The Virginia Tech football team anticipated a big day of recruiting visits on Saturday as they hosted their 2012 Spring Football game. The Hokies current roster never hit the field, however, but it didn't affect their success on the recruiting trail. Tech received seven commitments on Saturday to move their 2013 recruiting class up to No. 10 in the country.
The biggest commitment of the day was by far, Bucky Hodges, out of Salem High School. The local product has been a big target for the Hokies for a long time with their lack of success in recruiting quarterbacks recently. At 6-foot-6-inches and 225-pounds, he is eerily similar to Logan Thomas, the current Hokies signal caller. He is a four-star prospect by both 24/7 and Rivals and considered by some to be the No. 1 player in the state of Virginia. There is no doubt that Hodges committing to Tech was expected but it still generated a ton of excitement from Hokies fans on Saturday.
Charles Clark was the next big name for the Hokies as he is a four-star prospect from Suffolk, Virginia. Clark is the fourth defensive back to sign with Tech this off-season which is expected with the lack of depth in the secondary on the current roster. He is rated by 24/7 as the No. 21 cornerback in the country and had 58 tackles and 5 fumbles recoveries last season his junior year.
Tech also got some commitments along the offensive line, which many saw as the Hokeis main concern heading into this recruiting class. Offensive tackle Parker Osterlah and guard Braxton Pfaff both committed on Saturday giving the Hokies the No. 25 and No. 32 players in the state. Both players were considering offers between both Tech and UVa and our considered the top two offensive linemen in Virginia.
Athlete Cequan Jefferson was a commit on Saturday and it is still unknown what exactly he will play when he gets to Blacksburg. He is rated as the No. 26 player in the state and the No. 52 athlete in the nation but could see time at cornerback or on offense as well.
Anthony Shegog is another defensive back who could be labeled as an "athlete." He committed to the Hokies on Saturday after taking several visits over the past few months to both Tech and UVa. The safety from North Stafford is rated a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 27 player in the state by 24/7.
The final commit for the class of 2013 on Saturday was Bucky Hodges' teammates from Salem, linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka. The outside linebacker/safety has been praised by many and was recruited by the likes of Stanford and North Carolina. He is a three star prospect according to 24/7.
The Hokies also picked up a commit for the 2014 class in defensive end Vincent Mihota. His brother played at UVa and it was a bit of a surprise when he picked Tech. He was offered a scholarship by Bud Foster via email on Thursday night and decided to commit on Saturday.
Overall, the day was a great one for the Virginia Tech football program. The Hokies moved into the Top 10 nationally in 2013 recruiting rankings and the presence of Shane Beamer is really being felt. There is no doubt there is a lot to be excited about this upcoming season but fans can't help but anticipate the future in Blacksburg after such success on the recruiting trails.