Countdown to Signing Day: 2010 Class Almost Full

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Signing Day: February 3rd, 2010

Recruit contact: FBS coaches can call high school seniors once a week
beginning in September. High school juniors can receive official offer letters
beginning in September.

Overall Outlook

According to the current projections, Virginia Tech is expected to have 69
scholarship players on its roster in the 2010 season. This includes three
quarterbacks, four running backs, 11 wide receivers, four tight ends, 10
offensive linemen, five defensive tackles, 11 defensive ends, nine linebackers,
three safeties, seven cornerbacks and two special teams performers (LS Collin
Carroll and PK Cody Journell).

Each FBS program is allowed to have 85 student-athletes on scholarship in a
given season, which technically would mean the staff could only add 16 freshmen
should the overall number stand at 69. This number, though, will change, meaning
there will be some attrition between now and next season.

Tech currently has 17 commitments from high school seniors, but I’ve
tentatively changed the total number of commits to 19. I’m including 2009 class
recruits Theron Norman, a free safety out of Hermitage (Richmond, VA),
and DeAntre Rhodes, a defensive tackle out of Varina, who both fell short
of qualifying. Both will attend prep school and are expected to enroll at Tech
in January of 2010, but because they have not yet qualified I’ve listed them as
2010 commitments. If they cannot qualify by January, they would have to enroll
next August (assuming they eventually qualified).

In total, Tech could have as many as seven players enroll in January of 2010.
Other 2009 recruits expected to enroll include tight end/linebacker Tyrell
Edwards
, offensive tackle Kory Gough and defensive end Duan
Perez-Means
. A shoulder injury suffered in the VHSCA all-star game prompted Perez-Means
to delay his enrollment until January. All three are set academically, and
barring anything unforeseen, will be in Blacksburg in January. Two recruits from
the 2010 class plan to graduate early and enroll at Tech in January. They are
Loudoun County (Leesburg, VA) linebacker/tight end Chase Williams and

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