Inside the Numbers: Rating the 2001 Recruiting Class

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It’s been over a year since we looked back and reviewed the 2000 recruiting
class, so it’s about time we moved ahead to the 2001 class. There were a number
of highly-touted players in the 2001 class. The Hokies had played for the
National Championship just 13 months before the 2001 group signed, and Tech
football was considered to be on the rise.

The Players

Virginia Tech did very well in-state in 2001, signing 13 players from the
state of Virginia. That included three of the top four players in the state, and
five of the top 10. The Hokies signed #1 Bryan Randall, #2 DeAngelo Hall, #4
Justin Hamilton, #9 Cedric Humes and #10 D.J. Walton.

It didn’t stop with the top 10. The Hokies also signed #12 Jeff King, #15
Blake Warren, #16 Chris Pannell, #20 Danny McGrath, #22 Chris Clifton and #23
Tim Sandidge. James Anderson was listed as the Roanoke Times’ sleeper of the
year, thought he was not ranked in the Top 25. The Hokies also signed Reggie
Butter, a native of Charlottesville.

Overall, 11 of the 13 Virginians in the 2001 class went on to start at least
one game for the Hokies, and many of them developed into full-time starters.
That’s a very successful in-state recruiting class.

Out-of-state, the Hokies signed Kevin Jones, the #1 overall prospect in the
country. They also signed Myrtle Beach athlete Brandon Frye, who currently plays
for the Miami Dolphins. Jason Murphy, from Maryland, is also in the NFL.

  • QB (3): Bryan Randall, Chris Clifton, Will Hunt
  • RB (3): Kevin Jones, Justin Hamilton, Cedric Humes
  • FB (0)
  • WR (0)
  • TE (2): Jeff King, Andrew Fleck
  • OL (3): Curtis Bradley, Reggie Butler, Danny McGrath
  • DL (6): Brandon Frye, Kevin Hilton, Jason Murphy, Chris Pannell, Tim
    Sandidge, Jordan Trott
  • LB (2): James Anderson, Blake Warren
  • DB (2): DeAngelo Hall, D.J. Walton

There are a lot of recognizable name on that list, and some
not-so-recognizable.

The Offense

Virginia Tech obviously focused on quarterbacks and tailbacks in the 2001
recruiting class. Bryan Randall went on to set a number of Virginia Tech...