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How do you think your team fared in the recruiting battles?

Glad you asked ;) Here's my take on VT's recruiting for '04. Most services have them ranked in the 20-35 range. Not spectacular. Could have been better, could have been worse. They had a few things working against them this year, not the least of which is was a sub-par Virginia talent pool. Also the conference change kept them from getting a full year of recruiting in, with uncertainty about where they might end the MAC, or worse yet the remnants of the Little East ;). On offense they did excellent. They pulled one of the nations top RB's (George Bell) out of NC to be KJ's heir apparent, as well as VA's top QB/WR (Sean Glennon/Eddie Royal) duo and the top RB in VA (Ore) as well. Snagging Royal from UVA on signing day was big and the Hokies got a lot of good depth at WR, something they have lacked recently. They also pulled a top FB and a couple good OL, but are still a bit thin there even after a very good haul last yr. On defense they were less successful, after one of their verbal commits (Mike Mangold, who happens to be the nephew of the VT AD) renegged and signed with Florida..."Zooked" again. Adding to that were legal troubles for our top DB verbal (Rod Council), who did not sign an LOI, but could be back around again next year (after prepping?) if those issues are pleaded down, or clear up. Tech signed an extremely athletic LB/DE/FB/HB Athlete (Maurice Reevey) who goes 6-3/230/4.5/40+ inch vertical and another at safety (Purnell Sturdivant, 5-10/205/40-44 vert.). They got the top LB in the state in Andrew Bowman. Also snagged a good DT (Carl Howard) which was a big need. A lot of these guys have great raw talent but will need grooming and the #'s on the DL and DB may leave Tech a bit thin the next 2 yrs or so. 2005 does shape up to be a VERY strong year in the state however, especially at DB and Tech will have PT to offer at these positions where the bad guys across the way will not as they stocked up the past couple of years. All in all, I'm not as disappointed as i thought i would be, with a very good final week of recruiting, as this is a good class to build on in the ACC, especially with the circumstances the program has gone through on the field and off the past year.

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PS - Looks like all the usual suspects recruited well again this year. Maryland has made great strides and is moving into the elite. They stole one of the top recruits (Kent Hicks, S) out of our backyard this year. Hope we can keep up!

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