Yesterday was a busy day on the blog, with plenty of information on a bunch of posts, so I don’t blame you if you missed a couple. So today’s post will serve to recap everything from yesterday, a one-stop-shop to revisit everything from National Signing Day.
I’ll start it out with a few links …
– First, my main story from signing day. The Hokies had their worst record in 20 years, but it didn’t affect their recruiting class, which ranked as one of their best in the last decade.
– Head coach Frank Beamer and recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring broke down the class at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a recap of that.
– I did profiles for each of the Hokies’ signees, then linked to them all from the same post. Here is that post.
– Noticeably absent from that list is running back Drew Harris, a 2012 signee who didn’t qualify and spent the fall semester prepping at Fork Union Military Academy. He didn’t send in a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday for what I’ve been told are still issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Per a source, the issue is between the Clearinghouse and Harris’ high school and the matter is out of Virginia Tech’s hands. We shall see what that means about Harris’ future with the school. He had planned on a May/June enrollment anyway. I assume that is still the target. (UPDATE: I spoke with Harris’ father, also named Drew, who said that it’s an NCAA paperwork issue that they’re hoping can be cleared up within the next week. He said his son’s intention is and always has been to sign with Virginia Tech.)
– Just a bizarre story surrounding Midlothian safety Holland Fisher‘s commitment. He did so at his home while serving a suspension from school. Here’s the story from Eric Kolenich of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
– Virginia Tech had 14 signees Wednesday. Four members of the 2013 class (three high school players, one prep player) had already enrolled. Three more players who delayed their 2012 enrollment – Woody Baron, Seth Dooley, Jerome Wright – are also in school (they count against the 2012 numbers, apparently). Harris did not sign. So that’s 21 players in the fold of the 22 Tech expected to have by Wednesday.
– The strengths of the class? It’s heavy in defensive backs, a unit where the Hokies needed a large group to replenish depth lost over the years. Four offensive linemen is a start to building up the ranks up front. Cornerback Kendall Fuller is the jewel of the class, followed by Fisher, defensive end Wyatt Teller and quarterback Bucky Hodges. Additionally, they have quarterback Carlis Parker, an intriguing prospect who Beamer dared to say had some Michael Vick-like skills.
– What was lacking? Tech didn’t have a lot of defensive linemen in the group, although Teller is a highly-ranked player and the Hokies had stocked up on defensive linemen last year. So this is probably more the ebb and flow of recruiting years. Deon Newsome and David Prince sound like they’ll start out at receiver, but there are no tall receivers in the class in the Marcus Davis/D.J. Coles mold.
– Virginia Tech put on a very well done live signing day show, with Bill Roth handling the hosting duties and assistant coaches joining to talk about specific recruits. You can watch it here. It’s two hours, but I plan to pick out some of the pertinent info about recruits to post on the blog over the next week.
– Here’s the Hokies’ class broken down a little bit more ….
- 247Sports: 14th nationally, 2nd ACC (Accidentally used composite rankings earlier. This one is higher.)
- Rivals: 22nd nationally, 3rd ACC
- ESPN: 19th nationally, 3rd ACC
- QB (2) –Hodges, Parker
- RB (1) — Reid
- WR (0) — None
- TE (0) — None
- OL (4) — Chung, McLaughlin, Osterloh, Pfaff
- DE (1) — Teller
- DT (0) — None
- LB (1) — Motuapuaka
- OLB (1) — Moss
- FS (3) — Clark, Fisher, Shegog
- DB (1) — Facyson
- CB (2) — Fuller, Jefferson
- ATH (2) — Newsome (likely WR), Prince (likely WR)
- Virginia (12) — Clark, Fisher, Hodges, Jefferson, Motuapuaka, Newsome, Osterloh, Pfaff, Prince, Reid, Shegog, Teller
- North Carolina (2) — Moss, Parker
- South Carolina (1) — McLaughlin
- Maryland (1) — Fuller
- Georgia (1) — Facyson
- Florida (1) — Chung
By ranking (Rivals)
- 5-star (1) — Fuller
- 4-star (3) — Fisher, Hodges, Teller
- 3-star (14) — Chung, Clark, Facyson, Jefferson, McLaughlin, Moss, Motuapuaka, Newsome, Osterloh, Parker, Pfaff, Prince, Reid, Shegog
- 247Sports (247) — Fuller (31st), Fisher (36th), Teller (110th), Hodges (114th), Reid (234th)
- Rivals (250) — Fuller (9th), Teller (59th), Fisher (83rd), Hodges (171st)
- ESPN (300) — Fuller (18th), Fisher (98th), Jefferson (229th), Pfaff (254th)