With the conclusion of the final recruiting weekend and National Signing Day on Feb. 4, the 2009 Orange Bowl champs have a fairly successful recruiting class so far. Barring any changes, the Hokies currently have 21 commitments and rank 24th nationally, according to rivals.com.
The Hokies have few holes to fill this coming year, with Victor "Macho" Harris as the only notable starter leaving for the NFL after exhausting his eligibility. Sean Glennon is also graduating, but he had been splitting time with Tyrod Taylor at QB the past two years.
According to rivals.com, the Hokies currently have four four-star commitments: Logan Thomas, TE; David Wilson, RB; D.J. Coles, WR; and Jerrodd Williams, DB.
Logan Thomas, who stands at 6'6" and 233 pounds, is listed as a TE, according to rivals.com, but some other places have him listed as an athlete. With Greg Boone as the starting TE, I'd have no complaints if Thomas plays TE as a freshman. Just to note, Thomas was a receiver in his sophomore year and had 900 receiving yards, and has played QB the last two years.
I do not expect David Wilson to have a ton of playing time as a freshman, since Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby will be the incumbents. Evans was a beast as a freshman and should be the feature back who will have close to 30 carries a game. Having said that, everyone is driving the hype train on Wilson, based on his incredible speed. ESPN loves the guy, calling him a "potential difference-maker." The running back position is deep for the Hokies.
D.J. Coles has a lot of potential, but he might have to take a detour through prep school first. At 6'4" and 200 pounds, people are in love with his physical stature as a receiver. Scouts are less impressed with his route running, and again, he might need a year at prep school before even being eligible to play.
Jerrodd Williams is ranked by ESPN as No. 31 among defensive back recruits. The positives on the kid are that he has good instincts, range, and ball skills. With Bud Foster coaching this kid, big things are in his future.
2/4/09 UPDATE @ 1:21pm ET: Virginia Tech have 2 unsigned verbal commits so far, D.J. Coles and Tony Gregory. The Hokies have 20 signed recruits, 2 of which are ranked in ESPNs Top 150 (David Wilson, RB & Logan Thomas, ATH).
For the rest of the list of Virginia Tech commitments, please click here.