Grimes improving OL recruiting

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Colt Pettit made an interesting comment to Chris Horne yesterday.  He told Horne that he didn’t want to wait long to commit, because Virginia Tech told him they only had one more spot for players at his position.

What does that mean?  I’m not sure.  Does it mean the Hokies were only taking one more offensive lineman overall, and that they are now done recruiting up front?  Or does it mean that they are finished with interior offensive line recruiting, and will now only target true offensive tackles?  I think it’s the latter.

As we’ve discussed before, future depth on the offensive line is a huge question mark.  As of right now, here’s what Tech’s offensive line will look like in 2015:

Jake Goins (r-Sr.)
Augie Conte (r-Jr.)
Adam Taraschke (r-Jr.)
Jack Willenbrock (r-Jr.)
Jonathan McLaughlin (Jr.)
Parker Osterloh (r-So.)
Kyle Chung (r-So.)
Braxton Pfaff (r-Fr.)
Billy Ray Mitchell (r-Fr.)
Tyrell Smith (r-Fr.)
Eric Gallo (r-Fr.)
Colt Pettit (r-Fr.)

Also, class of 2015 signees will be true freshmen that year as well.  That depth is pretty unknown at this point.  Not one single player on that list has, up to this point, played a single down of college football.  This is where Virginia Tech’s 2011 struggles caught up with them.

In 2011, the Hokies only pursued six offensive linemen.  Jake Goins is the only one of those six who signed with Tech.  5-star Cyrus Kouandjio went to Alabama, 4-star Donovan Smith went to Penn State, 4-star prospects Kiaro Holts and Landon Turner went to UNC, and 3-star Mack Crowder stayed in-state to play for Tennessee.

Tech did a poor job of casting wider net for offensive linemen that year.  They didn’t need a huge class of highly-ranked players, but I’d