Virginia Tech picked up a big commitment from 5-star cornerback Kendall Fuller on Sunday afternoon. As you well know, it’s not every day that the Hokies are able to gain a verbal from a 5-star type of player.
Fuller is the fifth 5-star recruit in Virginia Tech history. Well, at least as long as they’ve been doing star rankings. I can’t tell you anything about recruiting in the 70’s and 80’s, but I think it’s probably safe to say that 5-star recruits weren’t exactly beating down Tech’s door back then.
5-star recruits don’t always work out. All of Tech’s 5-star recruits have been major contributors to the program, though with a couple of them it’s really hard to understand how they were 5-star recruits, with the benefit of hindsight.
Kevin Jones: As the #1 recruit in America coming out of high school, Jones was the highest-rated recruit in Virginia Tech history. He made a lot of big plays for the Hokies, and he went on to become a first round draft pick in the NFL. Jones is still the #2 rusher in Virginia Tech history, despite playing just three years.
Marcus Vick: Vick was a very good college player when he wasn’t pressured. But on the whole, when you look back, he never lived up to his 5-star status. He was a talented guy, but he wasn’t 5-star talented.
Macho Harris: Harris was drafted in the fifth round, but he wasn’t fast enough to play corner in the NFL, so he was switched to safety. He was out of football after one season. Macho was a very good college player, but I don’t think he was quite 5-star good, looking back.
Tyrod Taylor: Taylor had an excellent career at Virginia Tech as a dual threat quarterback. His size prevented him from going further in the draft. The lack of a redshirt year hurt his development a bit....
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