Comparing Wide Receiver Recruiting Across Eras

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(Note: when we first ran this article, it did not include Phillip Patterson, because he was listed as an athlete in our database.  He has since been added and the numbers have been updated.)

Jacoby Pinckney’s commitment to Virginia Tech is just the latest in a long line of highly-touted wide receivers who want to play in Justin Fuente’s offense.  It seems that for every Devyn Ford the Hokies are losing, they are picking up two Pinckneys or Tre Turners. 

Without looking it up, we all know that Virginia Tech’s wide receiver recruiting has improved.  In terms of Power 5 offers, how much has it improved over the previous staff?  I did the research this week in anticipation of the Pinckney commitment, and as it turns out, this isn’t a pre-Fuente/post-Fuente deal.  We actually need to divide the last nine classes (including the 2019 class) up into three different three-year eras.

1: The Fuente Era.  This era encompasses Justin Fuente’s three full recruiting classes at Tech from 2017-19.  The 2019 class isn’t finished yet, but the Hokies are done with wide receiver recruiting.  It’s possible that there could be a decommit,