The Virginia Tech Hokies have gained some momentum on the recruiting trail with the Hokies having a run of three commits in three days with high three-star QB Hendon Hooker, and three-star LBs Aundre Kearny and Rayshard Ashby joining four-star DE Tyjuan Garbutt and three-star DB Devante Smith.
That class may not stay that small much longer and it may be a big time 757 defensive tackle that could join the group.
— yeti27™ (@ekm2781) April 10, 2016
Four-star DT Eric Crosby of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia has named Virginia Tech and Tennessee his finalists after visiting Blacksburg this past weekend. Crosby visited Blacksburg this past weekend and has no plans of taking another visit before he makes his decision on April 22nd.
Crosby is seen nationally as one of the top 10 defensive tackle recruits with ESPN ranking him ninth among DTs, the 247 Sports Composite ranking him sixth, and Rivals ranking him eighth. Crosby is a top recruit in the Commonwealth and nationally with ESPN ranking him as the fourth best in Virginia and 120th nationally, Rivals ranking him sixth in the Commonwealth and 124th nationally, and the 247 Sports Composite ranking him third in Virginia and 110th nationally.
Crosby has 19 offers from most top programs east of the Mississippi River, but the Hokies and Volunteers have been the favorites for awhile so seeming these two schools be the finalists isn’t a surprise.
Virginia Tech might be about five hours away from the 757 in driving time, but the Hokies are still the powerhouse in-state school, and Justin Fuente has been making a hard push in the 757 since taking over for Frank Beamer. Zohn Burden has been the primary recruiter for Crosby, and knows that getting Crosby can be the beginning of a statement that Burden is a recruiting force in the 757.
Tennessee has the advantage of being in the SEC, but the fact that the ACC has put two teams in the College Football Playoff in two years may make that argument slightly weaker. Both schools have plenty of talent at defensive tackle though the Hokies depth is slightly older, leaving the door open for Crosby to potentially start sooner in Blacksburg than Knoxville.
Right now, indications point towards the Hokies having momentum with Crosby’s family being comfortable with the Virginia Tech staff. That same staff comfort hasn’t been that consistent for the Tennessee staff, which may be a not-so-good sign of things to come due to some of the controversy surrounding domestic violence issues with former players.
Overall, things seem to be neck-and-neck between Virginia Tech and Tennessee for four-star DT Eric Crosby. With his decision less than two weeks away, expect Justin Fuente, Butch Jones, and both teams’ coaches to be making the big, final push to close the deal and get him to their school.