Virginia Tech Football’s 2024 Class In The Half-Star System

Emmett Laws
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The 2024 recruiting class is complete, so it’s time for my annual half-star ratings article on the prospects Virginia Tech signed. As a reminder, I do half-stars because I think there are too many 4-star and 3-star recruits these days and it’s too hard to differentiate between most of them. Before we get into the rankings, let’s briefly revisit why I do half-star ratings and how I come to the conclusions. This article will have the same intro as the last two years, so bear with me.

For the 2024 recruiting class, the top 37 prospects are all rated as 5-star players in the 247Sports Composite rankings. That means the No. 38 player in the country is a 4-star recruit. There’s nothing wrong with that, in a vacuum. The problem is that the No. 469 recruit is also a 4-star player, and that’s where I have my issue with the star ranking system.

People see four stars next to both players’ names, but the No. 38 player is one spot away from being a 5-star while the No. 469 player is one spot away from being a 3-star. There’s a huge difference of opinion of each prospect in terms of how they are viewed, but it isn’t reflected in the star rankings, which is what everybody seems to look at first. Therefore, I believe the traditional star ranking system to be a bit antiquated, and thus I’ve started to do a half-star system on TSL.*

*Our database isn’t programmed to accept half-stars, so you can ignore the players’ rankings in their recruiting profiles and instead focus on this article for my true feelings on each prospect.

Alumnni Hall