Rivals released its final top-100 player list for the 2013 class Monday and did the same with its top 250 rankings today. Virginia Tech has four players on those lists — cornerback Kendall Fuller (9th), defensive end Wyatt Teller (59th), defensive back Holland Fisher (83rd) and quarterback Bucky Hodges (171st).
Since several blog commenters asked how that compares to past years, I thought I turned it into a blog post.
In terms of the Rivals 100, it’s the most the Hokies have had as far back as the website’s archives go, which is 2002. Prior to this year, the Hokies signed eight Rivals 100 players. Only twice — 2005 and 2009 — did they have more than one in a season (and in 2005, linebacker Deveon Simmons never made it to school).
After having no Rivals 100 players from 2010-11, Tech has had four in the last two classes, assuming all of this year’s recruits sign in February. Wide receiver Joel Caleb was the Hokies’ lone Rivals 100 player last year.
Here are the top 100 players Virginia Tech has recruited over the years, according to Rivals:
- 2013: CB Kendall Fuller (9th), DE Wyatt Teller (59th), DB Holland Fisher (83rd)
- 2012: WR Joel Caleb (84th)
- 2011: none
- 2010: none
- 2009: RB David Wilson (40th), TE Logan Thomas (71st)
- 2008: RB Ryan Williams (47th)
- 2007: QB Tyrod Taylor (27th)
- 2006: none
- 2005: ATH Victor Harris (28th), LB Deveon Simmons (93rd)
- 2004: none
- 2003: none
- 2002: QB Marcus Vick (8th)
Extending that list a little bit, let’s look at the Rivals 250 players Virginia Tech has recruited over the years.
This one is a little trickier. The Rivals 250, as it exists now with rankings all the way down the list, has only been around since 2008. In ’06 and ’07, Rivals ranked the top 100, then put out a 250 list without rankings for every player. So someone could be a Top 250 recruit with no specific number attached to him.
Regardless, you can see an uptick in the Hokies’ recruiting — at least in terms of pure ratings — in the last two years. Virginia Tech had six Rivals 250 recruits in 2012 and has four committed this year. The most prior to these last two years was four in 2008.
Also, Rivals has separate rankings for prep players from high school ones. So offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin and running back Drew Harris, the two highest-ranked prep players on the Hokies’ list this year, aren’t counted in these rankings.
- 2013: CB Kendall Fuller (9th), DE Wyatt Teller (59th), DB Holland Fisher (83rd), QB Bucky Hodges (171st)
- 2012: WR Joel Caleb (84th), RB J.C. Coleman (101st), CB Donaldven Manning (140th), LB Deon Clarke (162nd), DE Ken Ekanem (209th), RB Trey Edmunds (217th)
- 2011: DB Kyshoen Jarrett (175th)
- 2010: DE Zack McCray (125th), DB Nick Dew (201st)
- 2009: RB David Wilson (40th), TE Logan Thomas (71st), DB Jayron Hosley (139th)
- 2008: RB Ryan Williams (47th), OL Vinston Painter (126th), LB Bruce Taylor (224th), WR D.J. Coles (243rd)
- 2007: QB Tyrod Taylor (27th), OL Blake DeChristopher (N/A), DB Cris Hill (N/A)
- 2006: DE Jason Adjepong (Worilds) (N/A), OL Aaron Brown (N/A)