Defensive targets: End a priority

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The 2014 class was offense-heavy, so it’s reasonable to expect the 2015 class to be more focused on the defensive side of the ball.  That’s been the case so far, as all five of Tech’s commitments are expected to play defense in college.

Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013
Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013

Defensive End

Commitments: 0

Expected number: 3-4

After striking out at defensive end in the 2014 class, the Hokies desperately need to sign a big number of talented ends in 2015.

Josh Sweat: Arguably the nation’s #1 defensive end prospect, Sweat has visited only Virginia Tech during the recruiting process.  However, he will branch out a bit this summer when he takes visits to Tennessee and Georgia in June.  Things look good for Tech to land Sweat right now, but the process is far from over.  Every school in the country will be beating down his door.

Jalen Dalton: The North Carolina native has a huge offer list and is one of the top defensive ends in the country.  The Hokies will probably make his list when he narrows it down this summer, though most people believe his likely destination is UNC.

Clelin Ferrell: The Benedictine defensive end has a big offer list, and even more offers are expected to come in this summer.  The Hokies are sitting in a good position right now, though Ferrell is listening to out-of-state programs.

Houshun Gaines: Gaines is from North Carolina, and it was thought that he was going to commit to Virginia Tech soon.  However, he recently added