2017 Virginia Tech Hokies Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Virginia Tech Hokies Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
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Virginia Tech Hokies Recruiting Class Overview
No offense to Frank Beamer, but now that the Justin Fuente era has had a little time to work, and now that it’s settled in, the recruiting class coming in blew up with the talent level being raised up higher than it’s been in years. All of a sudden, Virginia Tech is the hot program again in many ways, much like it was under Beamer in the early 2000s. It’s not just that Fuente was able to load up on Virginia talents – from S Devon Hunter, to DE TyJuan Garbutt, to LB Dylan Rivers – but he and the staffer were able to snag really good player and really good player. The linebackers coming in are terrific – Rayshard Ashby, Nathan Proctor and Rivers were great gets – while quarterbacks Hendon Hooker and A.J. Bush will get plenty of opportunities early on.
The Virginia Tech Hokies Class Is Heavy On …
Versatile, next-level athletes. The coaching staff is going to have to get creative after going for a slew of prospects who can run, and do a little of everything for a variety of spots. Start with Caleb Farley, a quarterback by trade, but with the athleticism and size to work as a dangerous receiver or even a top-shelf safety with a little time. Tahj Capehart has the wheels to be a fantastic corner or wideout, Dalton Keane is a big defensive end/tight end prospect, corner Bryce Watts could be a receiver is he shows some pop, and on and on when it comes to this class. That’s a good thing.
The Star of the Virginia Tech Hokies Class Is …
S Devon Hunter, 6-1, 205, Chesapeake, VA – Part of an incredible haul of talent, Hunter is the perfect combination of size and blazing speed to work at any safety spot, and move around where needed. A big hitter, he’s an intimidating force who can provide a big pop, and he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands. There’s a chance he can see time on offense, too. Go ahead and name the top program – Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, and on and on – and he could’ve been the key part of its defensive recruiting puzzle.
The Virginia Tech Hokies Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The passing game. The Hokies lost top targets Isaiah Ford and TE Bucky Hodges wasn’t a shocker, but losing QB Jerod Evans was a stunner for a team relying on him to carry things through a big of a rebuilding campaign. Ford led the team with 79 catches for close to 1,100 yards and seven scores, and Hodges caught 48 passes for 691 yards and seven touchdowns. Fourth-leading receiver Sam Rogers – a running back – is gone, too. Evans was a terrific playmaker, throwing for 3,552 yard and 29 touchdowns, with 846 rushing yards and 12 scores, on the way to a run to the ACC title game. He’ll be sorely missed.