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Virginia Tech Recruiting Analysis (2014-20)

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Recruiting, recruiting, everyone loves to talk recruiting! Every year since I’ve been at TOM, I’ve released a “Recruiting Rewind,” which focuses on a specific year and how its recruits developed (or didn’t) during their collegiate careers. That article is always well-received and puts college wrestling into perspective for some. Building on that, let’s look team-by-team at how some of the country’s top programs have fared on the recruiting trail and pick out some of the strengths and tendencies. 

Today we’re delving into a Virginia Tech program that has firmly established themselves as a consistent threat to win an ACC crown each year and have been a mainstay in the top-15 for most of the last decade. During that time, the Hokies have registered plenty of program firsts, winning their first NCAA team trophy in 2016, producing their first individual national champion in 2019, and watching a wrestler earn All-American honors four times. 

The Hokies Class of 2020 was ranked eighth in the nation by TOM, which marked the third time in the last four years that Virginia Tech cracked the top-eight. They were fourth in 2019 and eighth again in 2017. With a pair of top-50 recruits aboard already in the current senior class, Tech is on their way to another excellent Class in 2021. 

Here are Virginia Tech’s top recruits from the high school classes of 2014-2020. While there were obviously more signings during each year, these were the ones with the most pre-college credentials and expectations. The numbers next to each name denote their final, overall ranking in their respective class. Classes from 2018-20 are via TOM, while the years before that are from my old D1CW site. We’ve also noted some key transfers that were added, too. 

2020

#13 Hunter Catka (Sun Valley, PA)

#26 Sam Hillegas (North Hills, PA)

#32 Clayton Ulrey (Lower Dauphin, PA)

#48 Eddie Ventresca (Pope John XXIII, NJ)

#113 Sam Fisher (Fauquier, VA)

#143 Koby Allred (Great Bridge, VA)

2019

#17 Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, OH)  Redshirted 2019-20

#22 Bryce Andonian (St. Edward, OH)  NCAA qualifier; ACC runner-up

#40 Sam Latona (Thompson, AL)  Redshirted 2019-20

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