This was originally going to be a two-part article that mostly focused on the 2016 class. However, as I was digging through the numbers this morning, I found that there was simply too much information that I wanted to present to include in just today’s article. At that point I decided to split it up between offense and defense. Then after running the numbers for the offense, I found that there was still a ton of information, and decided to split it up yet again.
Here’s how the rest of the series will break down…
Part 2 (Today): Overall offensive recruiting year by year since 2012, and overall recruiting by offensive position since 2012.
Part 3: A closer look at each offensive position, year by year since 2012.
Part 4: Overall defensive recruiting year by year since 2012, and overall recruiting by defensive position since 2012.
Part 5: A closer look at each defensive position, year by year since 2012.
I know that seems like a lot of stuff, but hey, that’s what the offseason is for, right?
All data in this series comes from Rivals.com. Each player is listed at the position that we believe he was originally recruited to play at Virginia Tech. For example, Wyatt Teller is a defensive lineman, while Travon McMillian is a defensive back. It’s true that McMillian got his first shot at quarterback, but it was originally believed that he would be a defensive back.
First, let’s break it down by position. Where have the Hokies recruited well since 2012, and where have they recruited not so well?
Virginia Tech has signed nine quarterbacks since 2012. Here are the numbers…
Average number of scholarship offers: 5.25
Total points: 25
Points per Player: 3.13
Dwayne Lawson was Tech’s top quarterback recruit in that span with 14 scholarship offers. Next was Joshua Jackson and Bucky Hodges with seven offers each.
Tech has signed 10 running backs since 2012, including five in the 2012 class. I’m not including Travon McMillian because he was originally expected to play defensive back after his shot at quarterback.
Average number of scholarship offers: 6.6
Total points: 31
Points per Player: 3.1
Shai McKenzie had 24 offers while Drew Harris had 14. However, points per player is driven down because three of those 10 backs were listed with no scholarship offers.