Virginia Tech Defensive Line Discussion: Not The First Time Hokies Have Lacked Depth

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Bud Foster and Charley Wiles need more depth and experience on the defensive line. (Jeffrey Gamza)

Today I want to talk a little bit about Virginia Tech’s defensive line recruiting, how the Hokies got to the current situation where they have so much youth and so little proven depth, how I think defensive line recruiting has changed, and perhaps a few other thoughts on the position.

I’ll warn you in advance that this article is going to focus mostly on defensive tackle recruiting.  I think that’s been a bigger issue than defensive end recruiting.  After all, it was just two recruiting classes ago that Virginia Tech signed 4-star defensive ends TyJuan Garbutt and Nathan Proctor over 15+ offers from other Power 5 programs, including Penn State, Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, etc.  Those guys were only redshirt freshmen in 2018.

So let’s start out with defensive tackle, and if I haven’t gone on for too long, then we’ll talk about the defensive ends as well.

This Has Happened Before

A blanket statement I’ve seen from some fans is that “Justin Fuente doesn’t prioritize defensive tackle recruiting.”  Or something like that. Just because Tech doesn’t