Virginia Tech Hokies' Signing Day in Review

Ryan McCartCorrespondent IIIFebruary 2, 2012

The Hokies had a pretty good signing day by Blacksburg’s standards. Two four-star recruits signed with Virginia Tech. The gem of this class is athlete Joel Caleb. However, they also signed linebacker Ken Ekanem to go along with the other three four-star recruits that had already signed on.

The 2012 class was the largest since 2008 with a total of 30 commits. Caleb was the only ESPNU 150-recruit for Virginia Tech, but this is a talented young group that can achieve a lot during their four years in Blacksburg. It appears that the only thing missing from this group is a five-star recruit.

There aren’t many five-star recruits in the pool, but the Hokies have been shut out since 2007. Ravens’ QB and Hokie-great Tyrod Taylor was the last five-star recruit to sign with Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer and his staff know what to do with the talent they have. The coaching is the reason that the Hokies are the most consistent team in the FBS—not the recruiting.

The only problem with this approach is that you need top-tier talent in order to win a national championship. A BCS title is the goal for Frank Beamer’s group every year, but talent is needed to fulfill that goal.

Shane Beamer did a great job recruiting during his first year with the Hokies. He is an excellent recruiter and appears to be well on his way to assembling a BCS contender. This is apparent in the fact that the 2012 recruits are a top-25 class according to ESPN.

The Hokies may not recruit as well as fellow ACC members Miami and Florida State, but it doesn’t seem to matter since Virginia Tech is the class of the conference. Talent is great, but if you don’t know what to do with it—then it doesn’t matter.

The Hokies know how to get everything out of every recruit, you can just imagine how good they could be if they ever signed the nation’s top talent.