With the recent commitment of Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech finds itself in many Top 25 2017 recruiting classes. On April, 22 another talented high school phenom will let his intentions be known. Eric Crosby is a 6'1" 285 LB 4* DT from Ocean Lakes in Virginia Beach. 24/7 has him as the 3rd best player in the state of Virginia. The kid runs a 4.79 40, and for man that size, it is down right scary. His highlight reel is equally impressive. You can check out Crosby doing work on his hudl.com highlight reel:
This is exactly the type of athlete Virginia Tech needs to lock up to continue its impressive recruiting resurgence. The Hokies are on a real hot streak, and landing Crosby might convince some other 757 blue chippers to jump on the Fuente bandwagon. A recent check of the Hokies 2017 commitments looks like this:
Graphic courtesy of virginiatech.247sports.com. There is a common theme of all the athletes. It's those little yellow start to the right of their names. I have gotten on my soapbox about the star system plenty of times. The biggest issue is when schools, fans, and the players put too much stock in the star system. On the other hand, perception is reality. When it comes time for national signing day next year, this may be moot anyway. Keep in mind that these are verbal commitments, and teenagers are a fickle breed. If somehow Virginia Tech can convince young Mr. Crosby, a snowball effect will likely take place.
Charlie Wiles, Zohn Burden, and other recruiting leaders on the staff have done some serious work so far this year. There are plenty of folks out there that are of the opinion that Bud Foster "has lost a step". Looking through the commits you see Foster's name listed as Tyjuan Garbutt's primary recruiter. You then see Wiles, Burden, and even former coach Torrian Gray. Point is, this class is a true team effort. If the Hokies can land Crosby, it isn't the finish. It's only the beginning.