Friday Q&A: More discussion of 5-star recruits

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1) What would be more important/valuable to VT…a 5-star quarterback or a 5-star defensive end?

Chris Coleman: That’s a great question, particularly for this week.  When I look at the quarterbacks who have had great success at Virginia Tech, they’ve all been highly-touted guys…

Maurince DeShazo: One of the top recruits in VA, DeShazo would have been a 4-star recruit if they did star rankings back then.

Michael Vick: Vick was the #3 player in the state of Virginia, which equates to being an upper-level 4-star recruit these days.

Bryan Randall: Randall was the #1 player in the state, and a top 100 player by many recruiting services.

Marcus Vick: Vick was very good, with the exception of a couple of games against Miami and FSU.  He was a 5-star recruit.

Tyrod Taylor: Taylor was a 5-star guy, and the #1 dual threat quarterback in the country.

Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas: Though Thomas wasn’t considered a QB recruit, he was still a top 100 type of guy with the type of size and arm strength that you want in a quarterback.

Out of all of Tech’s top quarterbacks, only Jim Druckenmiller came to Blacksburg as an unheralded recruit that nobody had ever heard of.

When I look at what Bud Foster does with the defense, I think it’s more likely that he and Charley Wiles can take a 3-star defensive end and develop him into a force than a 3-star quarterback having success at Virginia Tech.  Guys like Darryl Tapp, Corey Moore and James Gayle come to mind.

That being said, this is a different offensive coaching staff now, so who really knows?  But, if I had to pick between a 5-star quarterback and a 5-star defensive end, I would pick the quarterback.

2) Why is Carlis Parker being written off as a quarterback already when he has had only one spring