A Look Back At Virginia Tech’s 2017 Recruiting Class

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Devon Hunter never lived up to the billing at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

All recruiting classes are hit or miss.  If you’ve followed recruiting long enough, you know that.  Also, star rankings aren’t necessarily a reflection of an individual’s ability to produce at the college level.  Today we’ll take a look at the 2017 class – Justin Fuente’s first class at Virginia Tech – to illustrate both of those points.

The 4-Star Recruits

I don’t put too much thought into star rankings for individual prospects these days, because I think they can be misleading and I would prefer a half-star system.  I wouldn’t even be opposed to a quarter-star system, though that might be a little bit too detailed for some.

But I used to take then pretty seriously, and I’d put thought into each recruit’s star ranking on TSL.  Generally speaking, I went with the Rivals/247/ESPN consensus, though sometimes if my own personal feeling was strong enough I would either add or take away a star.  The 2017 class contains one such recruit, and it was one that I got wrong.

Overall, the 2017 class contained six 4-star recruits, according to the TSL rankings.  Judging from the comments on the recruiting board over

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