer 2009 enrollment: RB David Wilson, WR/ATH Nubian Peak, WR Logan Thomas, DT DeAntre Rhodes, DT David Wang, DE James Gayle, DE/ATH Duan Perez-Means, LB Telvion Clark, LB Tyrel Wilson, CB/ATH James Hopper, CB Jerrodd Williams, S/WR Theron Norman, PK Cody Journell
January 2010 enrollment: OL Kory Gough, DE/LB Tariq Edwards, LB/TE Tyrell Edwards
On football scholarship in the spring of 2010: OL Andrew Miller

Remaining needs/targets…

Position-wise, Tech’s priorities include a quarterback, at least one defensive end, one offensive lineman and one defensive back. Quarterback tops the list of remaining needs and we all know which signal caller the staff is focused on – Kevin Newsome. Besides Newsome, other top remaining targets include Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD) defensive end Jason Ankrah, Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) offensive lineman Devin Bolling, Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) defensive end Lanford Collins, Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) defensive back Antone Exum, Good Counsel (Wheaton, MD) linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Leon Mackey and Meadowbrook (Richmond, VA) 5-star OL Morgan Moses.

Let’s take a look at the remaining targets by position: