Friday Q&A: January 31, 2014

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1) Has there been a downward trend in VT football recruiting, or did we just have two really bad classes in 2010 and 2011?

Chris Coleman: Most of Tech’s recruiting classes look about the same on paper.  Maybe one class might have a couple of more four-star players than another, or another might have more players overall, but on the whole, they all look about the same.

It’s human nature for people to get really excited about individual recruits, but from doing this job for the better part of a decade, I’ve gotten immune to it.  I was really excited about Zack McCray, Elan Lewis, Donaldven Manning, Jarontay Jones, Kris Harley, Aaron Brown, William Wall, Ike Whitaker, Andrew Bowman, Kent Hicks and some other guys.  They were all 4-star recruits, and the were all flops for various reasons.

I was a history major, and one thing I’ve learned from studying history is that you should study the past to make sure you don’t screw up again in the same way in the future.  Tech screwed up in the past by not recruiting enough offensive linemen, and by recruiting a bunch of wide receivers who had never actually played wide receiver.  Those mistakes really cost the 2012 and 2013 offenses, so the big question I’m asking is will the coaching staff make the same mistakes again?

Well, this is a different offensive coaching staff, and the answer appears to be “no.”  They are taking four offensive linemen this year, as opposed to the one or two they’ve taken in some past classes.  They’ve also recruited a large number of receivers who played the wide receiver position in high school.  I’m not counting Javon Harrison (my gut tells me he’s going to FSU), but I am counting Isaiah Ford and Isaiah McKenzie, because I think they are both going to sign with Virginia Tech.

Cam Phillips: Phillips is rated a 4-star receiver by Rivals and 247Sports, and a 3-star by ESPN.  He has offers from UNC, Penn State, Rutgers, WVU, Wisconsin and a few others.

Kendrick Holland: Holland is a 3-star receiver from Florida.  He has offers from Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee, WVU and a few others.

Isaiah Ford: Ford is a 4-star wide receiver by 247Sports and ESPN, and a