Hokie Targets at NFTC Columbus

Virginia Tech targets were competing today at the Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) in Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State). Even though no one from this website was in attendance, thanks to to magic of the Internet we have updates.

Mark Trible spoke to Hopewell's Darrell Taylor at the beginning of April, and since then his recruiting has exploded. In that article, Hopewell Coach Ricky Irby clued us in on Taylor being an athletic freak. Taylor's now a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. Early in the process he was thought to be a Hokie lean in part because his cousin Tabyus Taylor signed with Tech in 2015. His top five schools are: Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. He's set to decide this summer. Bud Elliott of SBNation.com posted an excellent interview from today.

Hokies 2015 recruiting targets compete in Nike Camp.

Phil Steele: Hokies No. 29

Steelemas has come early for Virginia Tech fans. Steele has Tech ranked 29th in his 2014 top 40 countdown. Unless his methodology has changed, Steele's preseason top 40 is a projection of where he believes teams will finish in the final rankings. In other words, it's not a power ratings.

His capsule is always an excellent overview of where the program has been the last few seasons, and where it might be headed. Baring any injuries, I complete agree with his defensive starting lineup. However, I think the offensive front-five is a bit jumbled. I think Farris will start at center, and two of the three of Conte, Teller, and Smith will be the guards. Brent Benedict's status is up in the air, but even if healthy I'm not sure if he would've regained a starting spot. At the very least, it's a positive that there are a lot of o-linemen on the roster with starting/game experience that can play a variety of positions.

Football guru Phil Steele pegs the Hokies to finish 29th in the final rankings.

World Cup for College Football Fans: Part II

Hello. Last week I did an introduction to the World Cup for you, and this week I'll look at a bunch more teams that will be participating in the tournament next month. To start with, however, some concerned readers have sent in questions that I've answered below. If you have anything you'd like to see addressed in the next installment, please leave a comment below and I'd be happy to make up an answer.

LB/DE Damien Dozier Shines In Summer Camp, Earns Tech Offer

Four years ago, Damien Dozier was a 5-foot-11 safety for Enloe High School's football team in Raleigh, N.C.

Now, he's a 6-foot-5, 215-pound outside linebacker and rush end.

"I'd like to focus on mastering my position," Dozier says. "I want to make sure I know the game. With my positions and roles, I've been all over the field in high school football."

Virginia Tech offered another under-the-radar prospect.

Carson Lydon Commits to Virginia Tech

Carson Lydon announced his verbal pledge to the Hokies via his Twitter this evening. Lydon is a 6-1, 231 pound linebacker from Tarpon Springs, Florida (East Lake). He's rated as a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite. According to 247Sports, he had offers from Central Florida, Boston College, Duke, and Syracuse among other schools.

Virginia Tech secured its fifth verbal pledge of the 2015 cycle.

Athlon Sports: Hokies No. 27

It's a preseason poll and ranking from a preseason magazine that trades in topical analysis. However, it's May so it gives us something to talk about, as well as a bit of insight into Tech's national perception. Athlon predicts Tech will finish No. 1 in the ACC Coastal. As has been said many times before, Tech avoiding Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville in the Atlantic Division bodes well for the Hokies return to Charlotte.

What did Athlon Sports have to say about the Hokies 2014 football team?

Instagram Analysis: Michael Brewer

Back in March, French published an excellent analysis of incoming quarterback transfer Michael Brewer. Given the limited film available, he did as thorough a job as possible. However, French's breakdown focussed on X's and O's gleaned from the tape; how Brewer throws moving outside the pocket, his arm strength, throwing motion, and concern over batted balls. Unfortunately, there was no discussion of the intangibles: moxy, leadership, desire.

Mook Reynolds, A Versatile Defensive Weapon

Kyle Fuller being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL Draft helped Virginia Tech build upon its reputation as DBU. The Hokies return two sophomore cornerbacks with elite potential in Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson, while highly recruited safety prospects Holland Fisher and C.J. Reavis join the program this fall. With this strong foundation in place, Coach Torrian Gray has been hot on the recruiting trail looking for the next generation of terrific Hokie defensive backs.

Update: Benedict Hospital Reports Untrue, Determination on Football Status Not Made

Update: Virginia Tech commented on Shurburtt's report via its Twitter account. Contrary to what was reported by Shurburtt earlier, Brent is not in the hospital and is at his parent's home in Greenville, S.C. doing fine. Brent suffered a left ankle injury during spring ball and developed deep venous thrombosis after the April practices concluded. A decision on his football status hasn't been made.


Following the '99 campaign, the conversation in the offseason among Hokie Nation always boiled down to Tech's chances of winning the national championship. At least that's how I remember it.

"We're thin along the d-line, but Tyrod will put up enough points to beat Boise, and the rest of the schedule sets up perfectly," someone (probably me) said in August 2010.