Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Virginia Tech Hokies recruiting class.
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It’s not Clemson’s class, and Florida State came up with solid haul, but Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech did just fine. It might have been a rough season on the field, but that didn’t matter a lick with a haul of talent that should rank somewhere in everyone’s top 25.
There aren’t the top shelf of top shelf stars, but there are more than enough above-average ACC talents to fill in the gaps sooner than later. Last year’s class was a bit stronger, but this one is right there.
The best talent is for the offensive line, starting with Doug Nester, an NFL-caliber guard who was off to Ohio State, and then flipped on National Signing Day to Virginia Tech. That one get all but made the class – he should be a fixture up front. Bryan Hudson is a good enough prospect to have Alabama and Florida interested.
With Josh Jackson and Hendon Hooker leaving, and with the history of starting young quarterbacks, did Virginia Tech get a guy who can be in the depth chart mix right away? Not really. Quincy Patterson is a better prospect from last year’s class, and Ryan Willis the starter, new recruit Knox Kadum is a mortal lock to redshirt and develop.
Next year, the Hokies have to go harder after linebackers. There were a few solid ones in last year’s class, but JUCO transfer Amare Barno is the lone linebacker get in this one. There isn’t a whole lot for the defensive end spots, either. But …
The defensive tackles are good. It was a need after a light load of them last year, and this group should be good to go out of the box. Joshua Fuga is a prep get who’ll need a little time, but JUCO transfers Jaden Cunningham and DaShawn Crawford are for this season. They need to provide an instant boost for the struggling run D.
Fuente stepped it up on National Signing Day. Nester was the headline guy, and Kadum helps, but closing down on Cunningham should make the biggest splash for this year. These three made a good class great.
It’s not a slight to say that this is a great overall class for Virginia Tech and what it does. 2018 was an aberration on the field. It was a bit of rebuilding year, and there were a few parts that went way wrong, way fast. The defense won’t be that bad again, and Fuente really is a terrific head coach. This class helps provide the bulk and the depth to help right away.