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After looking at the 2009 offensive class yesterday, today we’ll switch sides of the ball and look at Bud Foster’s defense.
Again, Chris Horne and I rated the 2009 defensive class by position immediately after Signing Day. The purpose of this article is to go back and see how I rated the class, and to see how right (or wrong, most likely) I was. The grades listed in this article are the grades that were assigned by in 2009 … they aren’t necessarily how I view things today.
I gave Virginia Tech a B+ for defensive line recruiting back in 2009. The Hokies signed six players who were listed as defensive linemen. Here’s what I wrote then:
“This looks like a very good group of defensive linemen. DeAntre Rhodes and J.R. Collins are ranked in the Top 10 in the state of Virginia, and in a normal year they could be fringe Top 5 prospects. Wang appears to have the mean streak to play defensive tackle for Charley Wiles, and you have to figure at least one of James Gayle , Duan Perez-Means and Tyrel Wilson will develop into a quality player.”
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