Tech received their fourth commitment for the Class of 2013 since Labor Day when guard Ben Emelogu committed to Coach James Johnson over the weekend. Emelogu is a 6’5″, 190 lbs. shooting guard from Grand Prairie, Texas (smack dab in between Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas).
Ben is rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN Recruiting Nation (and the #56 shooting guard), but is not rated in the Rivals or 247Sports rankings, but does boast offers from marquette, washington, and tcu. He is the second off-guard to join the Class of 2013, along with Donte Clark. Tech also has two bigs in the fold with Maurice Kirby and Trevor Thompson.
It is interesting to note that Tech’s four commits hail from Virginia, Indiana, Arizona, and Texas. A lot more spread out than what we saw under Greenberg, who largely focused in VA and NC, with a few others from GA and FL. In fact, 6 of the 8 players eligible to play this season are from VA or NC, and 8 of the overall 9 current scholarship players from the four states I previously mentioned.
The Hokies have at least five scholarships available in this class (assuming no one leaves after this year), so they have room for at least one more. A true point guard is a need of Tech’s with Green leaving after this season. Rankin is a true point, and Adam Smith could play it but he is also a good shooter off the ball. Tech, in reality, can just take the best player they can get given they’ve gotten two guards and two bigs. It would be nice to get a higher profile recruit to finish the class, but that may not be in the cards this year.