Virginia Tech and JUCO Recruiting

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We mentioned a couple of weeks back that if Virginia Tech were to choose to peruse the JUCO ranks for offensive linemen, this would be the year.  However, how successful have the Hokies been with Junior College players in the past?

I went back through the TSL recruiting database and found all of Tech’s JUCO recruits dating back to 1988.  From 1988 through 2003, the Hokies signed 18 JUCO players (by my count, apologies if I missed one or two), and they have not signed a single JUCO recruit since that 2003 class.

Let’s go back and look at how those JUCO players fared at Virginia Tech.

Skip Pavlik, OL, 1988: Pavlik was from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach.  He signed with UCLA out of high school, but after one season he transferred to Santa Monica Junior College.  He signed with the Hokies in 1988, and he lettered for two seasons.

Michael Sturdivant, WR, 1989: Sturdivant was going to Syracuse out of high school, but he didn’t qualify.  He eventually signed with Tech out of Dean Junior College.  He lettered twice for the Hokies, and caught 19 career passes.

Shawn Grayson, TE, 1990: Grayson lettered for two seasons as a special teams player, and  he also saw a little action as a backup tight end.

Kwamie Lassiter, S, 1991: Lassiter was originally from the 757, playing his high school ball at Menchville.  He played JUCO ball at Butler Community College in Kansas, and he signed with Tech in 1991.  Unfortunately he never arrived at Tech, and he ended up playing college football for the Kansas Jayhawks.  He went on to the NFL, where he recorded 25 career interceptions.

Chris Breheny, DT, 1992: Breheny was a Second Team JUCO All-American.  He lettered for two seasons at Tech, though mostly for his play on special teams.  He played a little bit of defensive tackle in backup role in 1992.

Jim Baron pressures Donovan McNabb in 1995.

Jim Baron, DT, 1993: Baron was an All-American at Triton Junior College.  He signed with the Hokies and became a very