Coming off their most abysmal season in 20 years, Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies are looking to make some big changes to get the program back on track come next fall. One of those changes was the hiring of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, and even though Grimes has yet to prove his success on the gridiron in Blacksburg, he has already placed an impressive footprint on the recruiting trail. And not unlike Michigan’s starting ‘fab 5′ freshman during their run in the 1992 NCAA Tournament, the Hokies’ brand new o-line coach has reeled in his own ‘fab 5,’ which include five Class of 2014 lineman recruits Grimes recruited himself.
The lone center of the five, Gallo was the first to commit and could be their most important. Should he start at center in the near future for the Hokies, he will be a great replacement for current starter Andrew Miller, who is entering his senior year. He may be the smallest of the group at 6-3/280, but Gallo has all the qualities to be a solid starter on the line.
Though he is 6-5/250, Tyrell Smith impressed VT coaches mainly with his raw athleticism, which could land him anywhere on the o-line. He will have to work on his overall strength to be a consistent starter for the Hokies, but with help from coaches Smith could end up as one of the most underrated lineman in the 2014 class.
Billy Ray Mitchell
As the best pass blocker of the group, Billy Ray Mitchell stands at 6-5/285 and a sure fire future starter for V-Tech. Like Smith, his overall strength may be the only thing keeping him away from turning elite, but look for that to change quickly as Mitchell will be one of the most anticipated recruits coming to campus in 2014.
Eight days after Mitchell’s commit and a day after visiting Blacksburg, Jeff Grimes and the Hokies got their fourth o-line recruit from the 6-4/250 guard Colt Pettit. Unlike Mitchell and Smith, Pettit’s strengths lie in his run blocking ability, and could prove to be one of the key factors in getting the VT running game back on track.
Although he was considered a Kentucky lean throughout most of his recruiting process, Brady Taylor completed the ‘Fab 5’ after commiting to Virginia Tech earlier today (7/29/13). Taylor brings an incredible amount of size and athleticism to the table, and is the best run blocker of the five.
Acquiring these five offensive line recruits showed that the hiring of Jeff Grmies was no mistake. For now, avid Virginia Tech fans (like me) can only dream of the success the five can bring, but the Hokies have an extroidinary amount of potential to prosper under their new ‘Fab 5.’