At last, National Signing Day is here. I won't be going in depth on the historical classes as I've done in the past few articles, rather refer to Krista's great article on the "DBU" and the legacy they've created: D-Block
Check out the summaries on the incoming defensive backs and athletes and where we think they'll end up!
Holland Fisher – Manchester (Midlothian, VA)
24/7 – 4*
Rivals – 4*
Offers: VT and Penn St.
Holland Fisher #1 (via Hunter Bottoms)
Holland Fisher, a standout consensus four star athlete out of the greater Richmond area is set to re-sign with the Hokies after having to prep in 2013 at Fork Union Military Academy. Rated the No. 1 prep school player in the nation by 247 sports, Fisher was also an Under Armour All-American. He will report to Blacksburg on May 27, which is when summer one session begins.
Fisher has been listed a potential free safety, strong safety (rover) but I feel he will ultimately end up at the "WHIP" linebacker spot which will accentuate his abilities to make tackles in space while being able to cover wide receivers, tight ends and running backs at various spots on the field. I expect Fisher will challenge for a place on the two deep at WHIP and Rover.
Travon McMillian -
Travon McMillian - Final Highlights 2012 (via Travon McMillian)
Thomas Dale Chester, VA)
24/7 – 3*
Rivals – 3*
DJ Reid (via VirginiaSportsMedia1)
If there ever was a "utility" player much like they classify in baseball, it’s D.J. Reid. Reid, who had to prep for a year along with classmate Holland Fisher at Fork Union is versatile enough to play running back, receiver in the slot or in the defensive backfield. In high school alone, Reid played QB in the wildcat formation, tailback, safety, outside linebacker while returning kicks and punts. Reid also catches the ball very well and has great speed. All things considered this will definitely help him get on the field sooner than later. Depending on how the roster shakes out in the spring with forthcoming attrition and position swaps, it will have a big impact on whether Reid is seriously considered for playing time in 2014.
Xavier Burke -
#8 Xavier Burke 2013 Highlights (via Quintin Williams)
Tabyus Taylor's First College Offer: Virginia Tech (via 804football)
Greg Stroman Class Of 2014 Stonewall Jackson High School Senior Highlights "" Virginia Tech Commit"" (via Greg Stroman)
C.J. Reavis -
CJ Reavis Senior Highlight Video (via hokiefan513)
Terrell Edmunds -
Terrell Edmunds (via ACC Recruiting)
Shawn Payne -
Shawn Payne (via ACC Recruiting)
This might be from top to bottom, the most talented group in the 2014 class. Especially with our WR class not panning out as we had hoped and with Javon Harrison flipping to Florida State. I expect Holland Fisher and C.J. Reavis to make an immediate impact on the two-deep, wherever the coaches may slot them. McMillian and Stroman have exceptional speed and game breaking skills, I hope we use them on offense but out of necessity may have to play in the defensive secondary.
We'll be back with a comprehensive recruiting wrap once all the Letter Of Intents are in. GO HOKIES!
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