14 (19) scholarships Signings: #2 QB Kevin Babcock Kevin is Coach Killernuts first 5 star recruit (Star CB Tristan Terry was the last one, who committed the week before he was hired). He is ranked as the #2 QB, but from watching him play you wouldn't know it. He stands at an enormous 6'5", allowing him to have great vision of the field. He in a great athlete with great speed and acceleration. His agility is unrivaled. Kevin has a fairly powerful arm and decent accuracy. He breaks quite a few tackles, but he is one of the best in the entire country at dodging defenders. Coach Killernuts said of the signing, "We think he's the best QB in this recruiting class. He is so dangerous with his feet, and is only half a step behind (#1 QB) Brandon Flowers in the passing game. We will certainly adjust our game plan around him." The QB with 4.46 speed may end up starting his first year, or may red shirt and grab the starting role in his second season on campus. The Hokies have already been in a transitioning phase towards a more run based attack... it's quite possible that they might shy away from this and move to a spread option attack... only time will tell. #1 DT Dustin Harris Hailing from Ohio, Harris is a fantastic defensive tackle. His size makes him a 4-3 DT and 3-4 DE. Oddly enough, he's actually a good enough player to play both of those positions. His speed is very good for a tackle. He had decent strength and has very good moves. He is very sound in all facets of his game. Depending on how well he performs in spring workouts and whether or not Maurice Foreman decides to come back, Dustin may find himself in a starting role next season. #6 HB Thomas Thompson Thomas is a very large back with a lot of strength and power, but lacks a bit in the speed department. He will probably get some carries his Freshman season. #15 Guard James Walker James is not all that strong, but his great fundamentals and quick first steps allow him to open holes. He has good speed for a lineman and gets to his top speed very quickly. This allows him to get up to second level defenders and pull with the best of them. He is not quite as good in pass protection, but his interior position helps to negate that a little. A RS and then a spot at RG is the most likely path for James, but a move to Center is also a possibility. #7 DE George Allen George adds some depth that may not really be needed at DE. However, with the amount of scholarships available, coach Killernuts felt it necessary to go for him anyway. George is a very balanced player. His speed isn't spectacular, but he's very strong and has great moves. He gets to the ball fairly well for his speed and is able to drop back into coverage when needed. He certainly has the potential to be a very good player, but it might be awhile before he can showcase his talent. #8 Tackle Youdlain Long A 300 lb monster out of Ashtabula, Ohio, Youdlain Long seeks to be a difference maker for Virginia Tech. He is slow as molasses, but he is one of the best blockers in the country when he gets on his man. A move to center may be necessary to facilitate his slow speed, but he should be able to manage wherever he ends up. #2 FS James Mosby James elected to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies instead of playing for the team in his backyard, USC. He said that one of the major influences on his decision was the free safety before him, Lance Foster, who jump started the program and was one of the best defenders in the country the last two years. James has excellent speed, with good acceleration and agility. He rarely misses a tackle, punishes those he hits, and knows what's being called as the ball is snapped. His strength and ability to get off of blocks is extremely good for a safety and his great hands allow him to make a lot of big plays. In coverage, James isn't the best in coverage, but he does well enough to hold his own. He will either have to wait to play FS, or he may get some immediate playing time in the SS role. #8 QB Jason Harris Good Power and good accuracy. #17 DT Corey Blanks Corey is a mammoth at 320 lbs, but lacks severely in the speed department. He makes up for this with good strength and fundamentals. It will be a few seasons before he sees the field with all the talent in front of him. #3 Punter Markeith McFadden Markeith has a very powerful leg but struggles sometimes with his accuracy. However, he will be a starter next season. #44 Guard Adam Buchanan Virginia Tech's commit to building a solid line offensively and defensively continues this off season with the addition of Adam Buchanan. A three star recruit out of Virginia who had been looked over until several recruits looked as though they were about to eliminate the Hokies from their boards. Adam is pretty average all around. He is proficient in everything, but does not necessarily excel. He is very consistent. Depending on how many more recruits Virginia Tech grabs for their offensive line, Adam may be a career back up or might see some time in several years. #143 WR Marcus Noble Marcus is a 6'2" 172 pound speedster. His route running and catching skills are not ACC ready yet, so it is unlikely that he will get to play very soon. His speed, jumping ability, and ability to break tackles gives him a lot of potential, though. #20 SS Michael Stewart This player likely only adds some depth to the safety position, but may see some playing time his senior season. His speed is very unimpressive (which is is main downfall), but he is a decent tackler and is fair in zone coverage. #36 TE Jeff Williams Jeff adds another body to a position severely lacking in that category. He is slow, but he has decent hands and is alright at blocking. He probably won't play much except for Goal Line. #49 JUCO (SO) T Chase Woods At 6'7" 291 lbs, Chase Woods is enormous. He is slow, but has acceleration to make up for it. His blocking technique is quite good, and he may be able to step in quickly for the Hokies.