Bucky Hodges announced on twitter Wednesday evening that he will be returning for his senior season for Virginia Tech.
Bucky Hodges has passed up on his opportunity to enter the NFL draft, deciding to return to the Virginia Tech football team for his senior season. He sent out a tweet at 5:39 PM this past Wednesday saying “Staying another year in Blacksburg let’s make history!!! #hokienation“.
This is a huge announcement for the Hokies. Hodges is listed as a tight end, but he’s been lined up as slot receiver rather frequently, and with his stature, he usually has a size advantage over the smaller defensive backs. Hodges is tied for 8th all time in receiving TD’s for the Hokies. Hodges, coupled with rising junior Isiah Ford (5th all time in receiving TD’s) could be a very dangerous combination for the Hokies next year. With Hodges return, it means that over 90% of Virginia Tech’s skill position players will be back, giving Justin Fuente a nice batch of experienced players to introduce his ways of coaching to.
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To make the Virginia Tech receiving corps look even more dangerous, the Hokies have a commitment from the #22 WR in the class, Divine Deablo. At 6’4″ and 205 pounds, he’ll add more size and be another threat for whoever is behind center to use.
According to ESPN’s class rankings, Virginia Tech’s recruiting class is currently ranked 36th in the country, and 7th in the ACC, behind Florida State, Clemson, Miami (Fl), Duke, North Carolina, and Louisville.
There are still a ton of recruits that need to commit, as well as previously committed players that could change their minds before signing day on Wednesday, February 3rd, so things could definitely get shaken up as far as the rankings are concerned. Justin Fuente has only had two days for personal visits, so we’ll see what kind of recruiter he is in the coming weeks.