With the weekend commitment of Eric Whitehead, I think the Hokies are likely finished with defensive tackle recruiting for 2015.
Of course, there are some big name guys the Hokies have been mentioned with such as Shy Tuttle, Tim Settle and Darvin Taylor II, but Tech is a long-shot with Tuttle, Settle has never been too interested and is a likely prep candidate anyway, while Taylor is in love with the defending National Champs.
Let’s take a closer look at this position from a couple of different perspectives. First, the numbers perspective.
Hokies are fine at DT when it comes to numbers
Corey Marshall (r-Sr.)
Wade Hansen (r-Sr., non-scholarship but can contribute)
Nigel Williams (r-Jr.)
Woody Baron (Jr.)
Anthony Mihota (So. or r-Fr.)
Steve Sobczak (So. or r-Fr.)
Kevin Bronson (So. or r-Fr.)
Ricky Walker (So. or r-Fr.)
Eric Whitehead (Fr.)
Harry Lewis (Fr.)
As you can see, there isn’t a pressing issue to take another defensive tackle in this class. Charley Wiles always gets good play out of his defensive tackles, even if the depth is somewhat thin.
If someone like Shy Tuttle, Tim Settle or Darvin Taylor II reversed his course and wanted to be a Hokie, then obviously those are prospects that would have a spot. That’s unlikely to happen though, so the commitments of Whitehead and Lewis were very important for this class. From a numbers perspective, Virginia Tech is in great shape at defensive tackle.
Now, what about the talent perspective?
DT’s at VT: Do stars matter?
Virginia Tech’s last defensive tackle drafted was Carlton Powell in 2008, and he was a 3-star recruit. Derrick Hopkins had a very small offer list. Luther Maddy was a 2-star recruit who nobody...
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