The Hokies are getting that weird mojo they sometimes get on the college recruiting trail this year, landing four-star defensive tackle Kris Harley over heavy-hitting offers from Oklahoma, USC, and Nebraska.
Combine that with the quarterback vacancy in Blacksburg once Tyrod Taylor—a mobile quarterback who resembles Lemay in some ways—graduates after this year, and you might think the Hokies are in good shape.
But Lemay has stated that immediate playing time is not a concern, so that vacancy might even be a liability.
And in the one-of-these-teams-is-not-like-the-others game of recruiting, Virginia Tech seems to me to be the odd man out.
There's something too old-school, traditional, even stagnant about the Hokies' offense that could interfere with their attractiveness against these other schools. The Vick years are, at this point, a distant memory.
Meanwhile, Taylor's career has lacked the explosiveness and grandeur his predecessors enjoyed.
I'm not calling VT's offense ineffective. In fact, Blacksburg might be ideal for Lemay to get sound, stable coaching without the personnel turnover typical of an SEC school.
But one has to take the SEC's four-straight national championships into account here. Until that dominance is interrupted, expect top recruits like Lemay to look SEC first, all others second.