Let’s move on to the big boys who signed with Virginia Tech. There are two things I’m not going to spend much time talking about: pad level and pass protection. For pad level, a lineman just needs to be low enough to hit the other guy’s pads—any lower, and he creates a situation where he’s trying to block a defender’s stomach, which is a narrower, slipperier target than rigid shoulder pads. Everyone on defense plays high in high school, so by default so do their blockers.
There isn’t much great pass protection, either, mainly because it’s not needed at most high schools. Not that recruits ever show good protection in their highlights—knocking guys on their butts in the run game is what Hudl is all about. That said, it looks like the Hokies have some promising candidates, and in the crapshoot of line recruiting, I’m pretty sure most of them will pan out.
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