Class Of 2015 Strategy Session: Defense

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Johnson (pictured left) with VT DBs coach Torrian Gray
Johnson (pictured left), a cornerback out of HD Woodson (Washington, D.C.), with VT DBs coach Torrian Gray

This week’s first “Strategy Session” feature focused on offense. Now it’s time for defense, which is a big focus of the coaching staff in class of 2015 recruiting. Virginia Tech’s two current commitments – H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) product DuWayne Johnson and Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) prospect Mook Reynolds – project to play cornerback for the Hokies. Johnson is a sure-fire corner. Reynolds says the coaches have compared him to former Hokie Kyle Fuller, who was versatile enough to play several spots, even Whip linebacker. Mook may not be a Whip, but he says the staff has indicated he could play corner or safety.

Analyzing the current roster and including the two commitments, the Hokies project to have 80 players on scholarship in the 2015 season. Here is the breakdown (by position):

Quarterbacks – 4

Running Backs – 9

Wide Receivers – 10

Tight Ends – 7

Offensive Linemen – 11

Defensive Ends – 5

Defensive Tackles – 7 (Note: Number includes Wade Hansen and Vinny Mihota)

Linebackers – 9

Safeties – 5 (Note: This number includes Chuck Clark, who is working at corner this spring but ultimately will be a safety)

Cornerbacks – 8