Grading the 2011 Recruiting Class: The Offense

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Chris Coleman and Chris Horne check in to give their grades on the 2011
recruiting class. Today we’ll start with the offense, and tomorrow we’ll move to
the defensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

Chris Horne: I’m going to give quarterback recruiting an “F”
for the obvious reason, the fact that there is no quarterback in the class. Now,
quarterback wasn’t a big need in this class with a talented young group
headlined by Logan Thomas already in place, but losing Lafonte Thourogood late
to Vanderbilt was a blow … and still kind of hard to believe, frankly.
Whiffing on quarterbacks this year isn’t going to break the position, but it
will put more pressure to land one in the next class.

Horne’s Grade: F

Chris Coleman: Virginia Tech targeted three quarterbacks this year:
Hampton’s David Watford, Lafonte Thourogood of Virginia Beach, and North
Carolina’s Marquise Williams. They struck out on all three, with Thourogood
pulling a shocking turnaround on Signing Day and inking with Vanderbilt.
Quarterback wasn’t a huge priority in this class, though I think it’s always a
good idea to take one every year. It’s the most important position in football.
The coaches obviously wanted one, but they were beaten out by Virginia, UNC and
… Vanderbilt. There’s only one grade you can give them for quarterback
recruiting.

Coleman’s Grade: F

Running Back

Chris Horne: We knew the possibility of Evans and/or Williams turning pro
existed. Unfortunately for the coaches, the worst case scenario occurred. I like
Michael Holmes as a player. I think he has the ability to contribute early
if needed, but in my opinion the ideal scenario would be to red-shirt the
Harrisonburg star. That still could happen, but Tech is only an injury or two
away from needing Holmes to step up early. The Hokies really needed another...