With the Virginia Tech Hokies coming off of back to back disappointing years for the first time since 2002-2003, the team will need a great deal of impact from it's incoming freshman and redshirt freshman classes. The Hokies have been disappointing to it's fan base in recent yearsnwith an inability to bring in the top Virginia recruits including three top 10 players in the country DE Da'Shawn Hand (Alabama), DT Andrew Brown (Virginia) and S Quin Blanding (Virginia) in the 2013 Class. Virginia Tech has been able to prove under Frank Beamer and Bud Foster that they do not need a top ten recruiting class, instead they find players that come unheralded, but fit their system perfectly.
2013 true freshman CB Kendall Fuller from Good Counsel High School in MD was the biggest recruit the Hokies have gotten since Tyrod Taylor and he did not disappoint. Fuller had six interceptions while starting in 12 of 13 games and being arguably the most consistent player on an inconsistent defense. The 2013 Second Team All-ACC CB was not alone as an impact newcomer with fellow CB Brandon Facyson from Northgate High School in GA, coming in with five interceptions in nine starts and earning Third Team All-ACC honors himself.
On the offensive side of the ball, true freshman OT Jonathan McLaughlin from Mauldin High School in SC was the most pleasant surprise of the season. McLaughlin started in all 13 games including the season opener against Alabama and played on every offensive snap for the entire season. McLaughlin earned Second Team Freshman All-American Honors and should be a considered a top LT in the country going into his Sophomore year.
The Hokies will need instant impact from newcomers like they did last year if they don't want to struggle out of the gates again on September 6 when they visit the Horsehoe in Columbus to play the Ohio State Buckeyes. Here are just a few players that may need to impact the Hokies this year if they want to be back in BCS bowl game.