Virginia Tech football jumps into Way Too Early Top 25 rankings

The Hokies crack one of what should be many Top 25 rankings ahead of the 2024 season.

Oct 14, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Jaylin Lane (83) scores
Oct 14, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Jaylin Lane (83) scores / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Year 3 of the Brent Pry at Virginia Tech, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the Hokies football program. Taking over for former coach Justin Fuente, Pry was given the task of rebuilding a once-proud program that had hit rock-bottom in a lot of ways under Fuente and it was thought that it might take some time to get the excitement back around the program.

It took all of two seasons under Pry for fans to look forward to a season that could be a special one and now the national media is taking notice. ESPN ranked Virginia Tech No. 1 in terms of returning production for 2024 and now a National College Football writer has them ranked in his way-too-early Top 25 for next season.

Virginia Tech cracks way-too-early Top 25

Brad Crawford of 247Sports released his way-too-early Top 25 for the 2024 season, an updated version, and the Hokies were one of two teams, along with Texas A&M, to crack the new poll at No. 23.

Offensively, Pry returns most of his players that made a big impact last season with quarterback Kyron Drones, runningback Bhayshul Tuten, and wide receivers Jaylin Lane, Stephen Gosnell, and Da'Quan Felton coming back, as is Ali Jennings who impressed in the season-opener only to suffer a season-ending injury in Week 2 against Purdue.

Defensively Virginia Tech returns Antwaun Powell-Ryland along the defensive line with Josh Fuga and they added transfers Aeneas Peebles from Duke, Kelvin Gilliam from Oklahoma, and Kemari Copeland from Iowa Western Community College. In the secondary, Mansoor Delane and Dorian Strong return and they also added Sam Brumfield in the transfer portal from Middle Tennessee State to play along with returner Keonta Jenkins.

There is no doubt that the Hokies with their schedule and returning talent that if they remain healthy, should be a Top 25 all season long and it will be fun to see how things play out in what could be a special season in Blacksburg.