I’ll be going through the Hokies’ signing class once again in the next week, picking out more information from Virginia Tech’s videocast on National Signing Day to break things down a little bit more by positions.
But to start today — and keeping on the recruiting front — here are two brief items of note from the weekend …
First, Rivals, via Sports Illustrated, ranked the top 2013 signing classes by position. Virginia Tech’s defensive backs ranked fifth nationally, behind USC, Florida, Ohio State and LSU.
The recruits the outlet lists are Charles Clark, Brandon Facyson, Holland Fisher, Kendall Fuller and Anthony Shegog, although Cequan Jefferson, a sleeper by most recruiting services, has a good chance of starting out at cornerback too. Deon Newsome is a two-way player who could end up on defense as well.
Here’s what Rivals wrote:
The skinny: Fuller is the best of the bunch here. He was the top-rated cornerback in the class until [Vernon] Hargreaves was simply outstanding at the Under Armour Game. Fuller is excellent in coverage and is a lockdown corner who could see immediate playing time in Blacksburg. Fisher is a superb athlete and a hard hitter. The three others round out a nice class.
Any DB group with Fuller in it was probably going to be one of the better ones in the country. The fact that the Hokies had another top-100 signee (Fisher) and depth to go with it makes for a pretty good class of defensive backs. Tech certainly needs to replenish its ranks in the defensive backfield too.
Secondly, 247Sports released its Class of 2014 All-America Team. This is different from its recruiting rankings. This team was selected on performance last year.
Several Virginia Tech targets of varying degrees are on the list, including, on the first team:
- OL Damian Prince, District Heights, Md. (Bishop McNamara)
- DE Da’Shawn Hand, Woodbridge (Woodbridge)
- DT Andrew Brown, Chesapeake (Oscar Smith)
- S Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Bayside)
And on the second team:
- QB David Cornwell, Norman Okla. (North)
- RB Elijah Hood, Charlotte, N.C. (Catholic)
- DE Jalyn Holmes, Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor)
- DT Derrick Nnadi, Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)
- ATH Derrell Scott, Havelock, N.C. (Havelock)
- CB Jalen Tabor, Washington, D.C. (Friendship Academy)
As you can see, this is a banner year for top-shelf Virginia talent. Keeping the local players at home will be crucial for the Hokies this year.