The three committed members of Virginia Tech’s Class of 2015 have now all put ink to paper, signing their Letters of Intent, meaning there is now a 90% chance they will be Hokies (assuming something doesn’t happen to cause either side to opt out of their LOI). Let’s look at the class by the numbers. Oh, and FYI: Tech already has 11 scholarship players on-board and the NCAA limit is 13, meaning someone on scholarship, or one of these recruits, can’t be around for the 2015-16 season.
|Kerry Blackshear||Florida||F||6’8″||3* (#110)||4* (#75)||4*|
|Chris Clarke||Virginia||SF||6’6″||4* (#59)||4* (#41)||4* (#63)|
|Justin Robinson||VA/MD||PG||6’1″||3*||3* (#141)||3*|
Another solid class for Buzz. Clarke is obviously the headliner, and in dramatic fashion. In the last 13 days he’s committed to tennessee, flipped to VT, and signed with VT. He was the clear cut #1 player in the state, too. Don’t think that’s important? While home turf isn’t as big in basketball as football, Buzz did show a propensity to sign the top kids from Wisconsin while at marquette (Buzz the Recruiter) — he signed four 4-stars and a 5-star from the Cheese State in 6 years. Creating a local pipeline and starting to make us “Virginia’s Basketball School” is going to take time, but starts with this. Let’s just hope it turns out better than some previous in-state signings, like Marquie Cooke and Doo-Doo Finney-Smith.
Robinson gives Tech a point guard of the future and Blackshear isn’t chopped liver, either. Rivals ‘only’ rates him as a 3-star, but has him #110 overall in the class. The Hokies will take that caliber of a 3-star any day. 247sports has all three Tech signees rated in the Top 150.
Major props to Buzz. Before even coaching a game at VT he’s brought in two Top 75 players (Ahmed Hill and Clarke), two more consensus Top 150 guys (Justin Bibbs and Kerry Blackshear), a stud transfer in Seth Allen, a JUCO transfer at a position of need (forward Shane Henry), a big man in Satchel Pierce, another quality transfer (forward Zach LeDay), and two solid guards in Jalen Hudson and Justin Robinson. Not too shabby for a guy taking over a program that has finished last in the ACC three years in a row and was 2-16 last year (and is just 1-17 this calendar year). These recruiting wins can’t help but turn into wins on the court.