If you don't recruit them, how will you ever have a chance to land them? Them, you ask? Yes, I'm talking about recruiting the best players in the nation and going head to head with the "who's who" of college football.
It's no secret that in order for the Hokies to fill that dusty and empty trophy case, they will have to gain signatures from a handful of blue chip studs that usually take their talents to perennial powerhouses such as Alabama, Florida St and Ohio St. Oh, and not lose those guys to in-state rival UVA as well.
Back on January 22, 2014 the Hokies extended an offer to five star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick from St. Peters Prep in Jersey City, NJ. Depending on which recruiting publication you trust, Fitzpatrick is regarded as the second to fourth best defensive back in the nation. "DBU" as I previously mentioned in the Kevin Toliver II article is no longer shying away from the congested recruiting battle that will ensue when trying to get the attention of these talented young men.
Here is an excellent write up from SB Nation's recruiting guru Bud Elliott on Fitzpatrick's attributes.
Take a look at the film on Fitzpatrick, he isn't a burner but has a long and rangy frame that is key to going up against the bigger and stronger wide receivers of today:
2015 DB/RB/ATH Minkah Fitzpatrick 2013 season highlight remix (via Prep1Force)
Fitzpatrick's willingness to "stick his nose" in a pile and make the tough tackle is also a great quality that could potentially slot him at either of the safety positions down the road.
It appears at this point that Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, as well as Florida State and an Ohio State are at the top of his list. The Hokies have a lot of ground to gain if they are to earn one of his five official visits this coming fall.