While no matter what the circumstances are, college football programs make quarterbacks a point of interest every year, no matter how comfortable the future of that position may look. Then, you have a case such as what Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies are facing following the 2013 season.
After this upcoming campaign is over, three-year starting QB Logan Thomas will be departing Blacksburg. Whatever your feelings may towards Thomas’ inconsistent play, he has been their best option. But, again, this will be the last year that he can be that option. So now, it’s time to look at new ones for down the road. And, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Hokies host one of the best options in the nation.
David Cornwell, the number-one rated pro-style QB prospect in the country (according to 247Sports), has been on the Virginia Tech campus this week.
Virginia Tech tomorrow and Wednesday #Hokies
— DC5 (@DavidCornwell5) June 11, 2013
Now, as it stands at the moment, Cornwell may indeed be a long shot for Beamer, but a shot nonetheless. The Norman, Oklahoma product has heavy offerings from the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, and Tennessee Volunteers.
Cornwell would be a fantastic fit in the Virginia Tech run-heavy offense. At 6-5 and 230-pounds, with mobility to go along with his strong pocket presence as well, Cornwell eventually taking over the VT offense would almost be like a Thomas clone. If the Hokies can show this year that they are on their way to curing the rushing woes they showed last season, the young man would have a lot of room to thrive in the system. Emphasis on the rush can open up a world of possibilities for someone with his skill-set.
Virginia Tech might not be able to beat Alabama on the field come Aug. 31. But, can they outlast them for the top-rated QB in the country?