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National Signing Day provided the Hokies much needed help on defense, especially the secondary, headlined by Kendall Fuller and Holland Fisher, along with future stars on offense like Bucky Hodges and Carlis Parker. The Hokies also fended off strong push by other powerhouse programs such as Alabama and Michigan to secure some of the commits despite the coaching staff turnover.
Signing Day went by without a hiccup. Nobody backed out of their commitments from Virginia Tech, perhaps because of three new hires on the offensive staff. They did not blink.
It was refreshing to see young men keeping their word that they would commit to Virginia Tech. That is becoming more and more of a rarity these days. There was plenty of drama around the country, with a certain running back who had to cancel his press conference because of a runaway mom, and the number one prospect backing out of his commitment to Clemson and going to Ole Miss because his mommy wants him to play with his brother. Virginia Tech was able to go about their business, securing those who verbalized their commitment and turning them into signed LOI's.
I like what I see from this class. While Kendall Fuller is headlining the class, it is the other players who want to be at Virginia Tech that stand out the most; players like defensive back Brandon Facyson who is an ambitious young man (he wants to become a heart surgeon), or someone like Deon Newsome who took a shot at UVA by saying he couldn't see himself there.
Most importantly, I see some help coming for a very depleted secondary that lost Antone Exum to a very unfortunate ACL tear. Players like Fuller and Holland Fisher should be able to compete for spots on the depth chart right away. I also see in the future that the class of 2013 will provide the spark and a jab in the arm for the recruiting classes of 2014 and 2015.
It is believed that the classes of 2014 and 2015 are going to be the biggest in the state of Virginia, and the successes of the classes of 2012 and 2013 are going to help pave the way to make Virginia Tech into a powerhouse that can finally compete with the likes of Clemson and Florida State in the current ACC. While Virginia Tech has won four ACC titles outright, their sights have been set on the national championship, and I believe that the new hires will make their impact felt very soon.
Exciting times are here folks, and I think we are in for an interesting spring and summer camp.