Post Spring: 2010 Class Needs

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Virginia Tech is off and running in the 2010 recruiting class, having earned
commitments from seven rising senior prospects heading into its senior camps,
which have proven to be successful events over the past several years in terms
of commitments. For now, let’s break down Tech’s projected 2010 season roster
for a closer look at which positions will be most important for the staff to
recruit.

After missing on all of its top quarterback targets in the 2009 class,
Virginia Tech has come through big-time by scoring two top targets in the 2010
class. On a Thursday earlier this month, H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.)
prospect Ricardo Young made his intentions public at the Big-Time
Football Showcase on the campus of Rutgers. Several hours later, Atlantic
Community (Delray Beach, FL) standout Mark Leal informed the Virginia
Tech staff of his desire to play for the Hokies.

Considering Tech’s need for quarterbacks and the fact that these are two
prospects the staff thought highly enough of to offer early, there is no
question the staff must be ecstatic to score both. Not only does this bolster
the depth chart, but it allows top 2009 class athletes Antone Exum and Logan
Thomas to play other positions. Young hopes to be in the quarterback mix by next
spring, as his plan is to graduate early and enroll at Tech in January of 2010.

Tech’s quarterback commits certainly are important, but the Hokies have
thrived in recruiting for the trenches as well. Rockbridge County (Lexington,
VA) offensive guard Caleb Farris and Fork Union Military Academy (VA)
offensive tackle Mark Shuman have committed for the offensive side of the
ball, while future FUMA defensive tackle Nick Acree and Highland Springs
(VA) defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins have committed for the defense.

Pulaski County (Dublin, VA) linebacker Tahrick Peak rounds out the
class so far. The athletic linebacker will join his brother, Nubian, as a member
of Tech’s football program. The younger Peak, a 6-2, 210-pound prospect, racked
up 127 tackles in the regular season alone

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