Lack of in-state talent and the VT offense: Part 1

Will and I have talked about writing this article for the last month, but we haven’t had a chance to because the Hokies never had a bye week.  Now that the bye week has finally arrived, the chance to address the talent issue on the offensive side of the ball is here.

Virginia Tech has a talent issue on offense.  I don’t think anyone will argue that.  There wasn’t much at receiver to replace Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, tight end depth has disappeared, Tech didn’t have a back recruited to step in for David Wilson, and there are personnel issues on the offensive line.

Why?  I think the Virginia Tech offense was considered a poor destination for recruits, and that old offensive staff did a poor job of not only developing a quality offense, but in bringing in recruits who could play (particularly up front).

However, there was also another issue that nobody talks about.  There has been a major lack of offensive talent in the state of Virginia recently.

2009 recruits would be r-seniors this year, or would already be out of the program.  Today we’ll start with a look at the in-state offensive recruits of that class, and in the next few days we’ll focus on the classes of 2010 and 2011 as well.  All recruit rankings are from TechSideline.com, and all NFL Draft projections are from NFLDraftScout.com.

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Offensive Recruits, 2009

#1 Logan Thomas, QB, VT – Thomas has had his ups and downs for the Hokies, but he’s an improved player in 2013 and he’ll be drafted in April.

#2 David Wilson, RB, VT – Wilson was an elite playmaker for Virginia Tech.  He was a first round pick of the New York Giants in the 2012 NFL Draft.

#3 Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – Boyd has had an All-American career at Clemson.  He is expected to be a first round pick in April.

#4 Morgan Moses, OT, UVA – Moses has had a good career at UVA, despite the team’s lack of success.  He is rated the #6 OT prospect in the 2014 Draft, and right now he’s expected to be taken in the third or fourth round.

#6 Kevin Newsome, QB, Penn State – Newsome never made it as a QB at Penn State.  He then transferred to Temple, where he also didn’t make it as a QB.  Temple tried to convert him to a running back, but that didn’t work out either.

#11 Bryn Renner, QB, UNC – Bryn Renner has had a very good career throwing the football at UNC.  He has been a starter since his r-freshman season.  He is ranked the #10 QB in the 2014 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

#12 Tim Smith, WR, UVA – Smith has had a mediocre career for a bad team.  He is the #65 WR prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.

#13 De’antwan Williams, RB, Rutgers – Williams transferred from Rutgers to Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

#14 Quintin Hunter, WR, UVA – Hunter played as a true freshman at UVA, where he caught one pass in nine games.  Then he transferred to JMU, where he has 37 career receptions.

#15 Logan Heastie, WR, WVU – Heastie was supposed to be a really good college receiver.  However, he had a poor work ethic and was basically given the boot by former WVU head coach Bill Stewart.  He never matriculated at any other school, though he was rumored to be interested in ODU at one point.

#18 Andrew Miller, OL, VT – Miller developed into a three-year starter for the Hokies.  Once rated as a top-ten center in the NFL Draft, his stock has plummeted, and he’s now listed as the #62 offensive guard prospect in the 2014 Draft.  The poor guy has had too many foot/ankle injuries.

#24 Shawne Alston, RB, WVU – Alstone was a solid #2 back at West Virginia, but nothing resembling a game breaker.

#25 Damien Thigpen, RB, UCLA – Thigpen barely plays at UCLA.  In his best season, he netted under 300 yards.  He has just one carry this season.

#28 Theron Norman, WR, VT – Norman played free safety at Tech, but never made it on the field.

#30 Ross Metheny, QB, UVA – Metheny was part of Mike London’s never-ending circle of quarterbacks.  He is now having an average career at South Alabama.

#33 Alex Owah, RB, ECU – Owah was kicked off the ECU team in 2011.

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