2010 Class: Grading the Positions

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Signing Day has come and gone, and now it’s time to dish out the grades. Managing Editor Chris Coleman and Recruiting Analyst Chris Horne grade Virginia Tech’s class by position. Tech did well, securing 21 prospects in a class that is rock solid from top to bottom.

QB – Mark Leal, Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL), 6-0, 190 pounds; Ricardo Young, H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.), 6-0, 176

Chris Coleman: I’m always an advocate of taking a quarterback a year. I don’t care if he’s a 2-star or a 5-star. I don’t care if he’s Ju-Ju Clayton or Tyrod Taylor. It’s always good to have depth at that position, and it’s important to have guys in the pipeline developing.

This year, Tech signed two quarterbacks. I like both Mark Leal and Ricardo Young. Leal is more polished, but he’ll have to learn how to work from under center. Young is athletic, but raw. They’ll both have the luxury of redshirting. I’m betting that at least one of these two guys will work out.

Grade: A

Chris Horne: At this time last year, there were questions as to who else Virginia Tech would have behind Tyrod Taylor and Ju-Ju Clayton. I don’t think anyone knew how promising Logan Thomas would look at quarterback, but before Thomas showed what he could do Virginia Tech had already scored commitments from Young and Leal, two of its top overall targets at the quarterback position.

Leal and Young fit the dual-threat mold, what Virginia Tech typically has at the quarterback position. They both have promise and both seem to have the desire and the drive to be successful. Leal and Young add quality depth for the 2010 season and bolster Tech’s future prospects at quarterback.

Grade: A.

WR – E.L. Smiling, Brooke Point (Stafford, VA), 6-3, 180

Chris Coleman: Smiling has good height and a good frame. The Hokies didn’t need to blow the doors off the building with their wide receiver recruiting this year. They’ve got some younger, talented guys in the program right now. However, Smiling looks like a good long-term project that could compete for playing time when the current group graduates.

Grade: B-

Chris Horne: Wide receiver was not a big need in this year’s class, but I think Smiling is a sleeper. He quietly turned in a terrific senior season on offense and defense and