2014: A Big Year for Defensive Linemen

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We’ve highlighted 2014 as an extremely important recruiting class for Virginia Tech, simply because of the talent available in the state of Virginia that year. There is no deeper position in the state in 2014 than defensive line.

The Virginia Tech program is built around good defensive play. That is the program philosophy and the goal each and every year. Having a defensive line that can penetrate and stop plays from developing – as well as make tackles for loss that put offenses behind the chains – is critical. The coaching staff is targeting a number of in-state recruits for 2014 who have the potential to anchor an outstanding defense at the collegiate level.

Tech already has a commitment from one in-state defensive end, and they are targeting five other major defensive line prospects from the state of Virginia.

Defensive End

Da’Shawn Hand (photo courtesy Mark Rodgers/Eddie Saltzman)

The Hokies already have a commitment from Vincent Mihota, who verballed to the Hokies on the day of the Spring Game. Mihota has very good size (6-4, 250) for a high school junior, and he has a lot of traits Tech looks for in defensive linemen. He’s very quick off the ball, and he has a non-stop motor. Mihota also plays lower than your typical high school defensive tackle, and he seems to understand how to use his hands to get free.

Mihota committed to Virginia Tech before he had a chance to compile a big offer list, but he’s the type of prospect who would have garnered 15-20 offers (at least) had he waited to make a commitment. With Mihota already in the bag, the Tech staff is off to a very strong start on the defensive line for 2014.

Jalyn Holmes , of Lake Taylor in Norfolk, could potentially play defensive end or tight end at the next level. It will depend on exactly how he develops over the next couple of years, and who he

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