Slotting the Recruits: The 2010 Class

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As usual, Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class features a number of
versatile prospects. You can be sure than a handful of these guys will play more
than one position during their careers at Tech. Which players are capable of
changing positions, and what positions can they play? We’ll try to answer that
today.

We’ll go position by position, listing players at the position given them by
HokieSports.com on Signing Day.

Note that Nick Dew and Dominique Patterson are included in a special section.

Quarterback

The Hokies signed two quarterbacks this year, Mark
Leal
(6-0, 190) and Ricardo
Young
(6-0, 170). Leal is a pocket passer who has some running
ability, while Young is more of a raw athlete with a good arm who is playing the
quarterback position.

Both players have potential at quarterback on the college level. However,
probably only one of them is capable of playing another position. Young is a
more explosive athlete than Leal. If you want a comparison, picture a shorter,
slighter version of Ike Whitaker. If quarterback doesn’t work out for Young, he
could have the ability to move to wide receiver or defensive back.

As for Leal, it’s probably quarterback or bust. He doesn’t appear to have the
raw athleticism needed to play another position at Virginia Tech.

Both of these players will obviously begin at quarterback. Whether or not
Young ever moves to another position will be decided as the coming QB
competition shakes out.

Wide Receiver

E.L.
Smiling
(6-3, 180) is Virginia Tech’s only signee at wide
receiver. The coaching staff believes that he’s a fluid athlete who can have
success at Tech on offense or defense. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of
Signing Day were the comments from the staff that Smiling, relatively tall at
6-3, has good feet and good hips, and could potentially play defensive back at
some point during his career.

If he stays at wide receiver, he’ll have plenty of time to develop. He’ll get
to redshirt this year, and then sit

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