Fewer True Freshmen Expected to Play in 2015

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The Second Summer Session starts this week, which means the vast majority of Virginia Tech’s 2015 recruiting class has now enrolled. Those players will get to take college classes before the fall semester begins, and they’ll get a month with Mike Gentry before practice starts in August.

Today’s article is simply my initial opinion of the status of each player, based on what I know about them from the recruiting process (plus spring practice, if they were enrolled that early). I’ll update these statuses throughout the month of August, once practice begins and we get a chance to observe open scrimmages.

I’ve decided to assign a certain status level to each recruit to determine how likely it is that they play as true freshmen: very likely, likely, possible, unlikely, and very unlikely. Right now, no true freshman has been eliminated from playing this year, though obviously some have much greater chances to play than others.

Here are my initial impressions of each player, based on the talent level and physical development of each freshman, and the challenges he faces based on the depth chart.

Note that Eric Whitehead, Adonis Williamson, Zachariah Hoyt and Tim Settle aren’t included. Whitehead and Williamson did not qualify and will head to junior college, while Settle still has to wait to find out whether or not he qualified. He’s much closer now than he was a year ago at this time, and I think there’s a chance he could make it in August. Hoyt will be a January 2016 enrollee (grayshirt).

As always, there could be 2-3 other guys who haven’t enrolled yet because their qualification status is up in the air. Jahque Alleyne‘s status was up in the air at one point, but I’m going to include him because I haven’t heard anything new.

Dwayne Lawson