Top 5 Recruits: Offense

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Virginia Tech signed nine offensive players last Wednesday, and they include
prospects for every position except quarterback. Today we’ll break down the top
five offensive recruits, and tomorrow we’ll do the same for the defense.

The Hokies lost one of their top offensive recruits on Signing Day.
Quarterback Lafonte Thourogood backed out of his verbal commitment and signed
with Vanderbilt. I wasn’t 100% convinced that he was a quarterback, but in
Tech’s system, he probably was. We also heard through the grapevine that the
Tech coaches considered Thourogood to be a very strong candidate for successor
to Logan Thomas.

At any rate, it’s never a bad idea to sign a quarterback every year, so his
loss is disappointing from that standpoint. Thourogood was also big enough to
play linebacker if quarterback didn’t work out. I had Thourgoood as the #2
offensive player in this class, so some reshuffling had to be done after he
signed with Vanderbilt.

These rankings are strictly my opinion, based on looking at highlight film,
and in some cases seeing the prospect in person at the Tech camps (Christian
Reeves and Chris Hall).

You can view highlight clips of Robert Lockhart, Christian Reeves
and Chris Hall by clicking on their names below.

#1 – WR Robert
, 6-2, 175, Boca Raton, FL

Other Offers: Nebraska, Kansas State

I believe Robert Lockhart is the top offensive player in this class. He chose
the Hokies the day before signing day over scholarship offers from Nebraska and
Kansas State, and he was an impressive pickup late in the process.

Lockhart has good size, and he does a lot of things naturally. He catches the
football with his hands, he has a smoothness to his stride, he makes diving
catches, and he is technically the most advanced wide receiver in the 2011
recruiting class.

One other thing I like about Lockhart is his physical style of play. He plays
safety for his team, and he is a big hitter. He also is very aggressive while
blocking in the running game, and should be a good fit for Virginia Tech’s

Lockhart got his major offers over the last month of the recruiting process.
I’m not sure what took schools so long to catch on, because he appears to be a
very good prospect.

#2 – WR/TE