Sunday, February 10, 2008

FOOTBALL RECRUITING REPORT CARD, PART 2

VIRGINIA TECH: B
One ESPN 150 prospect - TOP PROSPECT: Ryan Williams (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) is a great, shifty, workhorse back who should soon be ready to take the reigns from Brandon Ore. Frank Beamer should continue producing top-ranked defenses and excellent special teams with this talented class. Eddie Whitley (Matthews, N.C./Butler) fills a need and adds value at corner with his great size, range and potential to also play safety. Projected safety Lorenzo Williams (Fayetteville, N.C./Westover) possesses similar tools at defensive back. Projected end Dwight Tucker (Oviedo, Fla.) is a sleeper with vertical attacking speed. No. 14-rated inside linebacker Allen Stephens (South Boston, Va./Halifax County) is one of the more powerful between-the-tackles run stuffers in this class. Fellow linebacker Bruce Taylor (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) possesses size and straight-line closing speed. Offensive line was also addressed with 6-foot-6, 79-grade offensive tackles Vinston Painter (Norfolk, Va./Maury) and Nick Becton (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover).
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

NC STATE: B
Two ESPN 150 prospects
Tom O'Brien probably did not achieve the success he desired in his first-year at NC State, but off the field the former Boston College head coach built a quality recruiting class in 2008. Quarterback Mike Glennon (Centreville, Va./ Westfield) possesses the size, arm strength and quick release to excel as a college quarterback and the intangibles to lead a rebuilding program. ESPN's No. 8-rated athlete, Brandon Barnes (Bunn, NC), is a nice addition and will likely settle in at safety. Quality additions were made in the secondary, wide receiver and along the offensive front. Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

GEORGIA TECH: C+
No ESPN 150 prospects
The Yellow Jackets lost some key commits when Chan Gailey was fired, but former Navy coach Paul Johnson still inherited a solid class and filled down the stretch with his own personnel. Malcolm Munroe (Miami/Coral Reef) is a potential playmaker on defense projecting best as an outside linebacker. Three prospects with solid 77 Scouts Inc. grades and top-50 positional rankings will join Munroe, led by corner Jon Lockhart (Blounstown, Fla).

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