Recruiting Targets Update: Tech’s Focus Narrows to a Select Few

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It’s no secret that Virginia Tech will sign a big recruiting class in
February. The Hokies already have verbals from 23 players, and they are still
recruiting several highly-touted prospects on both sides of the ball. Tech only
loses 14 scholarship seniors, so how exactly are they going to make the numbers

Earlier this week, Frank Beamer put Joey Phillips (r-Jr.), Martin Scales
(r-Jr.) and Corey Fuller (r-Jr.) on scholarship. When you throw those guys into
the mix, include Tech’s greyshirts from the 2011 class (Chris Hall and Dewayne
Alford), the 23 freshmen who will sign in February, and subtract Tech’s 14
graduating seniors, you get the number 93. That’s 93 scholarship players who are
scheduled to be on the team at the beginning of next season.

Virginia Tech is not done in this recruiting class. For the sake of argument,
let’s say the Hokies sign running back Drew Harris, wide receiver Joel Caleb,
wide receiver Chris Brown, defensive tackle Korren Kirven and defensive end Ken
Ekanem. There is a possibility of that happening. If that’s the case, then Tech
will be up to 98 scholarship players. Even if they only sign three of those
players, that’s 96 scholarship players.

You get the point. Even if Tech doesn’t get any of those final five guys,
they’ll be eight scholarships over the limit. But they’ll probably get at least
three more guys in this class, so it’s likely they’ll be 11 or more over the

A few guys from the 2012 class will be greyshirted and can count towards the
2013 class. That’s definitely going to happen. We just don’t know which players
that will be, at this point.

It also means we’re going to see some major attrition, so prepare yourselves
for that. If the Hokies want to bring