Virginia Tech Signs Solid, but Slightly Incomplete Defensive Class

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Virginia Tech’s 2016 recruiting class featured nine defensive prospects. Today we’ll examine who the Hokies got, and what their needs were.

Defensive End

Jimmie Taylor IV: 9 Power 5 Offers

Virginia Tech would have liked to have landed JaQuan Bailey on Signing Day, but I’ve heard through the grapevine, from posters who attended last night’s recruiting functions around the state, that the staff aren’t particularly torn up about it. They signed three ends in 2015 to go along with Jimmie Taylor this year. That’s four ends in two years, which makes up a two deep. There’s also the possibility that Tremaine Edmunds could move to end, and Emmanuel Belmar could end up there as well (though Belmar will start at LB). It would have been nice to have Bailey, but it’s not a huge loss.

With Taylor’s commitment, here’s how Tech’s DE depth looks right now…

Ken Ekanem: r-Sr.
Seth Dooley: r-Jr.
Vinny Mihota: r-So.
Trevon Hill: r-Fr.
Houshun Gaines: r-Fr.
Darius Fullwood: r-Fr.
Jimmy Taylor IV: Fr.

If you potentially throw in Tremaine

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