The State Of Virginia Tech Offensive Line Recruiting

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New Virginia Tech offensive line coach Joe Rudolph will sign a big class in 2023. (Jon Fleming)

Virginia Tech fans are excited about Joe Rudolph and his history of developing quality offensive linemen at Wisconsin. The Hokies already have four commitments from offensive linemen for the 2023 recruiting class, so I decided to take a look back at Wisconsin’s offensive line recruiting during Rudolph’s tenure.

This won’t be an analysis of star rankings. The Badgers had a history of producing good linemen long before Rudolph arrived, and as a result, they’ve been well-positioned to sign highly-touted offensive linemen. Instead, I want to talk about the pure number of players recruited at Wisconsin and what that might mean for the Hokies in the future.

The first thing you have to remember about Wisconsin football is that the program is very selective when it comes to recruiting.  Here are the number of scholarship offers it extended in each class from 2016 through 2020…

2016: 265
2017: 157
2018: 216
2019: 155
2020: 152
2021: 125
Average: 178.33