The Virginia Tech Hokies have been busy on the recruiting trail over the past few weeks with Justin Fuente and his staff sending out a lot of offers to 2017 recruits especially since the formal addition of Brian Mitchell to the staff as the cornerbacks coach. The Hokies are also now in the top group for one intriguing athlete from the state of Florida.
Jumbo athlete Jonathon MacCollister of Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Deland, Florida revealed his top 7 of Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Oregon, UCLA, Maryland, and UCF out of the 30 offers he has received so far. MacCollister also revealed this the position he plans on playing at the next level is tight end though MacCollister could still change and play on the offensive or defensive line.
MacCollister is ranked as a three-star jumbo athlete by all three sites with 247 Sports and Rivals listing him as a strong-side defensive end and ESPN listing him as a defensive tackle. Adjustments will be made to rank MacCollister as a tight end, but the Floridian seems to be a very talented athlete that should keep his mid three-star grade.
Virginia Tech has made tight end a priority in this recruiting cycle after not getting a single commit from a tight end in the past cycle in addition to the graduation of Ryan Malleck and transfer of Kalvin Cline. Galen Scott is the primary recruiter for MacCollister and TEs coach James Shibest will likely have increased involvement with MacCollister’s preference to play tight end.
Right now, it seems too early to make a real solid prediction, but this seems to be a national recruiting battle with schools like Oregon and UCLA involved along with local school UCF. MacCollister seems to be interested in being in an up-tempo offense like Oregon and Auburn already run and Virginia Tech and UCF are planning to run under their new head coaches.
As the hometown school, UCF has the potential to be a sleeper especially with some of their success only a few years ago with Blake Bortles and company before their quick down turn. Auburn and Tennessee also bring the SEC appeal that likely will intrigue MacCollister a lot while Virginia Tech will play some games in Florida and has its fair share of recruiting connections across the state of Florida.
Right now, Tennessee and Auburn are likely the early favorites, but the recruiting battle for Jonathon MacCollister already has the makings of a fairly unpredictable recruiting battle with schools from all across the nation having a chance at him.