National signing day is in the books, at least for this year, and the class of 2014 looks to be a good one for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Yes, there were some stinging losses—the Derrick Nnadi commitment to Florida State being the most prominent. The state of Virginia was loaded along the defensive line in 2014 and the Hokies failed to sign any of the top four defensive linemen.
Fortunately for Tech, 2015 is another big year for defensive linemen in the state. According to 247Sports (subscription required), three of the top four players in the state next year play along the defensive line.
The Hokies also lost another potential signee to FSU: Wide receiver Javon Harrison. Harrison had been a Hokie pledge since July of 2012, but on signing day decided to sign with the home-state Seminoles.
Thanks to the signing of Isaiah Ford, the Harrison loss doesn't sting as badly. Ford was one of four receivers the Hokies signed as position coach Aaron Moorehead made a concerted effort to recruit talented high school receivers to play that position at the next level instead of recruiting just athletes and moving them to receiver.
Willie Byrn, Demitri Knowles and Joshua Stanford—Tech's three top receivers in 2013—all return next season. Out of those three, Stanford is the most complete receiver. There will be an opportunity for at least one of these young freshmen to make an instant impact.
Here's a closer look at the future of Virginia Tech's wide receiving corps.
*All rankings courtesy of 247Sports.