The 2018 Virginia Tech Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Virginia Tech Recruiting Class Overview
It’s a really, really big class that should help the defense rock over the next few years.
There are just enough versatile athletes who can work as a receiver or defensive back to boost up either spot, but the secondary is loaded as is with the bulk of the class. There’s a little but for the linebacking corps, but Alan Tisdale out of North Carolina might be the team’s best defensive get.
It would’ve been nice to to get a bit more for the defensive interior, but the ends are strong, with ready-made pass rushers who already have the body types to get rolling.
QB Quincy Patterson was the big get for the offense, but receivers Tre Turner and Darryle Simmons aren’t all that far behind in terms of upside and talent.
The offensive linemen in the class are fine, and the running backs are serviceable, but throw in tight end James Mitchell, and it’s all about the future of the Hokie passing game.
The Virginia Tech Class Is Heavy On …
For a school that’s become a factory for star defensive backs, it’s not that hard a sell to get the good ones to sign on.
6-3, 195-pound Jeremy Webb is for the right now. The JUCO transfer is a big corner with the size to move to safety – Florida, West Virginia and UCF were in the hunt for his services. DJ Crossen is a good-looking corner prospect for the other side, and Chamarri Conner – Clemson and Florida were in on him – should eventually find a starting spot at one safety spot.
The Star of the Virginia Tech Class Is …
QB Quincy Patterson, 6-4, 240
WR Tre Turner might turn out to be a bigger star faster, but when it’s Patterson’s time, look out.
The Chicago native has the smarts to get Princeton and Northwestern to make a push, and he’s got the dual threat talent to have the Big Ten types going after him.
He’s got the right size, the right arm, and the right make-up to be the leader of the Hokies in the near future, but he’s going to have to wait his turn behind Josh Jackson. Watch out for him to push for the No. 2 job, though, if he doesn’t redshirt.
The Virginia Tech Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Throw in the corner situation into the mix, too, with Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman gone, but with Tremaine Edmunds leaving early, and with Andrew Motuapuaka gone from the middle and Deon Newsome done, too, the linebacking corps needs more help.
The depth is a problem, too, but there’s not too much in this class to help the cause. However, again, the defensive backs are coming to boost up the secondary – or, at least, to provide options.