2013 Class Features a Little More Star Power

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Virginia Tech welcomed 18 new members into its football family today.  As usual, this year’s recruiting effort features strengths at certain positions, while the coaching staff probably wishes they had done a little better at some other spots.

You can slice, dice and analyze recruiting classes from every possible angle, and you’ll always come up with the same answer: we won’t know how good this group will be for another four years or thereabouts.  Virginia Tech’s 2013 class is no different.  I like the potential of the guys who signed on the dotted line, but the fact of the matter is that none of them have set foot on a college football field, they haven’t gone through college classes, and they’ve never lived away from home.  Things could go in any direction for this group.

Overall, this is a good, solid recruiting class.  I do think it has a little more star power than usual, with Kendall Fuller being a 5-star player, and guys like Wyatt Teller and Holland Fisher landing in the top 100 in some rankings.  Today’s article features a few overall thoughts on the class.  Tomorrow’s article will talk more in-depth about each player, and on Friday I’ll look ahead to the 2014 class.  Chris Horne will also be around with his own articles.

Star Rankings Comparison

Let’s compare this group with past classes when it comes to average star rankings.

2004: 3.125
2005: 3.08
2006: 2.83
2007: 3.00
2008: 3.00
2009: 3.00
2010: 3.33
2011: 3.05
2012: 3.18
2013: 3.278

From a star rankings perspective, 2013 is the second best class the Hokies have signed, behind only the 2010 class.  That’s awesome, right?  Well, let’s take a look at the highly touted recruits from 2010 and find out:

Nick Acree: Has never played a meaningful down
Nick Dew: Left school
Laurence Gibson: Has never played a meaningful down
Zack McCray: Not good enough to play DL, moved to TE
Mark Shuman: Has never played a meaningful down
Chase Williams: Has never played a meaningful down

Those were the 4-star signees in 2010.  They are heading into their r-junior seasons,