2009 Defensive Class – Was I Right?

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Antone Exum , in the recruiting photo that earned him the nickname “The Big Sombrero”.

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.

Click here to see the 2009 recruiting class

Defensive Line

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.”

How did that turn out?  Rhodes never enrolled at Tech.  David Wang plays on the offensive line.  Duan Perez-Means plays tight end.  Tyrel Wilson has been a career backup, though a solid contributor.