2009 Recruiting Needs: Defense

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The Hokies signed another big defensive class. Like last year’s class, it
features players who can be slotted at multiple positions. Recruiting versatile
players is one of the reason’s Bud Foster’s defense is successful year after
year.

Defensive Line

Original projection: 2

2009 Signees: 6 (DeAntre Rhodes, David Wang, Lanford Collins, James
Gayle, Duan Perez-Means, Tyrel Wilson

Chris Horne’s Grade: B+

Lanford Collins and DeAntre Rhodes are the two studs of the group, which
features quantity and quality.

Defensive end was a real need in this class and Tech did very well, scoring
at least four speedy, athletic players. The number could move to five
depending on the development of Tariq Edwards, who could also be a
linebacker. All four prospects have the tools to be good, but Collins
really has the look of a stud college defensive end. Gayle has tremendous
upside as well. He only played two years on the varsity level, but his
big-time quickness and speed were evident at Tech’s second senior camp last
year.

Rhodes, who played under former Hokie Kevin Lewis (Varina’s defensive line
coach) in high school, has the potential to play early. Athletic and
strong, he looks like a terrific defensive tackle prospect. David Wang
boasts excellent size at 6-2, about 300 pounds, and he is a dedicated
worker. As Chris Coleman mentioned, he could also end up on the interior
offensive line, but for now I see him getting a good shot at defensive tackle.

Chris Coleman’s Grade: B+

This looks like a very good group of defensive linemen. DeAntre Rhodes and
Lanford Collins are ranked in the Top 10 in the state of Virginia, and in a
normal year they could be fringe Top 5 prospects. Wang appears to have the mean
streak to play defensive tackle for Charley Wiles, and you have to figure at
least one of James Gayle, Duan Perez-Mean and Tyrel Wilson will develop into a
quality player.

Overall, the Hokies did well with quality and quantity along the defensive
line.

Linebackers

Original projection: 1

2009 Signees: 2 (Telvion Clark, Tariq Edwards)

Chris Horne’s Grade: B

Telvion Clark is an excellent get out of Granby. He is a typical Tech
linebacker – perhaps a bit

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