Virginia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class is complete, so here’s a complete rundown of what sort of recruits the Hokies got on the offensive side of the ball. All rankings included in this post are according to Rivals.com.
WR Joel Caleb (6 feet 2, 205 pounds) – From Clover Hill High in Midlothian, Va., Caleb picked Virginia Tech on signing day and instantly became the Hokies’ highest-rated recruit this year. A top 100 prospect nationally, Caleb played quarterback this past season and passed for 846 yards and rushed for 737 yards despite missing seven games. Caleb, who recently had surgery for a torn meniscus, chose the Hokies over Ohio State and West Virginia and will help buttress a receiving corps that lost Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale to graduation. Assistant coach Shane Beamer was Caleb’s primary recruiter.
RB J.C. Coleman (5-7, 180 pounds) – From Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake, Va., Coleman committed to Virginia Tech during the Hokies’ spring game and is already enrolled in school for spring practice. A four-star prospect recruited by offensive line coach Curt Newsome, Coleman will get an opportunity to earn the starting tailback job this offseason. He’s considered the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country and No. 5 recruit in Virginia this year, as well as the No. 101 prospect overall. Coleman gained 1,488 rushing yards and scored 20 touchdowns as Oscar Smith won the Virginia AAA Division 6 state championship game. He chose the Hokies over Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.
RB Drew Harris (6-1, 220 pounds) – From Downingtown East High in Exton, Pa., outside Philadelphia, Harris represented a major recruiting victory when he committed to Virginia Tech in September. Recruited by Shane Beamer, Harris is a four-star recruit who is considered the No. 11 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 22 running back in the country this year. He is a high school teammate of Hokies offensive line recruit Jack Willenbrock and chose Virginia Tech over Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State and Pittsburgh, among others. Harris suffered a major knee injury this past fall and gained just 619 yards and nine touchdowns. A power back, he rushed for nearly 4,000 yards combined during his sophomore and junior campaigns.
RB Chris Mangus (5-11, 180 pounds) – From Broughton High in Raleigh, N.C., Mangus is a speedy back who could also figure into the Hokies’ competition for playing time once he arrives on campus this summer. Recruited by quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain, Mangus is a three-star recruit who is rated the No. 30 running back prospect in the country this year. He rushed for 1,658 yards and scored 28 touchdowns during his senior season. Mangus chose the Hokies over Notre Dame and Virginia.
WR Der’Woun Greene (5-10, 175 pounds) – From Woodrow Wilson High in Portsmouth, Va., Greene committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter of the team’s spring game. Recruited by offensive line coach Curt Newsome, he is considered a three-star recruit and the No. 13 prospect in Virginia this year. Greene, who played multiple positions on both sides of the ball this past season when his team finished with an 0-10 record, is expected to be used as a wide receiver when he gets on campus this summer. He chose the Hokies over an offer from Virginia.
WR Joshua Stanford (6-2, 175 pounds) – From Martin Luther King High in Lithonia, Ga., Stanford committed to the Hokies last week. Recruited by Torrian Gray, Stanford is a three-star recruit who played wide receiver alongside Georgia commit Blake Tibbs. The Hokies offered him a late scholarship after South Florida prospect Robert Lockhart de-committed following late interest from Miami. Stanford, who finished with 56 catches for 1,018 yards and 12 total touchdowns this past season, chose the Hokies over UCLA, TCU and Arkansas State.
ATH Brendan Motley (6-3, 195 pounds) – From Christianburg High just outside Blacksburg, Motley is the lone quarterback prospect in Virginia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class. Recruited by wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman, Motley also played safety as Christianburg made a run to the AA state championship game. He finished the season with 951 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air and 646 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Motley is a three-star recruit who is considered the No. 20 prospect in Virginia this year. He chose Virginia Tech over offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia, and could switch positions once he arrives on campus.
WR Mark Irick (6-4, 185 pounds) – From Calhoun County High in St. Matthews, S.C., the same school that produced South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffrey, Irick committed to Virginia Tech in July. Recruited by quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain, Irick is a three-star recruit who is considered the No. 24 prospect out of South Carolina this year. The receiver chose Virginia Tech over an offer from Kentucky.
TE Dakota Jackson(6-3, 250 pounds) – From Northside High in Roanoke, Jackson committed to Virginia Tech last March and then led his school to an undefeated regular season. Recruited by offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring, Jackson is a three-star recruit who is rated as the No. 17 prospect in Virginia this year. He caught 22 passes for 360 yards and also played defensive end this past season.
OL Jack Willenbrock(6-2, 260 pounds) – From Downingtown East High in Exton, Pa., Willenbrock is a teammate of Hokies running back commit Drew Harris. Recruited by Shane Beamer, Willenbrock is a three-star recruit who committed to Virginia Tech in May. A two-star recruit, he chose the Hokies over offers from Temple and Tulane.
RB Jerome Wright(6-1, 220 pounds) – From Highland Springs High outside Richmond, a school coached by former Virginia Tech defensive back Loren Johnson, Wright committed to Virginia Tech back in December. Recruited by Shane Beamer, he is a three-star recruit who played both running back and linebacker this past season, his first playing high school football. Wright, who was home-schooled previously, is expected to take a grayshirt and enroll at Virginia Tech next January. He rushed for 607 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had 37 tackles and two sacks this past season.
OL Augie Conte (6-4, 265 pounds) – Conte, from Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School in Powhatan, Va., committed to Virginia Tech after receiving a scholarship offer following a July recruiting camp. Recruited by Shane Beamer, Conte picked the Hokies over offers from Virginia and Maryland and could take a grayshirt to delay his enrollment until at least January 2013. He, too, was home-schooled through his sophomore year of high school.
WR Thomas Smith (6-4, 200 pounds) – From Lafayette High in Williamsburg, Va., Smith committed to Virginia Tech back in July. Recruited by offensive line coach Curt Newsome, Smith could be a grayshirt candidate that attends Fork Union Military Academy for a year. He is considered a three-star recruit and had 36 catches for 843 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season.
OL Adam Taraschke(6-5, 270 pounds) – From Riverbend High in Fredericksburg, Taraschke impressed Virginia Tech’s coaches at a July recruiting camp and quickly accepted an offer from the Hokies a week after leaving Blacksburg. Recruited by defensive coordinator Bud Foster, Taraschke is rated as a two-star recruit and could take a gray shirt this coming season.