Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Blacksburg should be an easy sell to recruits after a second straight ACC title, a FedEx Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati and the program's fifth straight 10-win season.
With an abundance of youth on offense, the staff's biggest recruiting needs were on defense. The Hokies wanted to lure in some defensive linemen in this class, particularly defensive ends. They'll miss Orion Martin at that position, and his backup, Nekos Brown, will be a senior. The coaches were pleased with inside linebackers Brett Warren and Purnell Sturdivant, both of whom played very well in the Orange Bowl and will graduate.
With the departure of cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris, the staff also made defensive backs a priority, especially corners.
Offensively, Virginia Tech always likes to sign a great tailback, and as many tight ends as possible because they can be moved around a lot. On the offensive line, everyone returns but Nick Marshman and center Ryan Shuman.
With the departure of Sean Glennon and not much depth behind Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies are still looking to add another quarterback to the roster. Place-kicker Dustin Keys had a strong season in his first and final year as a starter and will leave another vacancy that needs to be filled with this recruiting class.