Today we’ll take a closer look at Tech’s defensive recruiting since 2012 by looking at Power 5 scholarship offers of defensive players who signed with the Hokies. What positions have fared the best on paper, and where has Tech struggled to recruit? Also, exactly how much did defensive recruiting drop off for the 2016 class after the talk of Frank Beamer’s impending retirement could not be avoided? The numbers indicate that they dropped quite a bit.
All scholarship 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 tackle, 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.
The points system used today comes from this November article on TSL.
First, let’s break it down by position. Where have the Hokies recruited well since 2012, and where have they recruited not so well?
|Position||Average Number of Offers||Total Points||Points per Player|