Linemen and versatility highlight Virginia Tech’s 2015 class

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Tech’s 2015 football recruiting class is now complete.  The coaching staff primarily focused on the offensive and defensive lines.  As usual, signing versatile players was also a priority, especially in the defensive secondary.

The rankings comparisons

Let’s compare Virginia Tech’s national ranking and compare it to past years using the Rivals rankings.  I chose Rivals because their have a longer ranking history than 247Sports.

2015: #21
2014: #25
2013: #23
2012: #22
2011: #33
2010: #23
2009: #23
2008: #18
2007: #29

This is Tech’s highest-rated recruiting class since the 2008 group, though we’re splitting hairs.  In general, VT’s classes rank between #21 and #25, and in five of the nine years listed above they were anywhere from #21 and #23.  The Hokies have been as high as #18, and as low as #33.

What do rankings mean?  They can mean a lot or a little.  Tech’s 2010 class was ranked #23 in the country, though in hindsight that class was a total bust. (Editor’s note: We have written about that before, and Andy Bitter wrote about it yesterday – link warning: not for the faint of heart.)  At any rate, the Hokies have been very consistent in the recruiting rankings through the years.

Hokies competing against other Power 5 programs for recruits

I think it’s very important to go deeper than the recruiting rankings.  Rankings can fluctuate based on the size of the class.  For example, if the Hokies sign a slightly smaller class next year (let’s just say 18 guys for the sake of argument), they won’t have the chance to accumulate quite as many points as other schools, which will hurt them slightly in the final rankings.

While using the national rankings as a basis, I think it’s more important to focus on the individual recruits and their offer lists.  21 of Tech’s 22 new players were offered by at least one Power 5 conference program,