2012: Hokies Build Depth on Defense

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Though they missed on Korren Kirven on Signing Day, the Hokies still loaded up on defensive line recruits in 2012.

Depth on the defensive line shouldn’t be a problem for Virginia Tech anytime soon, unless they run into a lot of injuries.  The Hokies already had a lot of young defensive linemen in the program, and they got even deeper with a good haul up front on Signing Day.

Defensive End

There are lots of possible defensive ends in this class, and things could shake out based upon need or how much certain players grow.  We know a couple of guys are definite defensive ends, but a couple of others are up in the air.

Ken Ekanem – Ekanem is definitely a defensive end.  He would be a good fit on the wide side (stud) or the short side (end).  He could have an opportunity for early playing time, depending on how his torn ACL heals.

Jarontay Jones – Jones is a very good defensive end prospect from SEC country.  He has a Nekos Brown/J.R. Collins type of build.  I think he’ll be a short side (end) defensive end for the Hokies.

Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams – Williams is a big guy (6-3, 270) who has the body of a defensive tackle, but I think he runs like a defensive end.  You don’t see too many guys like Williams in the state of Virginia.  There is a greater opportunity for early playing time at defensive end, and I think Williams will begin his career on the edge at end.  Whether he ever moves inside to defensive tackle remains to be seen, but I think he’s going to be a really good player for the Hokies no matter where he plays.

Seth Dooley – Dooley is an athletic guy who can run.  He’s only played football for two years, so he’s raw.  He could end up at tight