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Every class has a commitment who outshines his star ranking and goes on to be an All-Conference performer. This 2013 class likely has one of those players. But, who will it be? For the first time in the modern recruiting era, the Hokies will ink a class without a two star according to 247sports. That points to solid evaluation from the Virginia Tech coaching staff.
Despite those rankings, there are several players who would fit the title of “sleeper.” What I looked for when composing this list were players who didn’t have extensive offer sheets but still appear to be solid players capable of developing into stars down the road. Without further adieu, here are three players to remember.
3.) OG Braxton Pfaff
Pfaff is on the list not because he’s a true sleeper but because I believe he’ll outplay his ranking of 89 (***) on 247Sports. Pfaff performed well in the Chesapeake Bowl last week and is currently out in California participating in the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game. The Lynchburg native has a fantastic senior season for Liberty Christian. Pfaff didn’t give up a single sack this year and LCA ran for over 2500 yards as well. Pfaff may need a year or two to bulk up but I think you’ll hear his name in the starting lineup by his sophomore season.
2.) S Anthony Shegog
The Hokies have struck out on safety prospects in the last few class so odds are, one of our safeties in this class breaks that trend. Shegog is an athletic kid with a bright future if he puts in the needed work. On film, it’s clear he’s the best player on the field. How successful he is at the collegiate level will ultimately be up to him. He does need to bulk up a bit but that will come in time. Overall, I like Shegog’s game and with adequate coaching, he could be very good.
1.) CB Cequan Jefferson
For me, there was very little doubt who was going to be number one on this list. Jefferson fits the mold of a true sleeper. He held only one offer when he committed to Tech. But, he showed up to the July 4th camp and shutdown just about every receiver there. The only recruit that beat him was Mike Jones, a recruit out of Baltimore who beat just about everybody that day. Jefferson has adequate size, measuring in at 5’11” and 170 pounds. After a year of adjusting to the game, I think he’ll be either a primary backup or in the starting lineup. I wouldn’t be shocked if he spurned a redshirt year this fall as well.
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