With the 2014 recruiting cycle nearing its end, it’s important to take a look back at the Virginia Tech football program’s history of recruiting and consider what there is learn from the team’s best classes of the BCS era.
The Hokies have been remarkably consistent under the steady leadership of Frank Beamer, and there’s nowhere that demonstrates this more strongly than in the team’s recruiting history.
Tech hasn’t always signed the most highly regarded recruits, but Beamer has proven particularly adept at both identifying talented starters for his system and developing players into NFL talents.
In order to figure out exactly where each group ranks, each class from the past 15 years can be evaluated on the starters it produced, the success the group generated for the program and the NFL players it contained.
It may be easy in the doldrums of February to want to rank recruiting classes based on the number of 4-star and 5-star athletes they contain, but a careful examination of history like this shows how meaningless the distinctions often end up being.