Chris Durkin Gives Hokies Additional Options at Quarterback

by JustinC on December 18, 2013 · 8 comments

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20131003_SATW_DURKIN_1381272260447_3417128_ver1.0_640_480When it comes to recruiting, I’m done trying to predict the future. For all we know, Greg Stroman and Steve Sobczak will be the two more successful players in this recruiting class despite not being ranked very high by any recruiting service. That said, talent is still talent and it helps to have a boatload of it.

For those who don’t follow recruiting very closely, the Hokies landed a commitment from Chris Durkin, a four star quarterback out of Ohio earlier this week. Durkin is a big body and plays a very physical style of football. He is built like Brian Urlacher but just so happens to possess a fairly strong arm. All signs point to the Midwest signal caller starting his career out at quarterback and likely staying there for the long haul.

What I like most about this commitment is it gives Tech more options in the future. I think the one issue we’ve struggled with under Frank Beamer is that we often put all of our eggs in one basket for some players. We did that with Tyrod Taylor and it worked out. We kind of did that with Vinston Painter and it bit us, especially since offensive tackle is a position where you should have a lot of bodies.

Durkin’s film is a bit of a mix between Tim Tebow and Ben Roethlisberger. He’s physical in the running game, often launching himself at smaller defenders but also possesses the raw ability you need to be a starting quarterback in the ACC. At this point, I don’t know who the coaches like better but I think you have to be happy about bringing in two very talented prospects in Durkin and Andrew Ford. Whoever is the best in that battle is going to take this Virginia Tech offense to new heights.

If you’re interested in watch Durkin’s senior highlight film, you can do so over on his Hudl profile.

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Montae Nicholson Set to Announce

Four star safety prospect Montae Nicholson out of Pennsylvania is going to announce his decision tomorrow afternoon at his high school. All indications point to either Michigan State or Pittsburgh being the team that lands him. I’d put my money on Pittsburgh here.

Nicholson had some renewed interest in the Hokies this fall, even making his way down for a visit in October. However, I don’t see the coaching staff taking him with scholarships being so tight. I think there’s been some communication between the two sides here and that may be why Michigan State is trending with him recently. I would be shocked if he put on a VT hat tomorrow.

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