2011 Class Needs: Offense

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Currently, 81 players (out of a possible 85) are projected to be on scholarship for the 2011 season. The number will change, but the chances are good that Tech’s 2011 class will be a small one, even with the typical grey-shirt maneuvering the staff has used so well over the years. There is a long way to go until Signing Day 2011, but let’s take a look at what needs the Virginia Tech staff may look to fill in the incoming class. We start on offense, where there aren’t a lot of obvious needs.

Overall, the most pressing needs on offense will be tight end and running back. Landing one or two offensive lineman is ideal for each class as well. Quarterback and wide receiver aren’t huge needs right now, though I think the staff would like a prospect for each position.

2011 Roster Projection – 4 scholarships
– Ju-Ju Clayton, Junior
– Logan Thomas, Sophomore
– Mark Leal, R/S Freshman/Sophomore; Ricardo Young, R/S Freshman/Sophomore

Adding at least one quarterback in each class is ideal, but there is not the sense of urgency that there was this time last year. Virginia Tech signed two quality prospects in Mark Leal and Ricardo Young in 2010. With Logan Thomas showing well at the position, quality depth is already in place. I look for the Hokies to try and sign at least one prospect in this class, though, and there are several early targets to mention.

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) signal caller Lafonte Thourogood may be VT’s likeliest recruit. The cousin of current Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis, Thourogood doesn’t have a set favorite or favorites but has mentioned that Tech is high on his list right now. He’ll narrow his list to three schools by September and Tech stands a good chance right now of making the list. The Hokies made the final 10 for one of the nation’s top quarterbacks, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) signal caller Christian LeMay. LeMay plans to narrow his list to five by the end of May. Hagerty (Oviedo, FL) star Jeff Driskel has