Although Virginia Tech had a disappointing season on the field last year, the staff excelled in recruiting.
According to Rivals.com, the Hokies recruiting class of 2013 ranked fourth in the ACC and 23rd in the nation. Even though most true freshman redshirt their first year in order to acclimate to the style of play at the college level, a few of the incoming freshman have a chance to get immediate playing time.
One freshman that has already made an impact of the coaching staff is Brandon Facyson, a defensive back who enrolled a semester early. With former starting cornerback Antone Exum recovering from an ACL tear, Facyson has seen more reps than a typical freshman would. Although he has excelled in Virginia Tech's previous scrimmages, he has been inconsistent, which is a trend among most young defensive backs.
The Hokies' highest ranked recruit in this class is Kendall Fuller, who is also a defensive back. Kendall Fuller is the ninth ranked player in the class of 2013 and many believes he has the talent to compete for a starting job alongside his brother Kyle Fuller.
Kendall is the fourth member of his family to play football for the Hokies and he has the potential to be the best Fuller yet. He is known for his keen instincts and fundamentals, which could equate to early playing time.
“I’m definitely looking forward to him getting in here this summer, and working with him so he can get better,” said cornerback Kyle Fuller when asked about Kendall. “He’ll be a good athlete back there, he’s got a good football IQ, and I think he can help us out.”
While Virginia Tech has two very capable freshmen to help out in the secondary, on the other side of the ball offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin has been the biggest surprise this spring.
McLaughlin attended prep school at Fork Union last semester and was committed to East Carolina until he flipped his commitment to Tech in December.
New offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has rotated around the offensive lineman this spring in order to find the best fit, and McLaughlin has impressed. He just recently was named as the starting left tackle for the Spring Game this Saturday.
Even though Facyson, Fuller, and McLaughlin are the freshman most likely to see the field during their first year, with a recruiting class full of talent, many true freshman have the opportunity to get early playing time.
Under Armor All-American Holland Fisher is known as a hard-hitting safety, and is the 10th ranked safety in the class of 2013. Although the safety position seems to have proven starters, do not be surprised if Fisher pushes for playing time early.
Additionally, defensive end Wyatt Teller is one of the Hokies' most prized recruits. While he is very talented, the team is very deep at the defensive end position.
Another position that the Hokies are very deep in is the quarterback position, with reigning starter Logan Thomas returning for his senior season.
Incoming freshman quarterback Bucky Hodges has many of the same qualities as Thomas, with his 6’5" height and ability to escape the pocket and scramble if needed. While Hodges will obviously redshirt, having a year to sit and learn from Thomas and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will better prepare him to compete for the starting position after Thomas graduates.
Despite the fact that much of the Hokies' recruiting class of 2013 will not play as true freshman, the future is bright for Virginia Tech football.
With one of Virginia Tech's best recruiting classes ever, look for this year's freshman class to excel not only this year, but in years to come.