2009 Class: Reflections and Analysis

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Signing Day 2009 has come and gone and Virginia Tech finished up with 21 recruits, 14 of which are designated to play on the defensive side of the ball. The class is a highly rated one, one that is ranked in the top 25 nationally by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.

Quotes from head coach Frank Beamer (from Hokiesports.com)…

Coach Beamer’s initial statement…

“I think this is a terrific class. Not just a good class. I think a terrific class. I think our athletic ability is very, very good, but I like the character. The academics of the class I think is very, very good. David Wilson and Logan Thomas just give you an idea. They’re not only terrific players, but they were homecoming king this past year, so that kind of gives you an indication that these are good players but they’re well-liked within their school and well thought of and respected within their school. We like that. We like that a lot.

“Defensive end is one position I think we really felt like we needed to get some players in here and we’ve got four players we hope are going to end up [at defensive end] – Lanford Collins, James Gayle, Duan Perez-Means, Tyrel Wilson. These are four kids that can really run and I think they are going to be excellent for us.

“We missed on a couple of quarterbacks but we really feel like we’ve got some good quarterbacks within our program. Antone Exum is a guy that we’re going to give some work at quarterback. And then Logan Thomas could probably play any skill position on the field including quarterback, where he played [the last two years in high school]. We plan on starting him out more as an H-back kind of guy, moving him around, but he probably could play quarterback. And then Ju-Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis, two freshman kids, we think a lot of them. And then Greg Boone will get some work at quarterback this spring also. So we feel like we’ve got some very, very good players that could be very, very good quarterbacks here in our program.”

Coach Beamer on Tech’s recruiting success in the state of Virginia…

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