This coming season, like many over the last 10 years, will see the Hokies struggling with the fact they have almost no depth on the interior post. Well, Coach Johnson is trying to doing something about that, at least for the future. Tech got a commitment from 6’9″, 230 lbs. Maurice Kirby out of Arizona. Kirby originally committed to arizona state to be close to home (Chandler, AZ is just southeast of Phoenix and a few miles from Tempe, where asu is), but later re-opened his recruitment.
Kirby might be a huge recruit physically, but he was not a big recruit nationally. Tech beat out the likes of northern arizona, loyola-chicago, and brown to get him. He is rated just a 2-star by Rivals and ESPN Recruiting Nation (#37 center on the ESPN list), and wasn’t rated at all by 247Sports. Still, we need beef, and he’ll bring that. Is Kirby a project or was he just undervalued? Time will tell, but probably worth the gamble given Tech has 5 scholarships available this year and Maurice is just the third commit (along with another center, Trevor Thompson, and wing Donte Clark).