The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up another commitment on Monday when three-star offensive lineman Bryce Goodner pledged to the Hokies.
Goodner, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive guard from McMinn High School in Athens, Tenn., just recently picked up an official offer from the Hokies and it did not take long for him to call Virginia Tech home.
A quick look at Goodner’s recruiting profile and you see 27 offers. Impressive, right? Then you realize Virginia Tech was Goodner’s first Power Five offer.
Sure, on optics, this is a concern. However, would it be as much of a concern if the Hokies had landed at least one or two four-star recruits in this class?
Don’t let Goodner’s ranking deter you. He actually has some strong film. Really strong. He already has college size for an interior lineman and really impressive raw power. He is a load in the running game who, like most high school athletes, will need some technique refinement at the next level.
Let’s give offensive line coach Vance Vice and head coach Justin Fuente some credit here. They’ve done a good job in offensive line evaluations and Goodner, much like fellow 2021 commit, Danijel Miletic, appears to be another underrated pickup.
Offensive linemen are often undervalued. Unless you play at a powerhouse or have elite size and athleticism, you don’t often rack up Power Five offers early. That’s the case with Goodner here. More offers would come, if he has a season this fall.
Goodner is commitment No. 18 for Virginia Tech in the 2021 cycle. Per 247Sports, the Hokies now rank No. 40 for the upcoming 2021 class.