Just to be all honest and stuff up front, there aren't a ton of changes to this week's edition of the recruiting board. There are some, but the main thing is all the star ratings that've been updated. The services are getting this done noticeably earlier this year. Normally I don't start recruit profiles til June, but I may get a head start this time.
This will also be a good excuse for me to post the updated football depth chart. Don't panic about all the red; it's just guys who're out for the spring. There's a lot of 'em, though.
Here are the board updates:
-- Added OT Sadiq Olanrewaju to orange. Yay? Yay! Olanrewaju is a high three-star to Rivals who got his first offer - from UVA - last week, and that was immediately followed by a host of others. Dude is a very solid start to the OL class, which doesn't need to be very big. Three is the bare minimum for any O-line class, and we can get away with that. If we get Mike McGlinchey I'd be a happy camper and we could take Bozo the Clown as the third guy for all I care. Or.....
-- Added OL Braxton Pfaff and LB Oren Burks to green. .......we could just gobble up all the instate guys like Pfaff and Parker Osterloh. Why would this be fun? Because VT is at Code Red status on O-linemen. Their 2010 class was pretty good in that regard, but they've taken four total between 2011 and 2012, and two of them were lightly-regarded two-star types. The Hokies NEED linemen, and they know it. Pfaff and Osterloh, along with Donta Wilkins, are among the better instate linemen in another down year for that position in the state, so just to be dicks we should take them all.
-- Moved OT Marcell Lazard and WR Zach Bradshaw from red to yellow.
-- Removed ATH David Prince from red. Prince was a Hokie all the way, so much so that his Rivals picture was taken on the sideline at Lane Stadium. Hence why he was in the red section. No biggie.
One last thing: Everything I know about this is behind paywalls, so I can't get all specific on you, BUT....Tony Bennett did allude, this week, to "acquisitions" via the transfer route. The way things look now, what with us being way, way under the scholarship limit and it not being very wise to take enormous recruiting classses to fix that (because two-thirds of them then transfer out, leaving you in the same place you were before) I would call it just shy of a guarantee that we get us a transfer player in the next month. It could be a point guard or it could be a big man, but it's almost certain we'll go that route. No, I don't know who exactly it might be, and neither does anyone else really, it's just that all signs point that way.