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Tech Close to Finishing 2010 Class
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #410 December 4, 2009
The recruiting calendar gets pushed back further each year. The Hokies spend the summer getting commitments for most of their upcoming recruiting class, and this past summer was no different. Now Tech is focused on filling out the class with a few key players.
The Hokies have just three remaining targets on their board. With 18 commitments already on the board, Tech could sign all three of these remaining targets, or none of them.
Virginia Tech stopped recruiting wide receiver Brandon Coleman of Maryland to focus on Laurence Gibson, an offensive tackle prospect from Hargrave Military Academy. Gibson is originally from Arizona. He has already visited Auburn and Boston College, and he has offers from both schools. Gibson also has offers from Ole Miss, Clemson, the Hokies, and a few others.
Kareem Martin is a North Carolina native who has narrowed his list to five ACC schools: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and UNC, in no particular order. Martin is an athletic edge rusher at defensive end.
Josh Furman is the most highly-touted prospect still on the board for the Hokies. Furman is a very impressive athlete and student, and he projects as a whip linebacker at Virginia Tech. He has narrowed his choices to Tech and the Michigan Wolverines, and he will announce his decision on December 19.
All three of those prospects would be impressive additions to an already solid recruiting class, which is headlined by three four-star recruits. Brookville defensive end Zack McCray is ranked #4 in the state of Virginia, Fork Union offensive tackle Mark Shuman is ranked #5 and Fork Union defensive tackle Nick Acree ranked #8.
Nine other members of the class are also from the state of Virginia: LB Brian Laiti (#11), LB/S Nick Dew (#13), LB Chase Williams (#14), DT Derrick Hopkins (#17), OL Caleb Farris (#20), LB Tahrick Peak (#23), OL Matt Arkema (#24) and LB Dominique Patterson (#29).
Six commitments come from outside of Virginia's borders: quarterback Mark Leal (FL), quarterback Ricardo Young (DC), TE Jerome Lewis (NY), DE Justin Taylor (NC), CB Detrick Bonner (GA) and CB/S Kyle Fuller (MD). Fuller is the brother of former Virginia Tech defensive back Vincent Fuller, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans.
This is a solid recruiting class for Virginia Tech. However, they were only able to pull in three of the top 10 prospects in the state of Virginia. Highly-touted players such as QB Philip Sims (Alabama), WR Justin Hunter (LSU), DT Evan Hailes (PSU), LB Travis Williams (Miami), LB Aramide Olaniyan (UCLA) and OL Russell Bodine (UNC) all decided to go out-of-state.
In the early going, Virginia Tech looks well-positioned for most of the highly-touted recruits in the state of Virginia for the 2011 class. The top player in the state will likely be LB Curtis Grant, and Tech will have to battle with some of the top programs in the country to get him.
Other top prospects include DE/DT Corey Marshall, ATH Dominique Terrell, OL Landon Turner, DB Ronny Vandyke, QB Lafonte Thourogood and ATH Clifton Richardson, among others. The Hokies are a major player in the recruitment of all of those prospects, though it's still early.
With so few targets remaining for the 2010 class, the Hokies can also focus their attention on getting a head start on the 2011 recruiting class. Signing Day is just two months away, and we'll have more on Tech's recruiting haul then.
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