The coaching staff is hard at work on the recruiting trail right now. Probably nobody is working harder than offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who is still trying to rebuild depth up front.
Since the 2014 class, Virginia Tech has put an emphasis on numbers for the offensive line, and they’ve also gone out-of-state for the majority of their OL recruits.
In 2014, the Hokies signed four offensive linemen:
Colt Pettit: Ohio
Eric Gallo: Pennsylvania
Billy Ray Mitchell: New Jersey
Tyrell Smith: New Jersey
There weren’t very many good offensive line prospects in Virginia that year. What few there were went to UVA (Steven Moss), Tennessee (Coleman Thomas) and Florida State (Alec Eberle). As a result, the Hokies didn’t have much of a choice but to go out-of-state.
I believe that move will work out. Eric Gallo is already in the starting lineup. Colt Pettit and Tyrell Smith have a lot of work to do, but from what I can tell the talent is there. Billy Ray Mitchell is still a young player and he’s got plenty of time to develop.
The 2015 offensive line class looked like this:
D’Andre Plantin: Georgia
Mike Arnold: Florida
Austin Clark: Virginia
Zachariah Hoyt: Virginia
Yosuah Nijman: New Jersey (prep school in VA)
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