As I mentioned earlier this week in my defensive target board article, I wanted to take a closer look at Virginia Tech’s backer recruiting in recent years and see if it has changed in comparison to earlier recruiting classes. My early takeaway from doing the research is yes, it certainly has changed, though the more I thought about it, I think it’s more to due with the fact that football players are being used in different ways at the high school level these days.
Football has not only changed at the pro and college levels, but at the high school levels as well. Teams are putting more wide receivers on the field, and linebackers have to be better in coverage than they used to be. Isolating a running back on a backer in the passing game on the short side of the field has also hurt the Hokies a bit recently, most notably in the Military Bowl against Cincinnati, but even Clemson’s Tavien Feaster vs. Tremaine Edmunds back in 2017.
This won’t be a particularly long article, as...
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