Oct 12, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter in the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Lane Stadium. The Hokies defeated Pitt 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech's Pursuit of Class of 2015 ILB Tanner Karafa

The Virginia Tech Hokies haven’t had the fastest start on recruiting for the Class of 2015 but their success with recruiting defensive players hasn’t been too bad. Four-star defensive back commit Mook Reynolds is the gem of the class so far as Reynolds has been impressive at many camps which has allowed him to become a four-star recruit. Three-star OLB Carson Lydon is currently the Hokies’ only commit at the linebacker position though this could definitely change over the next few weeks.

Tanner Karafa is a three-star inside linebacker out of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia and projects to be one of those guys to watch in the fall as a guy who could really rise up many recruiting boards. One of the things that intrigues many analysts and coaches including myself is his size at 6-3 and somewhere from 230 to 240 pounds. Karafa already has the size that you want for an inside linebacker though teams will have to figure out if the weight he has is all muscle or if some of it is fat.

One of the other things that fascinates coaches is his instincts and tackling skills with 247 Sports rating those as a 7 out of 10. Tanner Karafa already has above-average size for the position and with the quality football instincts, Karafa is a player that could be really dangerous after a year or two of development. This also sounds like a player who could see his recruiting stock take off after his senior high school season.

For the Hokies, that might mean they could make a big steal.

Right now, Virginia Tech is the frontrunner in the pursuit of Tanner Karafa and is one of the few major programs that has offered Karafa. Kentucky and Virginia are two other notable programs that have offered Karafa scholarships and the Wildcats definitely are a lurking contender. Another one is Penn State as despite the fact that the Nittany Lions haven’t offered Karafa, the linebacker has made an unofficial visit to Penn State. The Hokies definitely are the favorites but nothing ever seems completely certain in recruiting.

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