TSL Roundtable: The 2015 Class

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Our roundtable group answered a simple question this week: what do you think of the 2015 recruiting class?

Upwind of uva: I don’t follow recruiting nearly as closely as I once did, so for much of this article I’m relying on TSL as my source. I think this class is about what you can expect from VT at this point in time. There are players to be excited about, there were losses that hurt, and overall it will be a good class if everyone makes it to Blacksburg in 2015. I’m not going to review all the highlights and individuals because TSL and Andy Bitter do a great job at that, but I will jot down some thoughts about what I like and don’t like about the class as a whole.

Like: Getting a very good QB a year after getting two good prospects. Lefty’s reputation overcomes the “we’ll get a legit starter once every 4 years” mentality that preceded him.9

Dislike: Gaps in the class. Defensive end of course saw the most high-profile misses (especially given the in state talent this year). Considering we landed five guys who could play DE we may be fine at that spot, but there are questions about the most suitable position for several of those guys, and adding Trevon Hill’s situation… it could be a challenge for having adequate depth in both 2015 and 2016. Add to it that wide receiver came up snake eyes despite losing Byrn and having almost no depth behind the starters. Fox may be that guy, but not likely in 2015.

Like: Assuming Settle qualifies, defensive tackle has enough depth to keep us strong up the middle for years. We’ve had two (or really, three) consecutive very good classes at the position, and traditionally tackle is the hardest position to recruit. The coaches have done a phenomenal job at this position.

Dislike: Recruiting the top 10 players in state. Maybe Zohn Burden can help here, but losing the guys we’re losing, and in some cases who we’re losing them to? When a program that is built on in state recruiting like Tech is missing out on the top 10 is a significant and real problem. Going 0-fer in Richmond, when there were several good prospects? Losing the state’s top DB to… Penn State? Clelin Ferrell to Clemson makes me weep.

Like: Recruiting states not named Virginia. Picking up four guys from Florida is huge, and the fact that one of them looks to be a signal-caller with high upside is icing on the cake. Three guys from North Carolina, who hopefully

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