Virginia Tech Trying To Close On Loaded Defensive Class

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Since 2012, the Hokies have signed five players with 20 or more Power 5 scholarship offers. That’s four players over the course of five recruiting classes. In other words, that’s very little “elite” talent coming into the program.

In February, the Hokies will have a chance to sign three such players in one class. I’ve highlighted the three players Tech is actively recruiting, and you can compare them to the other 20+ offer guys since 2012.

Tim Settle: 34
Ameer Speed: 26
Devon Hunter: 25
Latavious Brini: 25

Isaiah Ford: 25
Shai McKenzie: 24
Kendall Fuller: 21
Khalil Ladler: 20

Kendall Fuller was a great player. Tim Settle will be a great player. Isaiah Ford is the school’s all-time leading receiver. Guys who have 20+ Power 5 offers nearly always work out for the Hokies. In the case of Shai McKenzie, the talent was always there, but two ACL surgeries in two years will derail a career in a heartbeat.

That’s no guarantee that guys like Speed, Hunter and Brini will be dominant players at the college level if they choose the Hokies. But I like those odds. College coaches know what they’re doing, and if nearly every school in your region has offered you, then it means you have the physical talent to be a very good college player. You still must work hard and possess the intangibles and intelligence, but the physical traits are almost always there.

In 2015, I wrote a couple of articles analyzing Power 5 scholarship offers. Here’s part