Hokies Got Who They Needed
It may not have made headlines, but Virginia Tech signed a pretty solid 2015 class. They added depth and talent to positions that were lacking depth, and brought in a few skill players to try and ignite the offense. Dwayne Lawson could turn into one of the most electric players to watch in college football. He has all the pieces around him to be a great player for Virginia Tech. Lawson just has to beat out the players in front of him, which is no small task.
The offensive line was lifted when Austin Clark committed to Tech. He has the ability to step right in and play tackle. Tyrell Smith, Mike Arnold, and D'Andre Plantin will add the depth the Hokies desperately need. Offensive line was a major concern last season, but I think Wyatt Teller and Jonathan McLaughin will step in just fine.
Defensively, the Hokies look to continue their lineage of stout defenses. The above chart shows the Hokies defensive dominance last decade behind the mastermind coordinator Bud Foster. Foster makes a living on sacks and looks to be doing a pretty good job. They recruited heavily on the line to replace big names like Luther Maddy and Dadi Nicolas. Those two are in their final seasons in Blacksburg, but new blood will continue the Hokies dominance in the trenches. Tim Settle was a huge, literately huge at 315 pounds, land at tackle. He eats up space, but has quick reactions for a player of that size. Yosuah Nijman is huge. I've seen him around campus with his signature backpack, and he is a really tall 6'6 because I'm about 6'5 looking up at him. Players like Trevon Hill and Darius Fullwood will develop into great pass rushers. We also gained depth at linebacker and in the secondary. Tremaine Edmunds and Mook Reynolds highlight the signings in those positions.
Things are looking up in Blacksburg!