2011 Recruiting Focus: Solid Class, but Fans (and Coaches?) Lament the Ones That Got Away Late

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All of the Letters of Intent are in, and Virginia Tech’s 2011 recruiting
class is complete. Every class has its own unique storylines. Unfortunately for
the 2011 class, things seem to center around the major targets the Hokies missed
out on, rather than the prospects that actually signed.

This article focuses on my basic thoughts on this class, and recruiting in
general. We’ll have closer, more detailed looks at the class coming up in future
articles.

Defensive Linemen and Defensive Backs Highlight a Very Good Class for Bud
Foster

I’ll admit right now that a lot of this article is going to focus on the
negative aspects of the 2011 recruiting year. But for now, let’s focus on the
positive. I’m a big, big fan of the players Virginia Tech signed on the
defensive side of the football.

Sure, they struck out with their major linebacker targets. Fortunately they
already have a number of young linebackers in the program with good potential.
Sure, they didn’t get the state’s top corner, Demetrius Nicholson. But they got
one out-of-state corner that I like even more, and a couple of other defensive
backs that I like a lot as well.

Up
front, defensive end Corey Marshall and defensive tackle Kris Harley are perfect
fits for the Tech system. They are also highly-rated recruits who chose Tech
over some major programs. Defensive end Matt Roth has a good highlight film, and
I like defensive end Wedley Estime a lot. Defensive back Ronny Vandyke is a
versatile defensive recruit, and

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