“Athletes” At Virginia Tech: Is There A Bias Towards Offense Or Defense?

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Justin Fuente is slotting athletes on the defensive side of the ball. (Ivan Morozov)

Last week’s Friday Q&A question about “athletes” recruited to Virginia Tech over the years inspired me to do a little more research.  Has Tech’s coaching staff, either during the Frank Beamer era or during Justin Fuente’s tenure, had a habit of favoring one side of the ball or the other when deciding where to slot their recruited “athletes”?

I used the TSL recruiting database to go through all recruiting classes since 2004 up through 2018.  Keep in mind that just because a recruit might be listed as an “athlete” in our database doesn’t mean he is included in this article.  For example, Jovonn Quillen committed to Tech as an athlete, and Scot Loeffler told him that “anybody can come