Thursday Thoughts: Recruiting

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No more football, no more basketball, and no more spring sports. Conference
expansion helped fill the void in the dead period for a couple of weeks, but
with that over, what do we talk about now? Time for some recruiting.

Ever since the recruiting calendar was pushed up to June, July and August,
the summer months have been a little more exciting around these parts. The
Hokies don’t have that many scholarships to give this year, so we might not have
the activity from a numbers standpoint, but as usual there will be plenty of
quality prospects to follow.

Before we talk about the heavy hitters remaining on Tech’s board, let’s talk
about the guys who have already committed. With the exception of current commits
Kris Harley and Christian Reeves, this article will focus mainly on in-state
recruits.

Three Commitments Get the Class Started

The Hokies have three commitments thus far for the 2011 recruiting class. The
first player to commit was South County safety Ronny
Vandyke
, who verballed back in late February. Despite the fact
that Vandyke missed the entire 2009 season with a shoulder injury, he was the
top safety on Tech’s board.

The second commitment came from Indianapolis defensive tackle Kris
Harley
, who had offers from USC, Oklahoma, Iowa and other major
programs. He was the top rated defensive tackle that the Hokies were pursuing.

Tech’s third commitment came on Tuesday night from Georgia tight end Christian
Reeves
. Reeves might not be as highly recruited as Vandyke or
Harley, but it’s pretty easy to be excited about his commitment.

The Hokies have limited scholarships this year, and have passed out greyshirt
offers to players like Jake
Goins
, Michael
Cole
and Chris
Hall
, guys from the state of Virginia who might get a regular
offer in a year when more scholarships were available. If the coaching staff
gave a regular scholarship offer to a Georgia recruit over three in-state
players, that means they really like Reeves.

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