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Virginia Tech’s efforts on the recruiting trail this year were honorable but I think looking back, the Hokies may feel a little queasy at some of the quarterback talent they missed out on. That said, they still landed two good ones in this class and we’re going to talk about our first quarterback commitment today in Andrew Ford.
A unanimous three star by all the major recruiting services, Ford was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. That is a very prestigious honor in a state that sends well over 50 kids to division one schools every year.
Ford isn’t like many of the quarterbacks we’ve had in the past. He’s a natural pro-style QB with decent mobility that should help improve the Virginia Tech passing attack under Scot Loeffler here at Virginia Tech.
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At 6’2” and 190 pounds, Ford doesn’t have the best height in the world. His 4.7 40 times may or may not be a little inflated and he’s a left-handed quarterback that doesn’t quite have elite arm-strength. However, once you get past the physical evaluation of Ford, you really start to see the type of football player he is. He’s a gamer.
Ford is going to come in this January and immediately challenge Mark Leal for the starting job. Will he win it? Probably not. The Pennsylvania native has a lot to learn before he steps out onto the grass inside Lane Stadium and takes his first college snap. That said, Ford isn’t a guy that’s going to back down from a challenge and that’s one reason Tech fans are going to like this kid.
I think the battle this spring won’t be between Ford and Leal but between Ford and redshirt sophomore Brenden Motley. The winner of that battle will enter this season as the backup behind Leal. That could be crucial as Leal isn’t as injury proof as Logan Thomas was over the past three seasons.
Overall, I think Ford has the ability to win that job but if Motley has improved since this fall, he Loeffler may chose to go with someone a little older and more mature, electing to redshirt Ford for the long-haul. That would be a wise choice. However, Tech fans will need to see improvement in 2014 and if Ford gives Tech the best opportunity to win in the future then Loeffler may have to go that route.
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