Strategy Session: A Look At Top Remaining Targets

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The “Strategy Session” is a big picture look at Virginia Tech football recruiting in the class of 2014.  I’ll breakdown the scholarship situation, provide a guesstimate on how many  scholarships the staff has left to use in the class, and look at the latest on some of Tech’s top remaining targets.


– Willie Byrn (WR), Derek DiNardo (LB), Charley Meyer (WR), Sam Rogers (FB), and Josh Trimble (OLB) have been awarded scholarships.

Byrn and DiNardo have one year of eligibility remaining after this season.  Trimble has two years remaining.  Meyer and Rogers each have three years of eligibility left after this season.

– Eight scholarship players left the program this summer.  Two more — OL Jake Goins (medical) and DL Corey Marshall (personal) — have uncertain futures.

– Virginia Tech boasts 18 verbal commitments in the class of 2014.  Also, class of 2013 recruits Holland Fisher (S/LB), Cequan Jefferson (CB), and DJ Reid (RB/ATH) are at Fork Union Military Academy beginning postgraduate work.  All three are hoping to make it to Blacksburg, either this January or next summer.  Of the three, FUMA postgrad head coach John Shuman was most confident about Fisher being able to enroll at Tech in January.  Jefferson, it seems, has the furthest to go.

– Athens Academy (Athens, GA) senior place-kicker Michael Santamaria is likely to gray-shirt, meaning he would sign with Tech in February of 2014 but delay enrollment until January of 2015.  If the latter development comes to fruition, the staff would have an additional scholarship spot available in the 2014 class.

– Depending on what happens with Goins and Marshall, Virginia Tech is projected to have 65-67 players on scholarship in the 2014 season.  Add in the 18 committed high school seniors and three postgrads and the projected scholarship number balloons to 86-88 (the total number of scholarship players allowed on a roster in a given season is 85).

Whether it’s players leaving the program or 5th-year seniors not invited back, further attrition will happen.