Virginia Tech had several specific needs in this year’s recruiting class that they needed to address, particularly at quarterback. So, how did they do? Chris Horne and Chris Coleman will cover the offensive recruits today, and give their grades for each position based on needs and quality of recruits.
Original projection: 2
2009 Signees: None
Chris Horne‘s Grade: Virginia Tech receives a D-minus here. Just how big a big need quarterback was depends on the development of Ju-Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis, though at this point landing at least one sure quarterback target seemed essential. There are no true quarterbacks in this class and there was a big need for at least one sure-fire signal caller. Tech missed out on all of its top quarterback targets, including Kevin Newsome, who was the top quarterback target. There are some “athlete” types that could play quarterback, including Antone Exum and Logan Thomas. Whether or not these prospects get a hard look at quarterback likely depends on the staff’s comfort level with its back-up quarterbacks, although Coach Beamer indicated on Hokiesports.com that Exum would get a look. Exum is an outstanding athlete who took a big leap forward with his quarterback play from his junior to senior seasons. Thomas is a raw prospect at quarterback, but he possesses a strong arm and definitely has the size and athletic ability to play the position.
Chris Coleman’s Grade: F. Let’s take a look back at all the quarterbacks of the Beamer Bowl Era. Maurice DeShazo, Jim Druckenmiller, Al Clark, Michael Vick, Grant Noel, Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick, Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor were all recruited to play the quarterback position. Quarterback is a specialty position. You can’t just plug guys in there and expect them to succeed. There is a chance that a guy like Logan Thomas can play the position, but do you want him to? Personally, I’d rather have Thomas at wide receiver, tight end or H-back, where he is a matchup problem for the defense, and I’d rather have a true quarterback like Bryn Renner throwing him the ball. Unfortunately, that might not be possible. Marcus Davis could potentially contribute this year as a wide receiver, or at least on special teams, but a year of his career could potentially be wasted as a backup quarterback who won’t play a meaningful down. I don’t want to see the same thing happen to Antone Exum or Logan Thomas.
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