Virginia Tech’s Roster Attrition and How It Impacts Recruiting in the Future

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Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente instructs players during fall camp in August of 2019 (Ivan Morozov).

Writing about all these new Hokies has got me thinking about what the team might look like beyond the next couple of seasons and how Tech might recruit in the future. Chris Coleman’s got a great piece on how things might look in 2022 and I’m going to build off of that.

Justin Fuente has repeated an old truism of how, in ideal circumstances, any two consecutive recruiting classes would bring in a wide of enough variety of positions to create a rough two-deep roster for offense and defense. In the Hokies’ schemes, the starting point for this two-deep might look like this:

  • QB-2
  • RB-2
  • WR-6
  • TE-2
  • OT-4
  • OG-4
  • C-2
  • DE-4
  • DT-4
  • LB-4
  • CB-4
  • S-6

These assume a “base” 11 personnel for the offense and a base 4-2-5 for the defense. I waffled between 11 and 12 personnel; I went with 11 because of how the Hokies have stockpiled receivers.

For Justin Hamilton’s defense, he’s shown no sign of moving away from the 4-2, so it looks like it’s