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

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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, and all NFL Draft projections are from


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