The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Football Offseason Workouts

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Keve Aluma will be tough for Virginia Tech to replace. (Ivan Morozov)

1) Do you think Mike Young will hit the portal heavy this offseason to fill up the roster, or seek to grow high school recruits? – Ranger Sam

Chris Coleman: That will certainly be a conversation to be had with his assistants as soon as the season ends. As of right now, here’s how Virginia Tech’s roster will look heading into next season…

G Hunter Cattoor (Sr.): Can play on the wing or serve as a backup PG
G Nahiem Alleyne (Sr.): Can play on the wing
C John Ojiako (Sr.): Can play center
G Darius Maddox (Jr.): Can play on the wing, and perhaps at PG in an emergency
F David N’Guessan (Jr.): Can play power forward, with spot minutes at small forward
C Lynn Kidd (Jr.): Can play center
G Sean Padulla (So.): Can play PG, with limited minutes at SG
F Jaylen Haynes (So.): Can play PF with limited minutes at C
G Rodney Rice (Fr.): Can play on the wing and give minutes at PG
G MJ Collins (Fr.): Likely a 2-guard at Virginia Tech
C Patrick Wessler (Fr.): A true center

That’s 11 players, which means that even with no attrition Mike Young will be able to bring in two new players for next season. It appears that one of those players could be Woodrow Wilson (DC) forward Darren Buchanan, who is listed at 6-7, 225 by the recruiting services. I’m not sure if Buchanan is considered a small forward or a stretch-4 by Mike Young, but I’m guessing a stretch-4 who could also play small forward if needed.

Assuming Buchanan commits, that would leave one spot. Personally, I’d be looking to bring in a graduate transfer center. Tech’s current options at center in the post-Aluma era would look like this…

John Ojiako: Ojiako has made strides offensively, but apparently he still lags behind on defense.

Lynn Kidd: The Clemson transfer is more advanced than Ojiako offensively, but even further behind defensively.

Patrick Wessler: Wessler is a good prospect  (high 3-star, low 4-star), but he’ll only be a true freshman.

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If Mike Young chooses to not try and find a transfer at center, that means he’s confident that he can develop either Ojiako or Kidd enough defensively in the offseason that they will be serviceable players for the Hokies next year.

I figure if Tech did bring in a grad transfer center, an older player like John Ojiako might see the writing on the wall and choose to explore his options elsewhere. I don’t know that that would happen; it’s just my guess. If it did, that would open up another spot, in which case I’d probably be looking to bring in somebody who can share time in that power forward role with N’Guessan.

Of course, if any Hokies unexpectedly enter the transfer portal in the offseason, we could see things happen differently, but as of right now I think the center