Hokies trying to close on a strong class

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Bye weeks help us take a pause and catch up on some things we’ve fallen behind on. Later this week we’re going to begin our basketball coverage (the season starts next week!), and today we’re going to bring you a look at the overall recruiting scene.

Obviously the Hokies got big news yesterday when 4-star offensive tackle Austin Clark flipped from South Carolina. They are hoping to make an even bigger splash as the month of November goes on. Let’s take a position-by-position look at the remainder of Tech’s board. After that, we’ll take a look at a couple of trends in 2015.


Commits: 0
Ideal class size: 1

Virginia Tech has apparently offered East Mississippi Junior College quarterback Chad Kelly. If that name sounds familiar, Kelly is the guy who was kicked off Clemson’s team after reportedly cussing out the coaches after being benched in the Spring Game.

Kelly has put up huge numbers since landing at East Mississippi. He is 235-of-362 (64.9%) for 3,138 yards, with 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for 376 yards and four touchdowns. Coming out of high school, Kelly was the #150 overall player and #4 dual threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com. He was originally a 2012 recruit, and he picked Clemson over Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State and others.

Kelly is an interesting character, especially with his checkered past at Clemson. In the past, I don’t think VT would have offered a guy like this until they brought him in on a visit to see how he interacts with the team. I’m fine with bringing him in as long as the Tech coaches are 100% sure they can control him. If they can’t control him, then a guy with his kind of past could lead to locker room chemistry issues.

At this point, Virginia Tech is Kelly’s only confirmed offer that is listed on any online recruiting database. South Carolina chose not to pursue him after a summer visit, as did Alabama. I can see him ending up somewhere in the SEC (Ole Miss will need a replacement for Bo Wallace), but if he doesn’t then I could see him taking a hard look at the Hokies.

Here’s his highlight film. Chad Kelly is clearly a big fan of himself. If