The 2022 Virginia Tech Recruiting Class: Offense

Devin Farrell, Virginia Tech
Devin Farrell is Virginia Tech’s quarterback in the 2022 class. (@Devvxn1)

Last week we took a deeper look at the 2022 Virginia Tech defensive class, and today we’ll switch sides of the ball and focus in on the offense.

The Hokies signed 10 offensive players in December, and there’s also the possibility that defensive linemen such as Braelin Moore and Gunner Givens could also end up on the offensive line. Tech signed at least one player for every position, and it’s possible that a couple of these guys could end up on the field this season.

There was also some Signing Day drama on offense, as Brent Pry and his staff flipped Brody Meadows from UVA and extended an offer to offensive lineman Hunter Mclain, who committed and signed on the spot. They also signed wide receiver Xayvion Bradshaw the day after Signing Day, and that could prove to be a big signing as soon as the 2022 season.

Let me give you my thoughts on each group, starting with the quarterback position.

Quarterback: Virginia Tech Signs Devin Farrell

Devin Farrell doesn’t get the hype that Alex Orji got, because he’s not 6-3, 225. However, he led his team to the 7A State Championship Game in Georgia, which is no small feat. His senior year numbers are impressive, and his career stats show a guy who was given more responsibility as he gained experience.

Farrell was allowed to throw more year-by-year, and as he attempted more passes his completion percentage improved, as well as his TD-to-INT ratio. That indicates growth as a player, which in turn indicates that he was well-coached in high school. Ben Reaves is the QB coach at Milton, and though I don’t know anything about him, he clearly did a good job with Farrell.

Farrell will probably remind Pry physically of former PSU quarterback Trace McSorley, who was listed at 6-0, 182 coming out of high school. Farrell is listed at 6-0, 192. McSorley had a great career in Happy Valley despite not being considered a traditional quarterback, and he was drafted. However, McSorley wasn’t an overnight success. He redshirted, and then only attempted 40 passes in six games as a redshirt freshman. He did not become the starting quarterback until he was a redshirt sophomore in 2016.

Point being, it would be unfair to expect fireworks from Farrell immediately. He needs to redshirt, develop, and not be thrown into the fire before he’s ready. As a similar point, it’s important that current true freshman Tahj Bullock not be thrown into the fire before he’s ready, either. Both guys were regular 3-star recruits. There’s plenty to like there from both guys, in my opinion, but it would be unfair to expect them to play at a high level in the early stages of their careers.

Tech is targeting graduate transfer quarterbacks for next season. Ideally Farrell should be able to redshirt and