Hokies Focusing on Quantity Up Front

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Vance Vice
Vance Vice

With yesterday’s commitment from Silas¬†Dzansi, it’s obvious that Justin Fuente and offensive line coach Vance Vice decided to focus on offensive line recruiting as soon as they set foot on campus.

I’ve thrown the numbers out there before, and I’ll do it again today. In 2011 and 2012, the Hokies signed a total of four offensive linemen combined between the two classes. That included Jack Willenbrock and Adam Taraschke, who nobody else wanted. Throw in Jake Goins, who never contributed, and Tech only signed one contributing offensive lineman (Augie Conte) over a two year span. That will kill offensive line depth in a hurry, and it did.

After 2012, the Hokies have done a better job of signing the correct numbers of offensive linemen.

2011: 1
2012: 3
2013: 4
2014: 4
2015: 3
2016: 5

Note: I didn’t include Wyatt Teller as an offensive lineman in the 2013 class, though it’s possible that Tech viewed him as an offensive player the whole time. Neverthless, they recruited him as a defensive lineman, so I didn’t include him.

In my opinion, you should never sign fewer than three offensive linemen in a given year. Ideally, a team should sign 4-5 linemen each year, assuming they can get the quality of player that they are looking for. Over a two-year stretch, a program should never sign fewer than eight offensive linemen. Tech has managed to avoid that in recent years.