2010 Class: The Players

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Virginia Tech’s 21-person class (including Theron Norman) is ranked 22nd in the nation by Rivals.com and 35th in the nation by Scout.com. The class includes 12 prospects from TechSideline.com’s Postseason Top 30 list. Head coach Frank Beamer is proud of the group, telling Hokiesports.com, “These are the guys that we wanted. I feel great about it.”

Of his in-state success, Beamer said, “We continue to try to get our share of the best players from the state of Virginia. I’m still firmly convinced that if we get the best players in the state and keep them here at Virginia Tech that we’ll have a chance to play for the national championship.”

Let’s check out Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class by position, ending with a look at potential studs and sleepers.


Mark Leal

• 6-0, 190 pounds
• Atlantic High School (Delray Beach, FL)
• Rivals rank: 3 stars; #28 dual-threat quarterbacks
• Scout rank: 3 stars; #82 quarterbacks
• Primary Recruiter: Charley Wiles

Ricardo Young

• 6-0, 174 pounds
• H.D. Woodson High School (Washington, D.C.)
• Rivals rank: 3 stars; #21 dual-threat quarterbacks
• Scout rank: 3 stars; #49 quarterbacks
• Primary Recruiter: Kevin Sherman

Quarterback was a clear position of need heading into the 2010 recruiting class. Despite assurances Frank Beamer, who said last Signing Day that one or two of the “athlete” recruits Tech signed could play quarterback, Tech had missed on all of its top quarterback targets in the 2009 class. A year certainly changes things.

Virginia Tech rebounded, scoring two of its top prospects early on…on the same day, actually. Atlantic’s Mark Leal and H.D. Woodson’s Ricardo Young fit the mold of a typical Tech quarterback in that they each have that dual-threat capability. Young, who rushed for over 700 yards as a junior, is more of a running threat and Leal the more polished passer. The Atlantic star completed 60-percent of his passes as a senior, throwing for 2,219 yards with 24 touchdowns to only three interceptions. Young is an accomplished passer as well, throwing for 2,461 yards and 24 scores as a senior.

By landing two top quarterback targets, Tech’s quarterback situation is looking much better from this time last year. Add in that Logan Thomas, who last year at this time was thought to be in line to be a stud tight end, was highly impressive as a quarterback in practice,