Friday Q&A: July 1, 2011

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Deon Clarke, offensive line recruiting and the option are topics for today’s
Friday Q&A. Clarke was a big pickup for the Hokies, but they’ve got
some work to do on the offensive line for the class of 2012.

Deon Clarke is a Great Pickup

Virginia Tech received one of their top verbal commitments of the 2012
recruiting class on Wednesday. Linebacker Deon Clarke is an excellent prospect
with a lot of long-term potential, and he is easily one of the top 10 prospects
in the state of Virginia this year.

The Hokies have 13 commitments right now, with 12 spots remaining if they
decide to sign 25 players this year. They would probably like to get another
tailback, 2-3 more receivers, 2-3 more offensive linemen, another defensive end,
2-3 defensive tackles and perhaps a couple of more linebackers. We’ll take a
look at the numbers later, but for now let’s talk a little about Deon Clarke.

Clarke reminds me a lot of Xavier Adibi, at the same stage. Clark is listed
at 6-2, 208 on Rivals.com, and when Xavier Adibi enrolled at Virginia Tech as a
true freshman he weighed in at 197. They are both light players who will need
time in the weight room before they are ready to contribute. However, like
Adibi, Clarke is a very athletic player who runs well and who likes to play in
the offensive backfield. Right now, he’s projected as a backer at the college
level.

1) Who are the VT staff’s remaining OL targets, and which do you think we’ll
land?

Tech’s top targets at all positions are pretty clear, and they are in good
standing with a lot of good prospects … with the exception of offensive
linemen. Tech doesn’t have a shot with D.J. Humphries, Nick Davidson or Vadal
Alexander. They are basically out of it with Avery Young as well. That leaves
just Issac Hayes on the board, an offensive guard from Minnesota.

The Hokies could get Hayes, though if Stanford offers he is Palo Alto bound.
In short, Tech could miss out on all of the targets listed above. Of course,
Tech is surely pursuing other prospects who just haven’t been mentioned yet.
They’d like to get an offensive tackle in this class as well, rather than all
offensive guards.

So let’s skip the offensive line for a second, and just pretend that the
Hokies get the following players from here on out: RB Drew Harris,

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