It’s no secret that Virginia Tech’s recruiting has slipped in recent seasons, particularly in the state of Virginia. The Hokies are routinely the bridesmaid for many of the state’s top 10 prospects, and it’s become so frustrating for many of our subscribers that I sense some of them are simply tuning recruiting out.
I can’t say that I blame them. I probably would do the same, were it not my job. I’ve always encouraged folks to not pay attention to individual recruits, but instead to focus on the trends. Of course, when the trends aren’t exactly going your way, that method of following recruiting doesn’t work either.
Here’s the number of top 10 in-state recruits the Hokies have signed in recent years…
Of those four, one has already left the program (Austin Clark) and the other has struggled with weight issues while blowing out his knee twice (Marshawn Williams).
Out-of-state recruiting has gotten better in that span, and thank goodness for that. We’d be in pretty bad shape otherwise. This article isn’t going to focus on out-of-state recruiting though. It’s going to use history as a guide to give us an idea of how long we may or may not have to wait to recruit the top prospects in Virginia on a consistent basis.
We know from the history of Virginia Tech football that your college career is not dependent on rankings. James Anderson, Carlton Powell, David Pugh, etc. This article doesn’t attempt to analyze sleepers. It’s simply a piece that tries to show how the Hokies have fared recruiting against top competition for in-state prospects over the years.
Frank Beamer always liked to say that the program turned around when Cornell Brown signed with the Hokies in 1993. He notes that after Brown signed, other top recruits around the state began to see that it was okay to sign with the Hokies. He’s right to a certain extent, but his comments shouldn’t be taken as literal as they seem.
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