So after years of disappointment and resigned to the fact that the lack of distribution of wealth in college football caps our (and 90% of other teams) potential I haven't been into recruiting much recently. However after reading about King in the Hokie Tracks article and other rumors of his hopeful breakout, I looked into the recruiting rankings of our most recent 4 star RBs and a couple of high 3 honorable mentions since David Wilson.
Keshawn King: .8925 Composite, No stats yet.
Shai McKenzie: .9045 Composite, 86 att, 395 yards, 4.6 avg, 4 TDs. Overall a bust but not his fault due to injury.
Travon McMillian: .8921 Composite, 449 att, 2158 yards, 4.8 avg, 16 TDs. I think he was a good to great RB but didn't fit once the regime changed.
J.C. Coleman: .9114 Composite, 348 att, 1519 yards, 4.4 avg, 7 TDs. One of my personal favorite Hokies, so I am a super biased. I think he would have done extremely well in our current offense but didn't quite fit the old style and had an up and down career because of it.
David Wilson: .9585 Composite, 462 att, 2662 yards, 5.8 avg, 18 TDs. One of the best to ever play the position for us. Stud. The dream.
High 3 star honorable mentions:
Deswhan McClease: .8711 Composite: 212 att, 990 yards, 4.7 avg, 5 TDs. I think a solid player but not a stud feature back.
Marshawn Williams: .8778 Composite: 183 att, 719 yards, 3.9 avg, 6 TDs. Like Shai, had a great start to his career and it sadly got derailed by injury.
Honestly this makes me really excited for King. Obviously there is a stark difference between the high .8's and mid .9's and he won't be David Wilson. But, if he performs better than McClease and is a better fit than McMillian, I have high hopes he could be a solid player for us and really help our offense. The season can't get here soon enough because I never want to look at recruiting again.