Recruiting is Up and Down in College Football

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The bye week always affords us the opportunity to go in a different direction.  Instead of breaking down a different game, it’s time to take a look at certain parts of the program.  Today we’re going to talk about the ups and downs of recruiting.

Darren Evans vs. Michael Holmes as recruits, the natural wide receiver vs. the athlete, a comparison of offensive talent between Duke and Virginia Tech … yes, it’s debatable.  We’ll talk about those things, and more.   Actually, let’s start with that last part first.

Better Offensive Players … Duke or Virginia Tech?

Somebody brought up an interesting point to me over the weekend.  I had to go through a quick little exercise in my head, and now I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Who has better skilled position players and quarterbacks on offense right now … Virginia Tech or Duke?

Notice that I said players, not athletes.  We aren’t talking about running 40s or doing vertical jumps.  If that were the case, then Marcus Davis would be the best football player in Virginia Tech history.  But we’re talking about pure football IQ and natural football ability.

This is   basically a three player comparison: Logan Thomas vs. Sean Renfree, Marcus Davis vs. Conner Vernon, and Dyrell Roberts vs. Jamison Crowder.

It really gets down to consistency.  Renfree is more accurate, natural and reliable at this stage in his career.  Marcus Davis has nowhere near the natural receiving skills of Conner Vernon, the ACC’s all-time leading receiver.  Jamison Crowder is undersized, but I’ve watched that guy two weeks in a row, and there’s no question in my mind that he would (or should) start for Virginia Tech.

So … Duke has better players in the passing game than Virginia Tech.  There, I said it.  You are free to disagree, but I think there’s only so much a coach can teach a player.  The receiving traits possessed by Conner Vernon and Jamison Crowder are natural.  The instincts of Danny Coale and Jarrett