Oct 23, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) carries the american flag on to the field before the game at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have emerged as one of the top contenders just like the Miami Hurricanes with the Hokies having a mini surge and stabilizing. The contingent of analysts that think Cager will be a Hokie has been pretty solid while the group that supported Miami has had a much larger fluctuation.
The Hokies have proven that they are willing to give freshman receivers a chance especially after having Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips be the two starting wide receivers for much of the season. Ford and Phillips were also very productive this past fall and Cager might also be able to make a big, early impact.
The Hokies also have a lot of momentum all of a sudden after Tim Settle committed to Virginia Tech. Kendall Sheffield committing to Alabama may have been the biggest commitment of the Under Armour All-American Game, but Settle to Virginia Tech comes in second and is a big recruiting boost.
Virginia Tech has the proximity to home advantage over all of the other top finalists which is probably biggest against Miami given that they play very similar schedules. However, the Hokies have had a few down seasons which hurts but all of the young talent that is returning has to help.
Virginia Tech definitely has a shot, but they aren’t the favorites for Cager.
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