Back in 2009, Chris Horne and I graded each position of Virginia Tech’s 2009 class. Today I’ll look back 4.5 years and figure out what I got right and what I got wrong.
As we all know, hindsight is 20-20. You can make predictions that sound 100% accurate at the time, but they turn out to be terrible picks a few years later. Let’s take it position by position and see how my projections of the 2009 recruiting class have turned out.
I gave Virginia Tech an F for quarterback recruiting in 2009. They missed out on their top three quarterback prospects: Bryn Renner (UNC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Kevin Newsome (Penn State — but I’m not sure VT had Newsome targeted as a QB). They pursued Logan Thomas as a tight end/H-back type, but they moved him to quarterback once he arrived on campus because they missed on Renner, Boyd and Newsome. Here’s what I wrote back in February of 2009:
“Let’s take a look back at all the quarterbacks of the Beamer Bowl Era. Maurice DeShazo, Jim Druckenmiller, Al Clark, Michael Vick, Grant Noel, Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick, Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor were all recruited to play the quarterback position. Quarterback is a specialty position. You can’t just plug guys in there and expect them to succeed. There is a chance that a guy like Logan Thomas can play the position, but do you want him to? Personally, I’d rather have Thomas at wide receiver, tight end or H-back, where he is a matchup problem for the defense, and I’d rather have a true quarterback like Bryn Renner throwing him the ball. Unfortunately, that might not be possible. Marcus...
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