Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry continues to destroy this narrative

Recruiting is booming for the Hokies head coach entering his third year in charge in Blacksburg.
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When Virginia Tech officially announced that Brent Pry was going to be the next head coach of the Hokies, replacing Justin Fuente, the former Penn State defensive coordinator knew one area he needed to make huge strides in if he was going to turn the program around.

Under Fuente, Virginia Tech lost out on a lot of in-state recruits who left the Commonwealth to play college football in other states at Power 5 programs. If Pry and his staff were going to turn things around, hitting it big recruiting in Virginia and overall needed to improve.

Over the last year, you can see the strides being made and it’s clear that recruiting in Virginia and in general is hitting the ground running fast and Pry is continuing to destroy the narrative that Virginia Tech can't get the in-state recruits to stay.

Virginia Tech bringing in talented 2024 recruiting class

According to 247Sports, Virginia Tech’s 2024 recruiting class received the highest ranking in school history with the highest average recruiting rankings since they started tracking national recruiting data.

The Class of 2024 for the Hokies is ranked 46th in the 247Sports Composite Class Ranking, but the class generated an 88.14 average with the 16 recruits Pry has coming in. Last season the Hokies Class of 2023 averaged 86.44.

Virginia Tech is high on wide receivers Chanz Wiggins and Keylen Adams, as well as defensive lineman Emmett Laws and linebacker Gabriel Williams. How much of an impact those players make in 2024 remains to be seen, but they will certainly be in the mix in camp to push for snaps early in the season.

Looking ahead to the Class of 2025, Virginia Tech got a pair of commitments last week from, in-state recruits Jayden Anderson, a wide receiver, and linebacker Knahlij Harrell, two teammates from Virginia Beach. Pry also already had commitments from Christiansburg native Carter Stallard, an offensive lineman, and quarterback Kelden Ryan from Texas.

The recruiting in the state of Virginia is coming up big, as is recruiting in general. Along with the transfer portal additions, this is going to speed up the rebuild and it destroys a narrative of Pry that he and his staff could not get the big recruits in Virginia to stay home.