Virginia Tech is a program that will maintain success in 2012, but has a few areas in which it needs to improve to take the next step in 2013.
The Hokies have already made great progress on the recruiting trail, with a commitment from the third-ranked prospect in the entire country in defensive back Kendall Fuller.
Unfortunately, Tech hasn't done much to address a few other key needs that could hinder the team in 2012.
The Hokies need to address these three key areas as they continue to recruit.
Virginia Tech has constantly produced top-tier running backs. Having said that, the starting job remains up for grabs this year.
Freshmen Michael Holmes and J.C. Coleman will fight for the top job.
There are no guarantees for either of them, though. Therefore, Tech should be looking long and hard for an insurance policy on the recruiting trail.
As a team that usually relies on a strong running game, running back is among the most important positions on this roster. Adding an extra body or two would help them immensely and could produce the next star running back for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech will have two seniors at receiver this year, but neither of them were starting in 2011. If anything is going to hinder the development of quarterback Logan Thomas, it will be a mediocre receiving corps. Therefore, this position must be a priority.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the receiver position, every recruiting class should include a few receivers. With that being said, while the Hokies have scored commitments from a few athletes, they have yet to gain a commitment from a top-tier wide receiver.
Doing that would guarantee the Hokies an excellent recruiting class and would help Logan Thomas immensely if he decides to stay for his senior year.
Virginia Tech will feature four new starters along the offensive line this year, yet this group is full of juniors and seniors.
While that experience should be helpful in the short term, the Hokies need to start looking for the next wave of offensive linemen.
So far, Tech has only scored commitments from three offensive linemen, all of them 3-star recruits.
A few more offensive linemen would set this unit up for years to come, and would complete an already excellent class.