We have often heard if star recruits would stay Home Virginia Tech would Win a National Championship. Andy Bitter tweeted out that he was going to examine if the state of Virginia Produces enough talent to win a National Championship. Well this got me thinking, and I don't subscribe to the Athletic so I wanted to look at it for myself to see if it was possible. I am also kinda bored and wanted to see what everyone else thought.
2009 Virginia Tech Hokies
-I used 2009 because it was one of our best finishes (#10) in a while and it would provide enough recruiting information. For this scenario, I took the 2009 roster and removed non-VA players and added in Virginia Recruits from 2005-2008.
Key Players we Lose:
Jason Worilds, Nekos Brown, Jayron Hosley, Eddie Whitley, Roc Carmichael, Stephen Virgil, Josh Oglesby, Darren Evens, Sergio Render, and Jarrett Boykin.
Quinton Coples, Andre Branch, Ras-I Dowling, Torrey Smith, Percy Harvin, Vidal Hazelton, and Evan Royster
I don't think that would be enough to make us national champions.
I tired to compile the best roster possible from 4 consecutive years of Virginia Recruits.
The best I could do is 2012-2015. This is what I could come up with:
QBs - Christian Hackenburg, Trace McSorley, Wilton Speight
RBs - Derrick Green, Trey Edmunds, Travon McMillian, Sam Rogers
WRs - Gary Jennings Jr., DaeSean Hamilton, Brandon Polk, Felton DavisIII, Travis Fulgham
TEs - Bucky Hodges, Dakota Jackson??
OL - Wyatt Teller, Braxton Pfaff, Justin Skule, Nate Davis, Phil Haynes, Augie Contie, Chance Hall, Alec Eberle
DT - Tim Settle, Derrick Nnadi, Andrew Brown, Tanner Karafa
DE - Clelin Ferrell, Da'Shawn Hand, Josh Sweat, Jonathan Allen, and Jalyn Holmes
LBs - Tremaine Edmunds, Eli Harold, Greer Martini, and EJ Levenberry
CBs - Greg Stroman, Tim Harris, Maurice Canady, Alex Carter, and CJ Reavis
S - Juan Thornhill, Terrell Edmunds, Quin Blanding, Anthony Shegog, and Garrett Taylor
K - Chris Blewitt
I feel this team would probably have a good enough defense to win a National Championship, but the offense would not be as good.
Edit: I went to Maxpreps to look at a list of Player drafted that were from Virginia and found 3 OL and 1 WR to add to scenario 2.