Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sizing Up Virginia Tech's Recruiting Class For Football 2010

Signing day is an important step in building any respectable college football program. As national signing day comes to a close, I'm going to shed a little more light on Virginia Tech's 2010 recruiting class.

Top 3 Players To Watch:

Zack McCray, DE, Brookville. McCray, in my opinion, is the best player Virginia Tech locked up this year. He is a fast and strong defensive end and I could see him starting as a sophomore. At 6'5" he has the ability to be a good pass deflector and at 235 pounds he has the ability to be very fast off the edge. Most sites I have seen have McCray as either a 3-star or 4-star recruit, but I would place him in the 4-star range.

2: Brian Laiti, LB, Robinson. Laiti is a solid 3-star recruit, but what stands out to me is the resemblance that he has with Cody Grimm. Laiti was recruited by Bud Foster himself, so you have to think Bud saw something special in this kid. Laiti is a solid 6'3", 230 pounds so he has the size needed to play at the Division I level. With a little more work on the fundamentals, Laiti could be a big play maker like Grimm was this past season.

3: Nick Dew, S/OLB, First Colonial. Nick Dew is Virginia Tech's highest rated player according to most major recruiting websites. He is a 4-star recruit on most sites, but I have seen a couple 3-star ratings. Dew is an ESPN top 150 player and is ranked 201 in the country according to Dew has the potential to play strong safety or outside line backer, depending on how Foster sees fit. Dew lacks top end speed but has a very physical presence.

Possible Sleepers

Mark Leal, QB, Atlantic. Leal is small for a Division I quarterback at 6'0" and 190 pounds, but he has a lot of upside to him. Leal is a solid 3-star recruit and is the 28th ranked dual-threat quarterback according to Rivals. Leal is pretty fast for a quarterback and Virginia Tech could use him in the future as a good scrambling quarterback (Something Virginia Tech is known for). With some more work on mechanics, Leal could pan out to be a pretty good pick-up.

2: E.L. Smiling, WR, Brooke Point. Smiling is an overlooked player in this years draft class because wide receiver isn't a top priority for Virginia Tech right now. In spite of this, Smiling is a well built, well rounded receiver. At 6'3", Smiling has the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point, a skill very useful for receivers. Smiling isn't the fastest player on the field, but he could make a good possession receiver.

3: Jerome Lewis, TE, Bishop Kearney. Lewis is another overlooked player in this years class. Jerome is the 21st best tight end according to Rivals and is the 3rd best player in the state of New York. Lewis can be a good receiving tight end and has the possibility to be a good blocker if he puts on some more weight. Lewis should be a very good player in about two to three years.

Overall Grade: B

This isn't the best recruiting class that Virginia Tech has had, but it's not bad. Tech locked up three to four 4-star recruits depending on who you listen to and has quite a bit of 3-star talent. With some good coaching like Virginia Tech can provide, this should be a good group of players moving forward.

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