Projected Position: Inside receiver
Rivals: 3-star, No. 20 player in Michigan
247: 3-star, No. 71 wide receiver, No. 17 player in Michigan
ESPN: 3-star, No.36 athlete, No. 11 player in Michigan
Scout: 3-star, No. 48 athlete
Other Power 5 Offers: 0
Size made most programs shy away from Michigan athlete Kalil Pimpleton, but Justin Fuente and his staff were not afraid to take the plunge. I’m not exactly sure how big Pimpleton is. His recruiting profile on HokieSports.com lists him at 5-foot-7 and 165-pounds, but he’s listed as 5-foot-8 and 153-pounds on the official HokieSports.com roster.
No matter what his official size is, Pimpleton is the perfect example of Virginia Tech recruiting for specific positions. In the past, we saw Virginia Tech recruit wide receivers and then expect them to play every wideout position, while learning a pretty big passing tree. Now it’s the opposite. Players aren’t asked to learn all positions, and I get the feel that the passing tree is less complicated. It’s a good time to play wide receiver at Virginia Tech.
Justin Fuente and Brad Cornelsen like to get their wide receivers involved in the running game.
2016 WR Rushing Stats
Cam Phillips: 30 carries, 147 yards, 4.7 ypc
CJ Carroll: nine carries, 50 yards, 5.1 ypc
Bucky Hodges: nine carries, 47 yards, 4.7 ypc
Isaiah Ford: six carries, 44 yards, 5.5 ypc
Sean Daniel: one carry, 10 yards, 10 ypc
Henri Murphy: one carry, 3 yards, 3 ypc
Total: 56 carries, 301 yards, 5.4 ypc
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