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Position-By-Position 2018 and 2019 Breakdown

Class of 2018

Predictions

3* RB Cole Beck-Virginia Tech: Last night, three-star RB Cole Beck, the best recruit out of Blacksburg in years, received a Virginia Tech offer. While Beck did have a top 5 previously of Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and ECU; it’s very hard not seeing Beck end up with the Hokies. While there’s a chance that VT not offering earlier could hurt their chances, that seems quite unlikely also. (August 6th, 2017)

4* DT Alim McNeill-NC State: Four-star DT Alim McNeill recently told us that NC State leads (as he also told HighSchoolOT.com) with the Wolfpack, Hokies, and UNC recruiting him the hardest. Right now, McNeill appears to be trending towards staying in his hometown of Raleigh and join teammate Trent Pennix on NC State. For VT to have a chance, they need to get him on campus for an official visit with it being most likely that they’re targeting the showdown with Clemson as the prime weekend for an official. However, it’s currently hard to see McNeill not ending up at NC State. (August 4th, 2017)

3* WR Bryce Thompson-South Carolina: Three-star WR Bryce Thompson seems bound to stay in-state and play for South Carolina after decommitting from the Hokies several weeks ago. Throughout his commitment to VT, the Gamecocks lurked as a school to watch to try and flip Thompson and it appears very likely that they will gain his commitment at the end of this month with VT’s WR efforts focused on Daniel George. (July 16th, 2017)

3* CB Donte Burton-Notre Dame: Three-star CB Donte Burton visited Notre Dame recently and the Fighting Irish have emerged as the favorite for the Georgia cornerback. With numbers getting very tight in Blacksburg, the Hokies have faded away in Burton’s recruitment as it seems likely that Burton will end up with the Irish. (July 16th, 2017)

4* CB Kalon Gervin-Virginia Tech: Four-star CB Kalon Gervin told us that he plans to make a decision by the end of the month with Virginia Tech and Oregon recruiting him the hardest, and Gervin set to only take one more visit this month to Blacksburg for the Hokies’ big barbecue. National trends have been pointing to the Hokies while there is a decent amount of confidence in Blacksburg with Gervin. That confidence combined with VT’s positioning to get Gervin’s last visit before his decision makes us believe that for now, there is a very good chance he ends up in Blacksburg. (July 8th, 2017)

3* RB Mataeo Durant-Duke: Three-star South Carolina RB Mataeo Durant will announce his commitment Saturday and it seems most likely that he ends up at Duke. It’s unknown if the Hokies have room for another RB this class after getting Caleb Steward with numbers being tight with scholarships this cycle. Academics are also a very high priority for Durant and that makes turning down Duke even harder though VT and Wake Forest can’t be completely ruled out. (July 4th, 2017) Update: Durant commits to Duke on July 8th, 2017.

4* TE Kyle Pitts-Florida: Virginia Tech has made a large push to get talented four-star TE Kyle Pitts, but a visit to Florida has proven huge in Pitts’ recruitment, making Florida the heavy favorites with it appearing that Pitts is approaching a decision. While VT commits like Quincy Patterson and teammate Nasir Peoples will definitely be continuing to push hard for Pitts alongside the Hokies’ coaching staff, it’s very likely now that Pitts will end up a Gator. (June 28th, 2017) Update: Pitts commits to Florida on July 20th, 2017.

3* OT Jordan McFadden-Virginia Tech: Three-star OT Jordan McFadden is getting close to a decision with McFadden telling us that Virginia Tech leads in his recruitment. We’ll have more on McFadden soon but after a great Hokies’ visit and “alright” Duke visit, VT appears poise to land another one of their long-time top offensive line targets. (June 25th, 2017) Update: McFadden committed to Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2017.

3* RB Anthony Grant-Tennessee: Virginia Tech and Tennessee have been among the top contenders for three-star RB Anthony Grant but all indications are that Tennessee is trending for the Georgia RB. Grant’s 247 Crystal Ball has been trending the Vols’ way while Grant’s Twitter also points towards Tennessee with lots of recent attention given to the Vols by Grant. Virginia Tech will definitely keep making a hard push for him and can’t be ruled out yet, but Tennessee has become the heavy favorite for now. (June 24th, 2017) Update: Grant committed to Tennessee on June 25th, 2017.

3* RB Caleb Steward-Virginia Tech: Jacksonville RB Caleb Steward has flown under-the-radar regionally and nationally despite the fact that he has been a top RB target for Virginia Tech now for a couple months. Steward visited the Hokies this past week and from what we are hearing, Virginia Tech seems confident in their pursuit of Steward. On top of that, VT is the biggest football program to make his top 5 with the only in-state school being Group of 5 USF while VT also has another Jacksonville player committed in Chamarri Conner. Right now, it’s hard seeing Steward end up anywhere other than Blacksburg. (June 17th, 2017) Update: Steward committed to Virginia Tech on July 4th, 2017.

3* ATH Nadir Thompson-Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech has been making a strong push for Nadir Thompson even while he was committed to NC State, and Thompson told us recently that the Hokies are his leader. UVA and UNC appear to be the largest challengers though UNC isn’t among those pushing the hardest for him while UVA doesn’t have the same football prestige as the Hokies. Thompson seems very likely to end up in Blacksburg with it being possible that the Hokies could seal the deal this weekend with the three-star athlete set to visit Blacksburg. (June 13th, 2017) Update: Thompson committed to Virginia Tech on June 15th, 2017.

3* OT Blake Zubovic-Pittsburgh: Three-star OT Blake Zubovic released his top 5 today which did include Virginia Tech. While the Hokies do have some interest from Zubovic, the Pittsburgh area native seems to be heavily leaning towards home with us hearing that the Panthers are the favorite and the 247 Sports Crystal Ball also agreeing with that assessment. Virginia Tech may still have some time to make a move but not a lot with Zubovic planning to announce at the end of the month. At this point, Zubovic seems likely to end up at Pitt though the Hokies likely won’t give up the fight for him just yet. (June 5th, 2017) Update: Zubovic committed to Pittsburgh on June 14th, 2017.

3* CB DJ Crossen-Virginia Tech: Three-star CB DJ Crossen tweeted out that he will make his commitment on June 9th (updated: Crossen will commit on June 8th at 2:30pm) and decide between Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Crossen chose UNC over VT last August before decommitting from UNC in late January. VT appears to be the favorite with it being rare for a school to regain a decommit along with the 247 Crystal Ball overwhelmingly favoring VT while VT also has new commit Tre Turner pushing hard especially with the duo being longtime friends. While UNC definitely has a shot, Crossen seems very likely to choose Virginia Tech this time and give the Hokies arguably their top cornerback target. (May 31st, 2017) Update: Crossen committed to Virginia Tech on June 8th, 2017.

OT Gabriel Gonzalez-Virginia Tech: While Virginia Tech just offered NC OT Gabriel Gonzalez this past week, it already seems clear that Gonzalez is very high on the Hokies with VT shooting right up into the top group in his recruitment. We have more on this here but with the Hokies now hopping in his recruitment and offering him, VT is now the favorites to get the athletic offensive tackle and it wouldn’t be surprising if VT even Gonzalez sometime over the summer. (May 26th, 2017) Update: Gonzalez committed to NC State on June 24th, 2017.

3* LB Alan Tisdale-Virginia Tech: Earlier this spring, TechSideline.com reported that Virginia Tech led for four-star LB Alan Tisdale and that hasn’t seemed to change. At this point, the Hokies are the favorite to get Tisdale with VT seeing Tisdale as a potential replacement for Mook Reynolds in a couple years in the nickelwhip role. While Tisdale has been shown plenty of interest, VT seems to be in control in his recruitment and for now, it seems unlikely he ends up anywhere other than Blacksburg. (May 24th, 2017) Update: Tisdale committed to Virginia Tech on July 1st, 2017.

4* WR Tre Turner-Virginia Tech: Four-star WR Tre Turner has received tons of national interest but despite all the national interest, this recruiting battle has largely come down to Virginia Tech and UNC with Florida State being a sleeper. However, the Hokies are looking quite strong and while UNC did beat them for Dyami Brown, the Hokies seem set to go into North Carolina and poach one of the Tar Heel State’s top receivers away with us hearing that VT is standing quite well in his recruitment along with insiders around recruiting in North Carolina having Crystal Ball predictions on 247 Sports trending towards him. While UNC and FSU definitely can’t be ruled out, the Hokies have emerged as clear favorites here.. (May 18th, 2017) Update: Turner committed to Virginia Tech on May 31st, 2017.

3* DT Cam Goode-Virginia Tech: Three-star DT Cam Goode told us recently that he “might make a decision soon” with the Hokies being among those that have been recruiting him the hardest and the only close to home power 5 school on that list (the other 5 were Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Temple). The Hokies have been trending for Goode with VT making him a high priority and having him on campus this past spring went quite well for VT. At this point, the Hokies are the favorites for Cam Goode and it would be surprising to see him end up anywhere other than Blacksburg. (May 18th, 2017) Update: Goode committed to Virginia Tech on June 11th, 2017.

4* WR Darryl Jones-Maryland: Four-star WR Darryl Jones visited Virginia Tech this past weekend and after talking to him coming off that visit, it appears that Maryland is in the driver’s seat to gain his commitment even though Jones doesn’t plan to commit till sometime over the summer. Virginia Tech can’t be ruled out but Maryland is in great position to poach one of the top recruits in the 757 for the second-straight year with more in our article on Jones here. (April 17th, 2017) Update: Jones committed to Maryland on August 1st, 2017.

3* RB Trent Pennix-Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech has made three-star NC RB Trent Pennix one of their top RB targets, and the Hokies have plenty of momentum especially after Pennix had a strong visit yesterday. According to an article title on VTScoop.com, the Hokies have the lead for Pennix and from what I’ve been hearing, Virginia Tech is confident that Pennix will end up in Blacksburg. While the Hokies still have some work to do, they are in the driver’s seat to get Trent Pennix. (April 2nd, 2017) Pennix commits to NC State on June 9th, 2017.

4* RB Jaelen Gill-Ohio State: Virginia Tech seemed to have a good amount of traction at one point for four-star RB Jaelen Gill, but the Hokies eemed to lose traction over the past month or two and it seems extremely likely that Gill will end up committing to Ohio State. Virginia Tech’s pursuit of Gill has colled off over the past month or so as reality has struck about how VT didn’t have much of a chance at Gill especially having to go against Ohio State who made Gill a priority. (March 1st, 2017) Update: Gill commits to Ohio State on March 1st, 2017.

3* QB Quincy Patterson-Virginia Tech: Quincy Patterson told us that the Hokies are his leaders after visiting Blacksburg recently while also saying that he is looking into making his commitment sooner after taking lots of visits this past weekend. Virginia Tech had a strong visit with Patterson and the Hokies are definitely the heavy favorites to gain a commitment from the quarterback from Chicago. (February 26th, 2017) Update: Patterson committed to Virginia Tech on February 27th, 2017.

3* LB Keshon Artis-Virginia Tech: At this point, Virginia Tech seems to be the clear leader for Keshon Artis and while things can change a lot over the coming months, the Hokies are in the driver’s seat to get Artis from Oscar Smith. VT has made Artis a top priority at the linebacker spot and he’s a guy that the Hokies likely will try to get in their class as soon as possible to be able to use him to start recruiting other top in-state players including fellow 757 linebacker Teradja Mitchell. (February 4th, 2017)

3* TE James Mitchell-Virginia Tech: Tight end James Mitchell seems to be the top tight end target for the Hokies with Virginia Tech having the advantage of him being a Southwest Virginian. Mitchell is a guy that the Hokies have to seal the deal and get and right now, VT seems well positioned to do just that. (August 20th, 2016)

Updates

3* DT Jordan Redmond: Three-star DT Jordan Redmond tweeted out his top 10 yesterday which included Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Duke, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Virginia. Numbers have gotten quite tight in Blacksburg and it’s hard to see the Hokies being a serious player with only six scholarships being open at max right now and VT also still pursuing four-star DT Alim McNeill and three-star DT Jalen Alexander. (July 31st, 2017)

3* CB Jermaine Waller: Three-star CB Jermaine Waller has committed to Virginia Tech. More here. (July 27th, 2017)

4* LB Dax Hollifield: According to Dax Hollifield via the “Fuente Football” Twitter account, Hollifield will take an official visit to Virginia Tech this fall for the Hokies’ game against Clemson. The four-star LB had previously told us that he will be in Blacksburg next weekend as well for the VT recruiting BBQ. Hollifield is one of the Hokies’ top targets and has been for a long time now as VT will look to make a big move when Hollifield comes to campus next weekend. (July 15th, 2017)

LS Oscar Shadley: Elite long snapper Oscar Shadley committed to Virginia Tech today. More here (July 10th, 2017)

3* WR Dillon Spalding: There-star WR Dillon Spalding tweeted out a top 5 which included Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Temple, and ECU. While the Hokies did make the cut here for Spalding, VT is far from being a favorite while numbers are also tight for the Hokies including at wide receiver. (July 6th, 2017)

3* CB Jermaine Waller: Three-star CB Jermaine Waller released a top 7 tonight which included Virginia Tech, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Rutgers, Temple, and UCONN. VT definitely appears to be a contender for the tall Maryland cornerback, but with the Hokies already having a large group of DBs, it’s hard seeing VT adding more than one or two more DBs. (July 5th, 2017)

3* OT Jordan McFadden: Virginia Tech added their second commit of the Fourth of July via three-star OT Jordan McFadden. More here. (July 4th, 2017)

3* RB Caleb Steward: Virginia Tech added their first commit of the Fourth of July via three-star RB Caleb Steward. More here. (July 4th, 2017)

3* LB Keshon Artis: Three-star LB Keshon Artis released his top 8 which included Virginia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Duke, NC State, and Syracuse. VT continues to be the favorite for the 757 linebacker who is a high priority on the defensive side of the ball for the Hokies alongside KJ Henry, Dax Hollifield, Kalon Gervin, and Alim McNeill. (July 4th, 2017)

4* CB Kalon Gervin: Four-star CB Kalon Gervin told Scout’s Allen Trieu that he will take a visit to Virginia Tech for their big July recruiting event. The Hokies have started to emerge as the favorite for the talented Michigan cornerback with Oregon appearing to be VT’s biggest challenger at this point. (July 3rd, 2017)

3* LB Alan Tisdale: Three-star LB Alan Tisdale committed to Virginia Tech. More here (July 1st, 2017)

4* CB Kalon Gervin: Four-star CB Kalon Gervin released a video on Twitter today that he plans to make a decision soon with it appearing that it will happen sometime in July. Since decommitting from Notre Dame weeks after a visit to Blacksburg, Virginia Tech has slowly emerged as the favorite to land the talented four-star Detroit cornerback. Getting Gervin would be a statement get for the Hokies especially to go to Michigan and get one of the state’s top guys when he has almost 40 offers including ones from Michigan and Michigan State in addition to other major national programs like Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, and more. (June 29th, 2017)

RB Caleb Steward: Jacksonville RB Caleb Steward tweeted out yesterday that he will be announcing his commitment on the Fourth of July. Virginia Tech and USF are the two finalists for Steward with the Hokies being the favorites to get one of their top RB targets at this point, but USF definitely still looming as a threat. (June 28th, 2017)

3* ATH Armani Chatman: Three-star 757 ATH Armani Chatman committed to Virginia Tech tonight. More here (June 23rd, 2017)

3* CB Nate Thompson: Three-star CB Nate Thompson tweeted out his top 5 which included Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Duke, NC State, and Syracuse. The Hokies are definitely a serious contender for Thompson, but Virginia Tech is starting to run out of room at defensive backs with the Hokies likely to only 1-2 more DBs this cycle as long as thy keep all four DBs that are currently committed. (June 13th, 2017)

3* DT Cam Goode: Three-star DT Cam Goode has committed to Virginia Tech. More here. (June 11th, 2017)

3* WR Bryce Thompson: Three-star WR Bryce Thompson decommitted from Virginia Tech tonight. More here. (June 11th, 2017)

3* DE Eli Adams: Three-star DE Eli Adams has committed to Virginia Tech. More here. (June 10th, 2017)

3* OG John Harris: Three-star guard John Harris has committed to Virginia Tech. More here. (June 10th, 2017)

3* CB DJ Crossen: Three-star CB DJ Crossen committed to Virginia Tech today. More on his commitment here. (June 8th, 2017)

JUCO CB Jeremy Webb: JUCO CB Jeremy Webb talks about the strong relationship he is building with CBs coach Brian Mitchell and Virginia Tech along with who’s recruiting him the hardest here. (June 5th, 2017)

4* WR Tre Turner: Four-star WR Tre Turner committed to Virginia Tech tonight. More on his commitment here. (May 31st, 2017)

3* CB Braxton Clark: Three-star CB Braxton Clark committed to Virginia Tech tonight. More on that here. (May 30th, 2017)

4* WR Darryle Simmons: Four-star WR Darryle Simmons committed to Virginia Tech today. More on his commitment here. (May 14th, 2017)

Four-star WR Darryle Simmons is announcing his commitment sometime today with Virginia Tech being seen as a slight frontrunner though Penn State, West Virginia, and Tennessee definitely all have a shot here. We really haven’t heard much about Simmons and at this point, VT and PSU would be the two most likely choices at this point. (May 14th, 2017)

3* ATH/QB DeJuan Ellis: Three-star ATH/QB DeJuan Ellis recommitted to Virginia Tech tonight. More here (May 4th, 2017)

3* DT Joe Kane: Three-star DT Joe Kane has committed to Virginia Tech. More on that here. (April 20th, 2017)

3* TE James Mitchell: Three-star TE James Mitchell recently told us that Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Duke are recruiting him the hardest with Mitchell saying he has the best relationships with VT TEs coach James Shibest and Duke assistant Kirk Benedict. Mitchell visited Virginia Tech last weekend and said that he enjoyed his visit and that him and the VT coaching staff are “real comfortable with each other.” While Mitchell doesn’t have a leader in his recruitment, it’s hard not to see the Hokies as the favorite for Mitchell. (April 14th, 2017)

5* DE KJ Henry: Five-star DE KJ Henry released a top 10 this evening that included Virginia Tech along with Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville, Penn State, South Carolina, Georgia, Pittsburgh, and Charlotte. The Hokies are definitely a sleeper in Henry’s recruitment but face a very uphill battle in pursuit of one of the top defensive ends in America. (April 5th, 2017)

3* QB Quincy Patterson: Three-star QB Quincy Patterson committed to Virginia Tech today. More on his commitment here. (February 27th, 2017)

3* CB Nasir Peoples: Cornerback Nasir Peoples became Virginia Tech’s fourth 2018 commit tonight. More here (February 22nd, 2017)

4* WR Tre Turner: Four-star athlete Tre Turner reveals five schools that stand out and gives us insight into his recruitment. Check it out right here. (December 21st, 2016)

3* DB Chamarri Conner: The Virginia Tech Hokies got a welcome surprise today as they gained a commitment from high three-star safety Chamarri Conner out of Jacksonville, Florida. See more on his commitment here. (November 9th, 2016)

Target Board

Commits Top Targets Other Targets
QB
3* Quincy Patterson
3* DeJuan Ellis (ATH)
RB
3* Caleb Steward  3* Cole Beck
WR
4* Tre Turner
4* Darryle Simmons
TE
3* James Mitchell
OL
3* John Harris (G) 4* Rasheed Walker (T)
3* Jordan McFadden (T) 3* Jovaughn Gwyn (G)
 
DE
3* Eli Adams 5* KJ Henry
 
DT
3* Joe Kane 4* Alim McNeill 3* Jordan Richmond
3* Cam Goode 3* Jalen Alexander
ILB
4* Dax Hollifield
4* Keshon Artis
OLB
3* Alan Tisdale
DB
3* Chamarri Conner (S) 4* Kalon Gervin (CB) 3* Donte Burton (CB)
3* Nasir Peoples (S) Jeremy Webb (JUCO) (CB)
3* Braxton Clark (CB)
3* DJ Crossen (CB)  
3* Jermaine Waller (CB)
ATH
3* Nadir Thompson (DB)
3* Armani Chatman WR/DB

Class of 2019

Predictions

DL Adarious Jones-Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech only offered 2019 Bishop Sullivan DL Adarious Jones a few weeks ago but after visiting for the Blacksburg Bash, the Hokies have emerged as the favorites here with Jones having a great visit. On top of that, Jones has a lot of interest in staying in-state and while he is likely to gain more major offers soon, the Hokies are in the driver’s seat at the moment. (August 4th, 2017)

TE Nick Gallo-Virginia Tech: Nick Gallo currently has four offers including his only power 5 offer from Virginia Tech which he earned at a recent camp in Blacksburg. Nick Gallo is the brother of Virginia Tech’s starting center Eric Gallo, and the Hokies have a reputation for doing well on the recruiting trail with recruits who have older brothers that went to VT plenty of times including with the Edmunds and Fuller families. Along with that, the Hokies are doing well in Pennsylvania in the 2018 recruiting cycle and appear to have some momentum up in the Keystone State. At this point, the Hokies are the heavy on-paper favorites for Nick Gallo. (June 24th, 2017)

4* DL/OL Ben Smiley-Virginia Tech: While it’s unknown whether Ben Smiley will end up on the offensive or defensive line, it’s clear that he is a high priority for Virginia Tech with Smiley also being extremely high on the Hokies since VT offered. While we’re still over 18 months away from National Signing Day for the Class of 2019, VT is in the driver’s seat to get Smiley at this point. (June 17th, 2017)

Updates

4* ATH JR Walker: Four-star ATH JR Walker recently told us that he doesn’t have a leader but that NC State is recruiting him the hardest. The four-star ATH has been receiving moderate interest from the Hokies so far, but that could change as some restrictions on contacting 2019 recruits go away at the beginning of September. (August 9th, 2017)

OLB Traveon Freshwater: OLB Traveon Freshwater told us that South Carolina currently leads for him. The talented linebacker from Elizabeth City, NC told us that he does hope to visit Virginia Tech this fall with the Hokies recruiting him hard at this point. The challenge VT has here is how Freshwater is from the eastern part of NC, making this very much an out-of-state recruiting battle, but definitely one where the Hokies have a shot especially if they can get him on campus this fall. (July 21st, 2017)

4* OT Doug Nester: Four-star OT Doug Nester released his top 5 recently which included Virginia Tech, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, and West Virginia. It’s not often when you see four of the five power 5 conferences represented in the top 5 for a recruit but that is the case here with the Hokies being a serious contender though they face a tough battle with trying to get him out of West Virginia and with Ohio State actually being the closest to home for Nester along with the large threats Alabama and Florida are in any recruiting battle. (June 22nd, 2017)

4* WR Jacoby Pinckney: Four-star WR Jacoby Pinckney recently told us that Virginia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Wake Forest are currently his top schools with VT, UNC, and Indiana recruiting him the hardest. The Hokies have made Pinckney a high priority at WR and in general in 2019, and are looking good early on in their pursuit of him. (June 22nd, 2017)

CB Myles Bell: CB Myles Bell out of Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas is taking a visit to the Hokies today. Virginia Tech and Illinois are the only two schools listed by 247 Sports to have offered the Florida cornerback so far with the Hokies seeming to have him among their top group of DB targets in the 2019 class. (June 15th, 2017)

OG Riley Simonds: Georgia OG Riley Simonds told us that Virginia Tech is the leader in his recruitment with his reason being that he “loves how they do things and I love the family environment.” The Hokies were the first offer with Rutgers and FAU since offering while Arkansas and Penn State are showing lots of interest but at this point, the Hokies are in the driver’s seat in this recruitment. (May 15th, 2017)

4* OG Caedan Wallace: Four-star OG Caedan Wallace told us that Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Oklahoma are currently standing out to him with the Nittany Lions and Rutgers recruiting the New Jersey native the hardest. Virginia Tech may not be as active in New Jersey in the 2018 recruiting cycle but that appears to be more of a one year deal with Wallace being high on the offensive line board in the 2019 class. (May 8th, 2017)

LB Drake Thomas: Recently offered LB Drake Thomas told us that he doesn’t currently have a group of schools standing out in his recruitment but he did say that Virginia Tech, UNC, Michigan, and NC State were recruiting him the hardest. Thomas is likely to be a high priority for the Hokies at the linebacker spot in the Class of 2019 especially with VT making him a 2019 priority early and not having many linebackers in that class at this point. (May 8th, 2017)

4* WR Isaiah Hazel: Four-star WR Isaiah Hazel recently told us that Virginia Tech and Maryland currently lead among his six offers with the Hokies and Terps also being the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. The Hokies are going to be a major player in the recruitment of Hazel though the Terps do have the in-state advantage that makes Maryland a serious threat. No one should be surprised if VT and Maryland are both involved with Hazel till the end of his recruitment. (May 2nd, 2017)

4* RB Devyn Ford: 2019 four-star RB Devyn Ford visited the Hokies yesterday and Virginia Tech should be a player in the recruitment of Ford. Ford is certain to be one of the Hokies’ top overall targets in the Class of 2019 with the Hokies looking to get one of America’s top running backs out of a Fredericksburg area where the Hokies have had a good amount of success in the past with other top guys including Vinny Mihota and Tyjuan Garbutt. Clemson seems also likely to be a major player in Ford’s recruitment while also being a big player in the recruitment of his teammate and four-star 2018 OT Nana Asiedu. (April 21st, 2017)

WR Dean Engram: 2019 wide receiver Dean Engram tweeted out a video of him visiting Virginia Tech today. Engram is likely to be high on the board for the Hokies at WR in the Class of 2019 and Virginia Tech seems to definitely have some traction early on for him. Engram is one of the Hokies’ numerous targets in the Washington D.C. area which seems to have a good amount of quality 2019 recruits. (April 11th, 2017)

4* DE Joseph Wete: Four-star DE Joseph Wete told us that among his 5 offers, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are his two favorites followed by Pittsburgh with Wete being a big fan of Wisconsin’s defensive scheme and being impressed by Virginia Tech’s “history of success both athletically and academically.” Wete is likely near the top of the defensive line board and the Hokies are in great position early on. (April 9th, 2017)

4* OT Darnell Wright: After visiting Tuesday, four-star OT Darnell Wright received an offer from the Hokies as the West Virginia OT seems to be right near the top of Virginia Tech’s offensive line board alongside other four-stars like fellow West Virginian Doug Nester and Minnesotan Quinn Carroll. Wright told us that he loved his visit on Tuesday mentioning how he enjoyed being with the coaches, players, and seeing the facilities. Wright also told us that West Virginia, Louisville, and Tennessee are in contact with him the most so far with visits to Louisville, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Miami coming soon along with having also taken one to WVU. (April 7th, 2017)

4* WR Jacoby Pinckney: Four-star SC WR Jacoby Pinckney is visiting the Hokies today. The Hokies are an early favorite for Pinckney with VT getting involved early and making Pinckney a big priority in their 2019 recruiting. Expect the Hokies to be a serious contender throughout the recruitment of Pinckney. (April 4th, 2017)

4* OT Quinn Carroll: 2019 four-star OT Quinn Carroll is taking a visit to Virginia Tech today. The Hokies definitely are looking to be a player in Carroll’s recruitment with Carroll very likely to be a national recruit in the 2019 class. (April 1st, 2017)

WR Isaiah Hazel: 2019 MD WR Isaiah Hazel told us that Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Kentucky are all at the top of his recruitment currently among his six offers in no particular order. Hazel told us that Virginia Tech and Maryland are in contact with him the most as early on, this is definitely setting up to be a VT vs. Maryland recruiting battle with the Hokies looking to poach Hazel from his home state though a lot more offers seem likely to come. (March 2nd, 2017)

Target Board

Commits Top Targets Other Targets
QB
Taquan Roberson
RB
4* Devyn Ford 4* Derrian Brown
4* Quavaris Crouch Jordan Houston
4* Khafre Brown
Joachim Bangda
WR
4* DeMarcco Hellams 4* Trey Knox
4* Jacoby Pinckney Ronnie Hickman
4* Isaiah Hazel Jahad Carter (WR/DB)
Dean Engram Myles Farmer
TE
Nick Gallo Cormontae Hamilton
Larry Hodges
OL
4* Darnell Wright (T) Harry Miller (T)
4* Quinn Carroll (T)
4* Caedan Wallace (G)
Antoine Whitner (T)
Donovan Beaver (T)
Riley Simonds (G)
DE
4* Antonio Alfano Raymond Cutts
4* Zaach Pickens
4* Savion Jackson
4* Brandon Smith
4* Joseph Wete
DT
4* Ben Smiley
Tyler Davis
Adarious Jones (DT/DE)
ILB
Drake Thomas
OLB
4* Ah’Shawn Moore
Traveon Freshwater
DB
4* Tayvion Land (CB) Nick Cross (S)
4* Cam’Ron Kelly (CB) Myles Bell (CB)
4* Khalid Martin (S)
4* Litchfield Ajavon (S)
4* Nyquee Hawkins (CB)
ATH
4* Bru McCoy
4* JR Walker
4* Hakeem Beamon

Class of 2020

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