2014 Targets: Defense

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Virginia Tech has an opportunity to sign a very good defensive class in 2014, particularly along the defensive front. Unfortunately, with only 14 rising seniors on the roster, the Hokies won’t have an opportunity to sign as many players as they otherwise would.

Naturally there will be player attrition, plus there is always the possibility of January enrollment. Bryan Stinespring noted last night on Tech Talk Live that right now the Hokies will likely take 15-17 players in this class, though it doesn’t seem likely that Tech would sign just 15. There are simply too many good prospects this year.

Fortunately, the Hokies won’t need many defensive backs for the 2014 class. They have a number of young defensive backs in the program already, plus they signed many more this year. That will leave the coaches with a little more room to focus on defensive linemen and linebackers. Tech might struggle to find linebackers, but highly-touted defensive linemen are certainly not in short supply.

Defensive Ends

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

Virginia Tech already has a commitment from Vinny Mihota , who is a 4-star player according to Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. The Hokies are also targeting several other highly touted defensive end prospects.

Da’Shawn Hand
Kentavious Street
Andrew Williams

Thus far, Hand is the #1 overall prospect in America by every major recruiting service. He’s from Northern Virginia, and he lists a top five of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, in alphabetical order. The Hokies have been recruiting him the longest and the hardest, and he’s visited Tech more often than any other school. Academics are very important to Hand. I feel like this one will come down to Alabama, Michigan and Virginia Tech, if I had to guess.