Four-star defensive end Tyjuan Garbutt has been the headline commit for the Virginia Tech Hokies for months now ever since he committed to the Hokies back in February. Garbutt had been fairly quiet with no reports of him going around and taking formal unofficial visits to other schools. However, some big news came today from Garbutt that is a surprise to say the least.
VT is still my leader!! pic.twitter.com/mLHejnxnv2
— Ty Glizzy 4️⃣ (@tyjuangarbutt4) July 6, 2016
Four-star DE Tyjuan Garbutt of Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia has decomitted from the Hokies but has also named Virginia Tech his leader. Garbutt had been the Hokies’ second-longest commit behind only three-star DB Devante Smith and really didn’t seem to be headed for a decommitment at this point.
Garbutt is ranked as the 300th best recruit by ESPN, 265th best recruit by the 247 Sports Composite, 230th best by 247 Sports, and 217th best by Rivals. Garbutt was also ranked as a top 11 recruit in Virginia by ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals with ESPN ranking him as the 23rd best DE, Rivals ranking him as the 11th best weakside DE, the 247 Sports Composite ranking him as the 18th best weakside DE, and 247 Sports ranking him 17th among weakside DEs.
Despite Garbutt not really swaying publicly about his commitment, he has faced some pressure from those close to him.
FWIW, Garbutt's HS coach has been pushing him to Pitt for a long time now.
— Chris Coleman (@ChrisColemanTSL) July 6, 2016
While the Hokies do seem to still be in a good position, Pittsburgh has clearly made a move while schools like Oklahoma and Michigan State can’t be ruled out. More offers could also come in now that Garbutt has decomitted though for the biggest schools, being committed to Virginia Tech likely wouldn’t have stopped them.
The pressure is on Bud Foster, Garbutt’s primary recruiter, to get Garbutt back in the fold as losing him to Pittsburgh would be an embarrassment for VT on the recruiting trail given that Garbutt is a top in-state guy that the Hokies made a priority in an area that did not see a change in primary recruiter with the staff change.
It is also possible that Garbutt wanted to take more than one official visit just to Virginia Tech and that his decommitment is to explore his options. The fact that Virginia Tech is still his leader is a good sign and it still seems that the Hokies have a very good chance of bringing him back. However, this is not an ideal situation but you can bet that Justin Fuente, Bud Foster, and Charley Wiles will all be making the hard push to get Garbutt back in the fold along with trying to get 757 four-star DE Jordan Williams.
Today is definitely disappointing for Hokie fans with the decommitment of their previously top-ranked commit Tyjuan Garbutt.