It’s time to update our Top Prospects list based on the data collected last season and during spring practice.
In case you’ve forgotten, a player is eligible to make the Top Prospects lists if he is a true freshman or a r-freshman, or if he’s a true sophomore with fewer than 100 snaps on offense or defense (special teams doesn’t count).
GMSA Hokie will start us off…
Here we go again. This is the third year in a row that Chris has asked me to participate in the Top Prospects article and I have to admit that it’s a very good way to make the transition from the spring to the summer. Now that we have a few months of winter workouts and spring practice behind us, we can start looking at those guys who didn’t get to contribute last year but will play a large role on this year’s squad. It’s also a ton of fun to watch a bunch of film and talk to some experts about the crop of incoming freshmen and start to make some guesses about what we should expect from those guys too.
Last summer, I put this list together and I had Wyatt Teller, Bucky Hodges, Marshawn Williams and Holland Fisher in my top 4. Wyatt Teller is a guy (in hindsight) who probably should have been #1 on that list. He’s definitely the guy that I get the most excited about when I think of his potential and his impact to the team. Not only is Wyatt a very talented athlete but he is also the type of guy whose aggressive playing style rubs off on his teammates. Bucky Hodges is another guy who has the potential to go in the first 3 rounds of the NFL draft if he continues to develop and perform. Holland Fisher has been a big disappointment so far. I knew he wouldn’t see the field this year and I knew there was a better than average chance he would end up as a Whip or even a Backer, based on his instincts and film but what I didn’t know was that he would cut his weight from 210 lbs all the way down to 180 lbs. This is mind boggling to me for a guy that I was certain would be playing at around 225 one day.
The rest of my list included Ricky Walker, Carlis Parker, Shai McKenzie, Andrew Ford, Deon Newsome, and Brendan Motley. Not a great job by me. One year later, Carlis Parker has left the program and Deon Newsome still has a lot of work to do before he cracks the two deep and sees meaningful snaps...
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