Virginia Tech picked up six verbals on the day of the spring game, and since then they’ve added Carlis Parker and Deon Newsome . With 11 total commitments, the coaching staff is still pursuing a limited number of players on both sides of the ball.
Tech loses 14 seniors off the 2012 team, and we’re also going to operate under the assumption that Logan Thomas declares for the NFL Draft. We currently project the Hokies to have 85 scholarship players this year, so that means they’ll have room to sign 15 players in 2012, right?
Wrong. Grayshirts Woody Baron, Jerome Wright and Thomas Smith will all enroll in January of 2013, and it appears they will count towards the numbers for the 2013 class. That takes the number of signable players down to 12. However, that assumes there will be no attrition (which of course there will be), and none of the 2013 recruits will grayshirt and count towards 2014 (I’d bet that several will).
As usual, Tech will sign more players than the early projections indicate. Let’s say that two players from 2013 grayshirt and count towards 2014, and then six players transfer or give up football in the offseason. Just like that, the Hokies can sign 20 players next February, which is about five more than originally projected.
So far, Tech has commitments from six players who are slotted on the offensive side of the ball, and they’d like to add a few more to that list.
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