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Josh Jackson started all 13 games at quaterback for Virginia Tech last season.

With the Josh Jackson situation resolved, I can head on vacation Friday with some relative peace of mind and no big story still hanging over my head, which will be nice.

Because I'm taking some time off, I'm moving this week's Hokies mailbag to Thursday, so send in your questions either via email at andy.bitter@roanoke.com or compose your question in a tweet to @AndyBitterVT.

No podcast this week, unfortunately, since Aaron McFarling is getting his vacation time in this week as well, but here's a Wednesday grab bag to tide you over.

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1. What does the Josh Jackson being resolved positively mean for Virginia Tech?

For starters, they have their starter back. My understanding is Jackson doesn't face any type of impending suspension in the aftermath of this whole ordeal -- suggesting he didn't do anything wrong in the first place -- and should be good to go when the Hokies take on Florida State in the opener. Heading into a hostile environment with some experience under center is not a bad thing.

But it's also important down the roster. Neither Ryan Willis nor Hendon Hooker has taken a snap in a game for Virginia Tech. Willis has some experience from his time at Kansas, but this probably allows both of them to continue their progression on the practice field first (assuming Jackson is indeed the starter come fall).

Furthermore, you can probably put to bed the idea of Quincy Patterson II doing anything other than redshirting this fall. If he had to be a third-string quarterback, perhaps you get him some snaps while keeping him under the new redshirt threshold just in case. But if he's the fourth guy in line, this can very much just be a developmental year for him out of the spotlight. That might not be what fans eager to see their new prized signee want to hear, but for the long-term health of a program, it's best to give quarterbacks as much time as possible being throwing them into action and, from a roster standpoint, smart to separate the classes of quarterbacks as much as possible with use of the redshirt.

2. It's Adonis Alexander's Pro Day at Virginia Tech.

Alexander will work out for pro scouts at the Hokies' indoor facility today, though it's closed to the media. He's got meetings set up with teams as well, according to his agent:

Alexander sounds like he has a good shot of being selected in the NFL"s supplemental draft next month. Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports projects the cornerback as possibly going anywhere from the 5th to 7th round. He scouted Alexander like this:

"Tall, man-to-man cornerback who has experience making plays on the football in zone coverage. Being as tall as he is, Alexander lacks ideal change-of-direction skills and has a tendency to watch the quarterback for too long, a combination which makes him susceptible to routes with multiple cuts or double moves. His 2016 film was much better than 2017. Not slow but certainly wouldn't be labeled as a speedy cornerback. Has moments of good, willing run-support, but he's not consistent in that area. Big plus is obviously his length, which will allow him to get his hands on some passes when there's separation. Will struggle with faster and/or quicker wide receivers at the next level. Needs to almost solely cover larger, outside wideouts in the NFL."

Alexander didn't have the greatest 2017 and he's got to alleviate concerns NFL teams will have for several off-field issues, but in the end, he's still a 6-foot-3, 200-pound cornerback. Some team will probably take a chance.

3. The Hokies have been on a bit of a roll on the recruiting trail.

Tech has gotten commitments in the last two days from Florida defensive lineman Norell Pollard and Pennsylvania tight end Nick Gallo, a pair of three-star prospects. Yes, Nick is the younger brother of former Hokies center Eric Gallo.

That's four commitments this month and 10 in the class for the Hokies, who have the No. 26 class in the country right now using 247 Sports' composite rankings.

It seemed like Georgia offensive lineman Riley Simonds was going to be the next commitment, though the 247 Sports crystal ball veered toward Florida in the last 24 hours, usually a good sign that some inside info has leaked. He announces his decision today.

Virginia Beach athlete Tayvion Robinson looks like he will announce his decision Sunday. The three-star athlete has Virginia Tech, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia in his final six. His crystal ball is 100 percent Hokies right now.

4. Zohn Burden will be a part of the NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship again this year with the Chargers.

This is per Bruce Feldman of The Athletic:

The Hokies' running backs coach took part in the career development program last year as well, spending time no the Redskins' staff last July, which sounds like it was quite helpful. This sounds like it's nothing but a good thing for both him and the Hokies.

Contact Andy Bitter at andy.bitter@roanoke.com or 381-1676. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyBitterVT.

 

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