Star Power Headlines 2012 Class

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On paper, Virginia Tech signed one of their best classes in school history on Wednesday. Tech won some major recruiting battles, including two on Signing Day, and their most recent addition to the coaching staff proved his worth.

We’ll mention a number of recruits in this column. Remember, you can click on their name to view their recruiting profiles. Within their profiles, if you click on the “Video” tab, you can see highlight clips for most of the prospects. If you click the “Rankings” tab, you can find their ranking information for Rivals, Scout, and ESPN, as well a links to their profiles from each of those services.

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad … or, I Like Meat Loaf

The Hokies went into Signing Day with three major targets left on their board. They came away with two of them: Joel Caleb and Ken Ekanem . Korren Kirven signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide. While we would certainly have liked all three, there’s nothing wrong with closing with the two guys Tech did get.

Caleb and Ekanem are legit college prospects. Both are physically capable of helping out very early in their careers. Ekanem tore his ACL in the playoffs, and he expects to be ready by June. Whether or not he plays could come down to how that knee feels during the month of August. Caleb is a big receiver, and even if he doesn’t help the Hokies this year, he certainly will in 2013.

I’ve got no issue with Korren Kirven going to Alabama. Here are the facts of the matter: Alabama has won two of the last three National Championships, their 3-4 defense is always incredible, their defensive end position is especially a good fit for Kirven, their stadium seats 100,000+, and they get the incredible exposure that ESPN and CBS give the SEC. Alabama is never a bad choice for a football player. Good luck to Korren, and we’ll see him in the Georgia Dome in 2013, where hopefully we can make him second guess his decision a bit.

The signing of Ken Ekanem is a great story that reminds us all that Virginia Tech is a program to be proud of, for a number of reasons. Ekanem had a long list of schools, and the Hokies weren’t considered the favorite at the beginning of his recruitment. As time went by though, he