Virginia Tech Recruiting Notes

by JustinC on December 21, 2012 · 3 comments

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6 575476 Virginia Tech Recruiting NotesOn Thursday, the Hokies were able to flip ECU commit Jonathan McLaughlin and have him commit to the good guys.  With that commitment, the Hokies will now sign four offensive linemen in this 2013 class.  That is a crucial number for Tech, who could have as many as 17 offensive linemen on scholarship in 2013.  McLaughlin is a good recruit with potential, as I detailed in my article yesterday.  As for finalizing the 2013 class, the Hokies might not be done after all.  We'll detail some recent news below.

2013 Class

4* safety and recent UVA commit Malcolm Cook has scheduled an official visit to Virginia Tech on January 25th.  With Jim Reid being fired, Cook wasn't too keen on the move.  He said this in an interview with ESPN Insider:

"It doesn't really matter to me about other schools looking at me," he said, when asked whether this new attention was a consolation. "The reason I committed to Virginia was because of the defensive coordinator, Coach [Jim] Reid. So I was really hurt by Coach Reid not being there"

I don't think the Hokies have a great shot but any time you can swing a visit, it helps your chances.  I still think Cook ends up at UVA but visits can change recruits minds.  We'll see where we stand after Cook makes his way to campus.

Joining Cook that weekend in Blacksburg will be another UVA commit in defensive lineman Tyrell Chavis.  Chavis decommitted back at the beginning of this month and has scheduled his official visit to Virginia Tech as well.  This is another recruit who could easily flip if he enjoys his stay in Blacksburg but I still think there's a good chance he signs with UVA.  Also, there's no guarantee that the Hokies will make room for both prospects if they decide to switch allegiances. Although, I'm sure John Ballein and Shane Beamer know exactly how many more bodies they can fit in this 2013 class. 

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Both prospects will also visit UVA on January 18th before making their way to Virginia Tech the following weekend.

Lastly, the Hokies will also host FSU commitment Davin Bellamy on campus the weekend of the 25th as well.  Bellamy seems solid to Florida State, especially if you read through his Twitter timeline. But, you never know what these kids are truly thinking.  Bellamy will also likely visit FSU and Tennessee in January as well.  With such a good defensive line class upcoming in 2014, I'm not sweating this one too much.  Defensive end is not a pressing need right now but if you can swing a top 50 player in GA you definitely bring him up for a visit.  Anything can happen. 

2014 Recruits

According to his 247 sports profile, QB Mason Rudolph, out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has picked up offers from LSU and Virginia Tech.  Oddly enough, those are the only two shown on his profile.  Rudolph led his team to a state championship this season and has really blossomed into one of the top quarterback prospects on the east coast.  Even though QB is not a pressing need for 2014, it appears the Hokies will recruit Randolph heavily.  You can view his highlights here.The downside is that Rudolph is the son of a prolific UNC linebacker so the Hokies will have to overcome family ties to get him.  A lot of times, those ties are tough to overcome.

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Vhokie December 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I notice we all keep complaining about the lack of top talent recruits at the O-Line positions. I looked over the list of 2013 recruits and there are actually only forty 4 star recruits TOTAL, between guard and tackle. There is only one 5 star. (Dorian Johnson, of course)
Pffaf is actually the 14th rated tackle in the nation and Osterloh is 52nd…throw in McLaughlin and possibly Chung, and we have a pretty good class of OL’s coming in. Now we just need a good coach to coach em up!

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LJ December 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Yea maybe…I think earning Rival 4 starts as Offensive lineman is much more subjective than other rated positions. Gibson, Painter, Shuman, Acree and Benedict were all Rivals 4 stars but have been out played by other VT/OL recruits with less fanfair. With this year’s class Pfaff was the best player in HS, easily. Osterloh is just a LARGE kid. The biggest player in the state by all accounts…saw him play and he is a little slow of foot and should be stronger for a kid his size. Also saw McLaughlin play and he was beaten routinely by HS lineman in a game early in the season. Chung may be the best pure run blocker but has played the OL for only one year and needs to add 25 to 30 pounds…All in all it may be our best recruited OL in a few years but that does not say much for a team trying to get back in the top 20 Nationally

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justinc December 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I agree with that. In regards to Parker, he’s probably the least sound of our recruits so far, maybe minus Chung who’s played mostly tight end up until this season. Last time he visited VT, I think he measured in at 6’8″ and 290 lbs. If he can develop his game, he’s going to be a good one. But he has a long way to go. Still, with his size you have to take him and hope you can develop him in five years.

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