Quarterbacks, Linemen, Versatility and Chemistry Highlight 2010 Class

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Virginia Tech signed yet another good recruiting class yesterday. After a sixth straight 10-win season, it’s pretty safe to say that the Tech coaches know exactly what they are doing when it comes to evaluating and recruiting talent to Blacksburg.

There aren’t a lot of years where we can look at a class and say that Tech filled every single one of their needs, but this is such a year. The Hokies needed quarterbacks, linemen and linebackers, and they got plenty of them. They did so well up front that a guy like Kareem Martin, who chose UNC over Tech towards the end of the process, would have just been icing on the cake.

There are plenty of reasons why this is such a good class. Today we’ll go over a few of them.

Games are Won in the Trenches and at Quarterback

Teams that are good and physical in the trenches and have an effective signal caller will win more times than not. By signing two quarterbacks, four offensive linemen and five defensive linemen, the Hokes are showing a continued commitment to getting better up front and developing some quarterback depth.

From 2006 through 2008, offensive line talent and depth was at an all-time low in the Beamer Bowl Era. In 2009, quarterback depth was at an all-time low. Behind starter Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies had only r-freshman Ju-Ju Clayton, an inexperienced player whose only other 1-A offer was Army. Had Taylor gotten hurt, things would have gotten dicey for Tech. That’s what happened from 2006-08 on the offensive line when a player got hurt: the backup generally wasn’t ready.

Things started to go in the right direction up front in 2009. Backups Greg Nosal, Andrew Lanier and Michael Via all proved that they were ready to step in and play. The Hokies were a legitimate 8-deep on the offensive line this year. The offensive line haul in this year’s recruiting class goes a long way in further solidifying the depth up front.

From a talent standpoint, this group resembles all of the offensive line recruiting classes the Hokies have signed since Curt Newsome arrived in Blacksburg. There aren’t any guys in this class that will be asking