Settle and versatile DBs highlight defensive class

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Last year, Virginia Tech signed an entire starting offense. This year, they potentially signed an entire starting defense.

The Hokies signed 3-5 defensive tackles (depending on Yosua Nijman and Darius Fullwood), they signed 2-5 defensive ends (depending on Nijman, Fullwood and Tremaine Edmunds), they signed 1-2 linebackers (depending on Tremaine Edmunds) and they signed five defensive backs. There is a lot of versatility in the class.

Defensive line was the obvious focus, and though the Hokies struck out on a lot of their top defensive end targets, they also landed some quality prospects at end, and I trust Charley Wiles and Bud Foster to coach them up. The secondary was also a focus, as Tech (and most teams) play five defensive backs most of the time.

Tim Settle
Tim Settle

Hokies sign a full class of defensive linemen

Obviously guys like Josh Sweat, Jalen Dalton, Clelin Ferrell, Ricky DeBerry and Darrell Taylor will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. I thought Ferrell was a lock, but after his mom gave him permission to go away from home and he started being recruited by Dabo, the tide turned quickly. Taylor was considered a Tech lean, and don’t get me started on Josh Sweat and Jalen Dalton.

However, when you get past all that, you see there are clearly enough players in this class to form

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