Top 5 Recruits: Defense

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Virginia Tech signed 11 defensive prospects last week. Despite the strikeout
at linebacker, the Hokies did very well on the defensive line and in the
secondary. Bud Foster has some new toys to play with, and a few of these guys
have the potential to play early.

In yesterday’s offensive article, you probably noticed that Tech didn’t go
head-to-head with the major programs for their offensive recruits. The majority
of those guys selected the Hokies over UVA, Marshall, Air Force, etc. That’s not
the case with the defensive class. Tech got a number of defensive linemen and
defensive backs who spurned some top programs to play for Bud Foster.

Besides the players who made my defensive top five (which you’ll read about
in a second), Michael Cole had an offer from Penn State, James Farrow picked
Tech over Miami, WVU, Arkansas and Michigan State, Ronny Vandyke chose the
Hokies over UVA, BC, Rutgers, WVU and some SEC schools who tried to come in at
the end, while Matt Roth had offers from Mississippi State, Purdue and South
Carolina, among others.

Tech’s defensive recruits were wanted, for the most part. This is a group of
players that everyone can be very excited about. There are a few guys who didn’t
make my top five who I really wanted to put on the list, but a three-way tie for
fifth place isn’t really fun.

Once again, you can click on a recruit’s name for a YouTube highlight clip,
if one is available.

#1 – CB Kyshoen
5-10, 175, Tannersville, PA

Other offers: Pitt, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin

Kyshoen Jarrett is my top defensive recruit in this class, and my top overall
recruit in the class. Jarrett was a big time cornerback, running back and
special teams performer in high school. I think he could even play running back
at the college level, but by far his best position is cornerback.

Jarrett has great feet, and he can tackle very well. He hits hard, and he
wraps up. Blessed with good natural instincts for the game, Jarrett is terrific
against the run, and any short passes to his