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Comparison: VTs QB Classes

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For the first time since 2010, Virginia Tech signed more than one quarterback on Feb. 6 signing day.
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But while each highly-rated quarterback has drawn plenty of attention this year, how do they compare with Hokies signees of the past?
Two quarterbacks currently with Virginia Tech weren't even listed as quarterbacks coming out of high school, which puts a bit of a twist in comparisons. But while senior-to-be
Thomas, a four-star from Brookville (Va.), was listed as the top tight end in the country in the 2009 class. But with his cannon of an arm, he might have been destined to play quarterback at the college level well before he decided on Virginia Tech. As the Hokies' starter for the past two seasons, Thomas will again lead the way this fall. Both Parker and Hodges could both be redshirted this season, giving them plenty of time to learn the new system of new offensive coordinator
Motley was listed as an athlete out of Christiansburg in last year's class, though like Thomas, he played predominantly at quarterback.
The quarterback position has had varied success for the Hokies.
Following Vick was his younger brother,
VT'S HIGHEST RATED QUARTERBACK SIGNEES
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No. 171 in the Rivals100, No. 10 pro-style QB, No. 10 in Virginia
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No. 71 in Rivals100, No. 1 tight end, No. 1 in Virginia
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No. 27 in Rivals100, No. 1 dual-threat QB, No. 1 in Virginia
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No. 3 dual-threat QB, No. 5 in Maryland
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No. 10 pro-style QB, No. 3 in Virginia
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No. 8 in Rivals100, No. 2 dual-threat QB, No. 1 in Virginia
Parker, from Statesville, NC has brought back the "next Michael Vick" tag this year. That came from coach
Rivals.com mid-atlantic analyst
"Parker says he wants to be a quarterback but when he lined up as a wide receiver or defensive back, his natural abilities were easy to see," Friedman said. "Parker is a great athlete and, with some work on his technique and footwork, he could become a really good cornerback."
Salem's (Va.) Hodges though has the highest ranking of the two, at No. 171 in the Rivals100. He's also widely talked about as having the stronger arm of the two. But how far behind will he be by arriving in Blacksburg this fall?
"We all know the success of this class will ultimately come down to Bucky Hodges," Rivals.com national analyst
It's far too early to tell if either will take the Hokies to where Michael Vick did, or even get back to where Taylor took them. But both Hodges and Parker have said repeatedly, they're ready for the competition.
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