2013: Tech Must Focus on Linemen

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Virginia Tech signed a great recruiting class earlier this month, covering nearly all their needs.  Unfortunately there were a few misses on the offensive line, and today we’ll cover Tech’s offensive line recruiting for the 2012 class.

The Hokies signed three offensive linemen in 2012, and considering they signed 28 players overall, you’d really like there to be around five linemen in the class.  Things should be fine, as long as the Hokies don’t come up short numbers wise next February.

Who The Hokies Got

Of the three offensive linemen the Hokies signed, one is a true interior lineman, one is a true tackle, and one could play either inside or outside.

Adam Taraschke played mostly right tackle in high school, and his senior film was impressive.  He only held offers from Ohio and Virginia Tech, so he’s not the most highly-recruited guy, but he’s a solid prospect who could play guard or tackle at the next level.  Expect to see him start his career as an offensive tackle.

Augie Conte is a sleeper who was home schooled for much of his high school career.  After impressing on the camp circuit this summer, he earned offers first from Virginia Tech, and shortly thereafter from UVA (that seems to be becoming a bit of trend).  Despite his family connections to Virginia, Conte chose the Hokies.  He’ll be an offensive tackle in college.

Jack Willenbrock has good feet, and is destined for offensive guard in college.  However, there are concerns about his size and strength.  He is an aggressive player who does a good job staying low, but he’s going to have to add a lot of mass.  Virginia Tech was his only known scholarship offer.

There’s not a sure thing in that group of players.  Though if you consider Tech’s 4-star offensive line busts of the past, there is no sure thing in offensive line recruiting.  If two of those three guys works out, and the Hokies sign enough players in 2013, the numbers should work out.

Who The Hokies Didn’t Get

You’re about to read a list of the “Who’s Who of the College Football World”.

A offensive guard from Florida, Ty Darlington had offers from many of the major programs throughout college football. 

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