With the 2011 college football season right around the corner elite programs have already started their building a stellar 2012 recruiting class. One of these programs is Virginia Tech who currently has 20 verbal commits heading into the middle of July. Of their 20 pledges so far 3 are 4 star prospects by rivals.com (J.C. Coleman, Deon Clark and Jarontay Jones). These 4 star prospects can be impacts on the field by their freshman years at Tech. The top 3 recruits for tech all play different positions and will be used in different ways. We’ll start with Speedy J.C. Coleman out of Chesapeake, Virginia
- J.C. Coleman : (RB 5’7, 169 lbs and a 4.4 40 yards dash time) – Coleman is currently ranked the 3rd overall running back in the 2012 class nationally. What makes this speedy back so good is his ability to change directions moments before coming in contact with defenders. As you can see in the youtube video I have found he his one hard back to catch and shows signs of a young David Wilson , who will be the starting back for this year’s Hokie Squad. Coleman chose Coach Beamer and the Hokies over 7 other schools who had given him an offer (UVA, WVU,Old Dominion, Maryland , FIU ,Vanderbilt and Duke). Coleman is currently the head of this 2012 class and will be a major success once he comes to Blacksburg.
2. Deon Clarke : (LB 6’2 ,205 lbs and a 4.5 40 yard dash time)- Clarke is an intresting prospect to say the least. He brings alot of size to the table standing 6’2 but not much weight to him weighing in at only 205 lbs.Like J.C. Coleman, Clarke is a local state prospect (Chesterfield,VA) .But even though he isn’t extremley solid he can still pack a pretty powerful punch. He is ranked the 14th best LB prospect in the 2012 class and just makes the cut for the top 150 prospects (142nd ranked). One of the major benefits for both Clarke and this Hokies coaching staff is that he has a ton of potential and with the right coaching (Bud Foster especially) he can become an elite LB in the ACC Conference. Clarke was also highly recruited by other schools within the confernece (Miami,UVA, Maryland, NC State and Duke).
3. Jarontay Jones: (DE 6’2 , 240 lbs and a 4.6 40 yard dash time)- Of all the recruits that the Hokies have gotten verbal commitments from Jarontay Jones appears to be the most suprising. A native of Stone Mountain,GA Jones has been a target of many bigtime SEC schools such as Georgia, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina among others. Jones is a player of raw speed and power that just flat out gets to the ball on almost every play. With his height and size he is a bit of a problem for O-linemen to handle and keep out of the backfield. But discounting his size a 4.6 40 time for a high school prospect at DE is quiet remarkable and hard to believe. To prove his talent I have found a youtube highlight reel of his Junior season on the gridiron. Jones will add to an already young, fast and powerful defensive front in Blacksburg.
There are ofcourse some other bigtime guys coming to Blacksburg in 2012. Defensive Backs like Donaldven Manning and Davion Tookes are ranked in the top 30 for the postion overall , The offensive side of the ball will not only feature J.C. Coleman but also QB Brenden Motely of nearby Christiansburg and WR’s Mark Irick and Mario Nixon who both stand over 6’3. As always the offensive recruits look good but this class’ strongpoint is definetly on defense with numbers on the Defensive Front, Middle and Backfield.14 out of the 20 recruits being targeted for their talents on the defensive side of the ball.
So far I give this Hokie class a solid A when it comes down to grading. They so far have answered all their needs but lack recruits for the offensive line which may come back to haunt them if they sign more Defensive and offensive skill positions over talent in the trenches. They do only have 5 spots left if things stay the way that they currently are so I would look for maybe 1 0r 2 more 4 star prospects to commit then the remaining spots saved for offensive linemen. No matter what the Hokies are pretty set for both the present and the future.