The Recruiting Elite, Part One: A Monopoly on Top 15 Classes

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Justin Fuente
Justin Fuente has improved Virginia Tech’s recruiting, but the Hokies have a long way to go to catch the elite recruiting schools. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

In last week’s Friday Q&A, I made the following comment: “Tech isn’t an elite recruiting school, and never will be.” I took some flak in the comments section of the article, which isn’t surprising, considering the passion of Hokie fans, and the fact that I didn’t back up my comment with any facts or numbers.

However, I did base that comment on numbers that I accumulated through research several months ago. I did the research intending to use it for an article or articles during the long, slow summer months that we are forced to endure. Considering the comments after Friday’s statement, I think it’s time for that article.

This article will cover recruiting from the 2008 class all the way through the 2017 class. That’s 10 classes, and multiple coaching staffs for every school. On the whole, it presents a large and accurate sample size of where each program stands in the recruiting hierarchy. I used the Rivals database for one simple reason: it existed all the way back in 2008, and 247

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