The 2013 Class: Quality over Quantity

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Virginia Tech signed a huge class in 2012.  Don’t expect big numbers in 2013.  The Hokies will focus on quality and positions of need, specifically quarterback and offensive line.

2013 Season Roster Breakdown

The total number of players projected on scholarship in the 2013 season now stands at 80.  Only 85 players are allowed on scholarship in a given season, meaning that if this number held, Virginia Tech would only be able to enroll five new players in the 2013 class.  That won’t be the case, but with such a low number of scholarships available to start, the 2013 class figures to be a small one for the Hokies.

To start off we’ll project the overall number of 2013 recruits signed to be 13-15.  This does not count gray-shirts that may sign in February but do not plan to enroll until the following January (in this case, they would enroll in January of 2014).

Position-wise, the currently scholarship breakdown for the 2013 season is as follows:

Quarterbacks – 3
Running Backs – 7
Wide Receivers – 9
Tight End – 5
Centers – 2
Offensive Guards – 6
Offensive Tackles – 5
Defensive Ends – 11
Defensive Tackles – 7
Linebackers – 10
Cornerbacks – 6
Safeties – 8
Place-kickers/Punters – 1

Quarterback and offensive line appear to be the biggest needs at this point in 2013 recruiting.  Let’s explore those positions and more as we try and project where the coaches may focus their efforts in this class.

Quarterback

As of now, the 2013 season roster at quarterback projects as follows:

Seniors: Logan Thomas
Juniors: Mark Leal
2012 Recruits: Brenden Motley

Landing one quarterback in the 2013 class is absolutely essential.  The staff would’ve taken another quarterback in 2012, but the end result was only one in Christiansburg’s Brenden Motley, who could end up playing another position before his time in Blacksburg is up.  Motley will need some time to develop, and with the lack of depth at the position it’s hard to imagine he’ll move positions in his first two seasons at least.

Landing one quarterback is essential.  Landing two would be more than ideal, especially with the possibility of Logan Thomas moving on to the NFL if he has a big-time

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