Virginia Tech Early Signing Day Chat

Tim Thomas

Early Signing Day is off and rolling so come hang with us today as the National Letters of Intent come in from Virginia Tech’s commits. Comment below and talk about your favorite commits, give your KJ Henry predictions, or ask us anything about the recruiting trail, we’ll be ready for it.

Here’s what we’re watching and where we stand

Storylines we’re watching

  • KJ Henry Decides: It’s decision day for five-star DE KJ Henry as he will announce this afternoon sometime around 4:20-4:30pm on ESPNU. Henry has his final 5 of Clemson, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama. The Tigers are the favorites, but the Hokies are the most likely pick if he doesn’t end up at Clemson. At this point, I’m leaning towards Clemson but that’s far from certain.
  • What will Anthony Grant do: Three-star RB and Tennessee commit Anthony Grant took an official visit to the Hokies last weekend that, from all we know, appears to have gone well. With the coaching change at Tennessee, the Hokies have sensed an opportunity here for Grant. The question now is what will Grant do? Will he stick with Tennessee? Will he flip to Virginia Tech? Will he wait till February to sign? Plenty of unknowns surround Grant’s recruitment entering today.
  • Will Javontae Jean-Baptiste Decide Today?: Four-star OLB/DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste visited Virginia Tech over the weekend, and all signs are that visit went well. However, it seems unlikely that he will sign today but if he were to, VT would likely be the school he signs with. If you’re looking for a potential surprise, this could be it.
  • Who doesn’t sign?: Recently, Justin Fuente had a clear message on what it means if a player doesn’t sign today. At this point, Braxton Clark is the only Hokie commit that we don’t expect to sign but if someone like Clark or anyone else doesn’t sign, what will happen? That remains to be seen.

Currently, 24 National Letters of Intent are in from the following players (in order)

  1. 3* ATH/QB Dejuan Ellis
  2. 3* DB Nadir Thompson
  3. 3* OG John Harris
  4. 4* S Chamarri Conner
  5. 3* LS Oscar Shadley
  6. 3* OT Walker Culver
  7. 3* CB Jermaine Waller
  8. 3* DB Nasir Peoples
  9. 3* OT Luke Tenuta
  10. 4* WR Darryle Simmons
  11. 3* ATH Armani Chatman
  12. 3* DT Joe Kane
  13. 4* LB Keshon Artis
  14. 3* OT Christian Darrisaw
  15. 3* TE James Mitchell
  16. 3* DE Eli Adams
  17. 3* RB Caleb Steward
  18. 4* CB Jeremy Webb
  19. 4* QB Quincy Patterson
  20. 3* RB Cole Beck
  21. 3* ATH Kaleb Smith (Preferred Walk-on)
  22. 3* CB DJ Crossen
  23. 4* WR Tre Turner
  24. 3* LB Alan Tisdale

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    Tim Thomas

    Interesting note here from Will Stewart of TechSideline on an Orlando Sentinel listing for Braxton Clark.
    Not sure what the situation is exactly but it appears Braxton Clark and the Hokies may have parted ways

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    Tim Thomas

    We're up to 19 commits now with Eli Adams, Caleb Steward, Jeremy Webb, and Quincy Patterson all in. We'll update the official list of signed players throughout the day today.

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    Tim Thomas

    Two more guys are in: Cole Beck and Kaleb Smith. As far as we know and according to a tweet from TechSideline's Ricky LaBlue, Smith is still a PWO

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    Tim Thomas

    Alan Tisdale is in for the Hokies. Cam Goode and James Graham are the only ones unsigned with rumors surrounding Graham and Georgia Tech.

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    Tim Thomas

    Based on their tweets, appears Rasheed Walker and Anthony Grant will not be signing today. Looks like Elijah Davis is also waiting. Davis doesn't currently have a VT offer but has lots of VT interest and is a guy to keep an eye on.