Joe Kendall, another writer for the school paper, The Collegiate Times, put together this wonderful piece that sums up how Virginia Tech fared in this year's Signing Day, which was held yesterday. Amongst those in the signings included Hampton High School standout wide receiver Todd Nolen, who should add another dimension in the passing game. A big chunk of the recruits included four-star defensive linemen, so it looks like the defensive front-four are in good shape for the years to come. That being said though, I don't think that the D-Line was as much of an immediate problem for our lineup that needed to be addressed, as compared to oh, I don't know ... Quarterback?
Hokies welcome 21 to the fold
February 2nd, 2006
by Joe Kendall, Sports Assistant
Signing Day has come and gone, and defensive coordinator Bud Foster ought to be grinning from ear to ear about his future defensive line. The Hokies wrapped up the year-long recruiting process yesterday, picking up 21 commitments from six states including five four-star prospects.
Jason Adjepong, John Graves and Ladi Ojiboye, all rated as four-star prospects by rivals.com, will be strapping up on the Hokies' D-line in coming years. Tech also picked up commitments from Darryl Robertson, the No. 1 defensive tackle in Virginia, and three-star defensive end Mike Gee (ranked four stars by some services), adding depth and skill to what is already a highly-touted front four.
On the other side of the ball, Aaron Brown, a 6-foot-7-inch-290-lb. offensive tackle ranked No. 7 in the nation for his position, signed a letter of intent and has already enrolled for the spring semester.
Wide receiver Todd Nolen will also be making the trip to Blacksburg next year. The four-star standout spent his last year prepping at Fork Union Military Academy after signing with the Hokies a year ago.
However, there were some concerns that Tech missed out on what was a deep talent pool this year in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the top players in-state were drawn away from the Hokies by schools like Penn State and the University of Florida.
"Normally we've been getting a lot of kids out of the state of Virginia," said head coach Frank Beamer in a teleconference yesterday afternoon. "It's just one of those years that quite a few went out of state. It's a disappointment, but I think the other side of it is that we were able to attract a lot of quality players outside of the state of Virginia."
Tech seemed to excel out of state, recruiting with great success in Ohio, Maryland, Georgia and North Carolina as well as opening up somewhat of a pipeline in New Jersey, as three residents of the Garden State inked letters of intent (Gee, Adjepong and Zach Luckett).
Tech's recruiting class is currently ranked No. 32 in the country by Rivals -- a ranking that checks in slightly lower than the past few seasons.
Beamer seemed less concerned with the rankings though, noting that the Hokies have always produced results regardless of recruiting rankings.
"I don't read into that too much," Beamer said. "Come back and check with me in two years and lets see where these guys are. Jimmy Williams was ranked 26th (at his position) coming out of high school, he's going to be a first-round draft pick (in April's NFL Draft). Will Montgomery, we thought he was our best offensive lineman, but he was ranked 43rd in the state, you can just go on and on. I'm not concerned, I went back through my notes today and I like this class."
However, Beamer will have to wait until summer practices to see how the newest Hokies fare in maroon and orange.