Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive players line up against Virginia Tech Hokies offensive players in the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been building a strong recruiting class with one of the strengths being the numerous offensive line commits. The Hokies are building offensive line depth while they also have one player who could definitely start next season at left tackle in 4-star recruit Austin Clark. The Hokies have also gained some recruiting momentum due to the decision of Clark to flip his commitment from South Carolina to Virginia Tech.
Now, the Hokies have even more depth on the offensive line.
3-star D’Andre Plantin of Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia has become the Hokies’ 21st commit from the Class of 2015. Plantin has the versatility to play on either side of the line but the Hokies have recruited him to play offensive line. Plantin will likely start out at offensive tackle but it wouldn’t surprise me if he makes the shift to offensive guard before the start of the 2015 season though that is far from being certain.
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Plantin is a fairly big unknown that has just recently gotten some grades from major sites including 247 Sports which rated him as a three-star prospect. Plantin is fairly well built as 6-5, 277 pounds and seems to have a frame where he could add about 20 to 30 pounds of muscle.
One of the biggest things with this commitment is the fact that the Hokies have another recruiting class full of offensive linemen. After the previous class had three offensive linemen, this class has 5 offensive linemen. The Hokies are building tons of depth which will help them build a quality offensive line which is currently the Hokies’ biggest issue.
To get Plantin, the Hokies beat out Illinois which was a slightly bigger challenge than you would think. Stacy Searels did a very good job pursuing Plantin and is proving to be a strong recruiter for the Hokies. The one potential concern could be Georgia Tech if they offer him a scholarship but Plantin seems like a very solid commit.
D’Andre Plantin is another strong addition to a recruiting class that could be one of the best ever for the Hokies depending on the decisions of a few 4 and 5-star recruits.