If you’ve subscribed to TSL for awhile, you know that we’ve discussed wide receiver recruiting quite a bit. Specifically, we’ve talked about recruiting high school quarterbacks and running backs and converting them to wide receivers at the college level.
The Hokies have had a number of wide receiver converts either not work out, or not develop to the full extent of their abilities. The ones who managed to contribute got off to slow starts in their careers. Here are the six specific guys that I was thinking of…
Marcus Davis: Davis was the best of all of Tech’s converts to wide receiver, catching 105 passes for his career. He was a great athlete and often made highlight reel catches for the Hokies. However, his lack of experience and the fact that he wasn’t a natural receiver was evident as well.
DJ Coles: Tech played Coles as a true freshman in 2009, but the former high school running back didn’t catch a single pass. He only caught three the next year as a sophomore. He eventually caught 36 as a junior, then 25 more as a senior after an injury and a redshirt year. It took Coles a full three years before he was able to contribute, and that was even with a year at prep school.
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