Target Board Update: Defense

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Today we’ll look at the remaining defensive targets on Virginia Tech’s board. Though the Hokies lost a verbal commitment last night, they are increasing the number of their linebacker targets.

Courtland High School linebacker Victor Greene “decommitted” from the Hokies on Tuesday night. He had an interesting quote

“[Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud] Foster talked to [Courtland head coach JC] Hall on Monday,” Greene said. “My understanding is that Coach Foster said there was a chance some defensive offers would be pulled for more offensive scholarships.”

In other words, Foster was saying “Greene might want to start looking at some other schools, because his offer might not be there in a month.” The quote could also be a sign that a few defensive scholarships could be slotted for the offense from this point forward. That isn’t too surprising, considering Fuente has an offensive background.

At this stage, Greene’s only other scholarship offer is Coastal Carolina, though he’s also receiving interest from Towson, Liberty and Wake Forest. I believe the Hokies can upgrade between now and February.

Before we get to the linebackers, let’s start with the defensive line…

Defensive Ends

Commits: Jimmie Taylor
Targets: JaQuan Bailey

Jimmie Taylor is a good defensive end prospect from North Carolina. The Hokies lack depth at defensive end, and adding a second end to this class would be ideal.

JaQuan Bailey was recruited by Tech all summer, and he visited in July. However, he seemed to cool on the Hokies, and it appeared that he was content to stick with his commitment to Florida. However, a late push by Justin Fuente and his staff have convinced Bailey to visit Blacksburg. He’ll visit with his Raines High School teammate Rick Wells (and likely some others) in January.

Bailey would be a major addition to this class, if the Hokies can pull it off. He has offers from Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, and a few others.

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