Offensive recruiting takes a step forward

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The Hokies addressed their needs at every single position on the offensive side of the ball on Signing Day.  This is the most complete offensive class Tech has signed in quite some time.

Billy Ray Mitchell (l) and Tyrell Smith (r) are key to the future of Tech’s offensive line.


Recruiting quantity up front

Virginia Tech signed four true offensive linemen in the 2014 class.

OT Tyrell Smith
OG Billy Ray Mitchell
OG/C Colt Pettit
OG/C Eric Gallo

That’s a good step in the right direction in terms of numbers.  In the past, the Hokies at times have taken just one, two or even zero true offensive linemen in certain classes.  Instead, they believed that converting defensive tackles or tight ends could make up for the lack of true offensive line numbers.

Let’s check out the past numbers.  This list reflects only the true offensive linemen recruited in each class, with a few exceptions.  I’m going to give myself some leeway in more recent classes with guys like Greg Nosal.  For example, Nosal was listed as a tight end coming out of high school, but the Tech staff knew he would be an offensive lineman in college.  So, I’m going to count him as an offensive lineman (and Duane Brown, Sergio Render and Ed Wang … the Tech coaches had the offensive line in mind for those guys all along, regardless of how they were listed as recruits).

1994: 4
1995: 0
1996: 2...