Virginia Tech heads into the 2017 football season with depth concerns in several areas, but coach Justin Fuente has attempted to spin that negative into a positive. The Hokies should have plenty of opportunities to see what rookies might become stars down the road.
“There’s an element of need,” Virginia Tech coach Fuente said, according to Richmond.com. “There will be, this happens every year, guys you really wish you could redshirt that you just can’t. You just can’t. But certainly we don’t put guys out there if we don’t think they can handle it.”
On Wednesday, Fuente named four freshmen — wide receivers Kalil Pimpleton, Hezekiah Grimsley and Sean Savoy, along with linebacker Dylan Rivers — as potential first-year players who could see playing time in 2017. That increases the list of freshmen who might play for Virginia Tech to seven. Last Saturday, Fuente listed running back Jalen Holston, safety Devon Hunter and tight end Dalton Keene as freshmen he expects to see the field this fall.
Hunter has the greatest chance of making a significant impact as a freshman. Hunter was a 4-star prospect and the third-best safety in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also the highest-rated player in the 2017 Hokies recruiting class. Fuente says he will play on special teams first but then perhaps move into a role on defense.