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Class of 2018

Predictions

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)

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)

4* LB/S Alan Tisdale-Virginia Tech: Earlier this spring, TechSideline.com reported that Virginia Tech led for four-star LB/S 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)

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)

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)

4* LB Dax Hollifield-Virginia Tech: The Hokies have made Dax Hollifield a priority and seem to be in the driver’s seat for the four-star LB from North Carolina. Hollifield has maintained that he has a top 4 but the Hokies seem to be separation themselves with Hollifield sending out some very pro-VT tweets as well. Right now, we feel confident enough to make a prediction that Hollifield will commit to the Hokies. (November 28th, 2016)

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* RB Mataeo Durant: Three-star RB Mataeo Durant recently released his top 5 which included Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Wofford. The Hokies and Blue Devils appear to be the main players in what has become an ACC battle with the Demon Deacons still a contender and the Yellow Jackets emerging as a possibility. (June 22nd, 2017)

3* DT/OL Austin Smith: Three-star lineman Austin Smith tweeted out that he is visiting Virginia Tech and Virginia today with a stop at Duke tomorrow. The Hokies offered the versatile Georgia recruit not too long ago and will be looking to gain some serious traction in his recruitment with today’s visit. (June 16th, 2017)

3* ATH Nadir Thompson: Three-star athlete Nadir Thompson told us that he will be visiting Virginia Tech today. Thompson recently told us that the Hokies are the leaders in his recruitment and among those recruiting him the hardest with VT being likely to make a strong push to gain a commitment from one of their top remaining DB targets. (June 15th, 2017)

RB Caleb Steward: Jacksonville RB Caleb Steward took  a visit to Virginia Tech yesterday after visiting USF this past weekend. Steward is right around the top of the board for the Hokies at RB with VT definitely being one of the main contenders in his recruitment. (June 15th, 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* CB Tanner Ingle: Three-star CB Tanner Ingle tweeted out his top 10 this evening which included Virginia Tech, Stanford, Tennessee, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Missouri, NC State, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, and Boston College. The Hokies already have a commitment from his teammate Braxton Clark along with having former teammate Robert Porcher IV on the roster which definitely should help the Hokies. (June 13th, 2017)

3* DT Bryson Williams: Virginia Tech offered three-star DT Bryson Williams from Nebraska this weekend while he was visiting Blacksburg. Williams told us that his visit was “great” and that the campus and coaching staff stood out for his VT visit. Williams is looking to make a decision next month and has VT, Iowa, Iowa State, and Kansas State at the top of his recruitment. (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* DB Raymond Boone: Three-star DB Raymond Boone tweetes out his top 8 which included Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, NC State, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Marshall. The Terps are the favorites to keep Boone in-state at this point though the Hokies definitely are a threat depending on how hard they pursue Boone especially with four DBs already committed. (June 9th, 2017)

3* WR Edward Hendrix: There-star WR Edward Hendrix released his top 10 which included Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Temple. The Hokies already have 3 wide receivers and may not add more than 1 more wideout with VT definitely not being a favorite for the D.C. WR. (June 9th, 2017)

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

3* CB Kendrick Torain: Three-star CB Kendrick Torain released his top 10 today which included Virginia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Wisconsin, North Carolina, NC State, and South Florida. The Hokies have cast a wide net at the cornerback spot with the Hokies looking to add 3-4 cornerbacks this cycle. While the Hokies haven’t been mentioned much around Torain, it will be interesting to see if VT becomes more involved after making the cut for him. (June 7th, 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* RB Ronnie Walker: Four-star RB Ronnie Walker released his top 10 today which included Virginia Tech, Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Duke, Northwestern, NC State, Indiana, Purdue, and Rutgers. Virginia Tech definitely is a threat here for Walker, but VT’s interest definitely isn’t as much as many of the other schools in his top 10 with the Hokies definitely not being a frontrunner for him at this point. (June 5th, 2017)

3* RB Anthony Grant: Three-star RB Anthony Grant took visits to Virginia Tech and North Carolina this weekend. The Hokies appear to have some traction now with Grant with Michael Vick also tweeting at Grant today after he visited the Hokies. It will be interesting to see if the Hokies can use this visit to launch themselves into the fray for Anthony Grant’s commitment. (June 3rd, 2017)

3* DT Cam Goode: Three-star DT Cam Goode released his top 8 tonight which included Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Indiana, Virginia, Rutgers, and Temple. The Hokies have made Goode a top priority at defensive tackle and continue to be favorites to land the talented Washington D.C. recruit as we continue to stand by our prediction of the Hokies getting Goode. (June 1st, 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 Tre Turner: Four-star WR Tre Turner tweeted out today that he will announce his college decision tomorrow at 7pm. Virginia Tech continues to be the overwhelming favorite for him and is where we are predicting he will end up. (May 30th, 2017)

3* ATH Nadir Thompson: Virginia Tech made the top 5 for three-star athlete and former NC State commit Nadir Thompson. More on that including his full top 5 here. (May 29th, 2017)

4* DB Kwantel Raines: Four-star DB Kwantel Raines released his top 10 tonight which included Virginia Tech, Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, and California. Pitt and Penn State seem to be favorites for Raines but with the Hokies already having two commits from Raines’s home state of Pennsylvania, it’ll be interesting to see if the Hokies can become a player in his recruitment. (May 29th, 2017)

3* CB DeAndre Hollins: Three-star CB DeAndre Hollins tweeted out his top 8 tonight which included Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi State, and UCF. The Hokies definitely seem to be a contender for a Florida cornerback as it will be interesting to see how heavily the Hokies pursue Hollins especially with VT standing well for guys like DJ Crossen and Donte Burton. (May 28th, 2017)

3* WR Jeshaun Jones: Three-star WR Jeshaun Jones tweeted out a top 11 today which included Virginia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, Maryland, Iowa State, and USF. VT definitely seems to be a potential threat but it is unknown how heavily they will pursue him especially with the Hokies having commitments from Bryce Thompson and Darryle Simmons along with VT being in good shape with Tre Turner and Daniel George. (May 28th, 2017)

4* DE Jayson Oweh: Four-star DE Jayson Oweh tweeted out his top 10 today which included Virginia Tech along with Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, and Harvard. Ohio State, Penn State, and Notre Dame are among the frontrunners for Oweh right now with the Hokies not appearing to be major contenders at this point for the fast-rising defensive end from New Jersey. However, it will be interest to see if the Hokies become more involved and can become serious contenders for Oweh. (May 28th, 2017)

3* CB Donte Burton: Virginia Tech is among an impressive top 6 for three-star CB Donte Burton. See his top 6 and more on his recruitment here. (May 26th, 2017)

3* RB Lyn-J Dixon: Three-star RB Lyn-J Dixon released a top 12 yesterday that included Virginia Tech. Dixon was offered a while ago by the Hokies and to this point, the Hokies haven’t appeared to gain a lot of traction though that could be changing. (May 25th, 2017)

3* OT Aidan Rafferty: Virginia Tech and Virginia are standing out for Aidan Rafferty in what is setting up to be a commonwealth clash on the recruiting trail. More here. (May 23rd, 2017)

3* CB Tanner Ingle: Virginia Tech is among the leaders for three-star CB Tanner Ingle. More here. (May 22nd, 2017)

3* LB Eriq Gilyard: Three-star LB Eriq Gilyard released a top 6 this evening that included Virginia Tech, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, NC State, and UCF. The Hokies have seen their interest in Gilyard decrease with VT having multiple linebackers ahead of him on their board including Dax Hollifield and Keshon Artis though we could see the Hokies’ interest in Gilyard pick up if VT misses out on many of their top LB targets. (May 21st, 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* CB Rayshad Williams: Three-star CB Rayshad Williams told us recently that Virginia Tech and Tennessee are tied for the lead in his recruitment with those 2, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Virginia recruiting him the hardest. This is setting up to be a UT vs. VT battle with Justin Fuente looking to go back to Memphis to get a top CB target while Tennessee looks to keep Williams in-state. (May 13th, 2017)

3* RB Mataeo Durant: Virginia Tech is among a trio of schools that are standing out for three-star RB Mataeo Durant. More on his recruitment here. (May 12th, 2017)

JUCO OT Chase Brown: JUCO OT Chase Brown picked up his first offer from Virginia Tech this past week with Brown also naming the Hokies his leader and saying that VT, Minnesota, Maryland, and UCF are recruiting him the hardest. Virginia Tech definitely has the advantage of being the first to offer while Brown is a Virginia native which should only help the Hokies more in his recruitment. (May 6th, 2017)

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

3* RB Mataeo Durant: Three-star RB Mataeo Durant told us that Duke, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are not only recruiting him the hardest but are also the three schools that are standing out to him the most. The Hokies haven’t had the most success getting some of their top RB targets but VT is definitely in the hunt for Durant though Duke is arguably the favorite currently for Durant. (May 4th, 2017)

3* ATH DeJuan Ellis: Three-star QB/ATH DeJuan Ellis decommitted from Virginia Tech this evening. More here (May 2nd, 2017)

3* CB Tre Douglas: Four-star CB Tre Douglas released his top 7 via Twitter this evening which included Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt. The Hokies have the potential to be a sleeper in this group though there hasn’t been much talk about Douglas and Virginia Tech lately. Florida State, Clemson, and LSU may have a regional advantage here with FSU and Clemson being a nearby school and LSU being the SEC powerhouse to make the cut. Virginia Tech will have a whole lot of work ahead but after not seeing much talk with him, VT definitely has a shot. (April 22nd, 2017)

4* WR Tre Turner: Four-star WR Tre Turner released his top 10 on Twitter yesterday which included Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami, Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and NC State. Turner recently told us that NC State is recruiting him the hardest but at this point, Virginia Tech seems to be a favorite in his recruitment with the Hokies having Turner as a top priority in the Class of 2018. (April 22nd, 2017)

4* CB Jairus Brents, 4* OT Nana Asiedu: Four-star cornerback Jairus Brents and four-star OT Nana Asiedu both visited Virginia Tech yesterday along with 2019 four-star RB Devyn Ford. Virginia Tech seems to have some traction with Brents though hometown power Louisville is the favorite on-paper here. Meanwhile, Nana Asiedu visited with his teammate Devyn Ford and while the Hokies are a serious contender with Ford, Clemson is in great position to get Asiedu. (April 21st, 2017)

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

4* OT Rasheed Walker: Four-star OT Rasheed Walker released a top 6 yesterday evening that included Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Maryland, North Carolina, and Rutgers. Walker is definitely one of the top offensive line targets for the Hokies with Virginia Tech being a serious contender here with a good amount of traction in Walker’s recruitment at this point. (April 20th, 2017)

3* DT Jordan Redmond: Three-star DT Jordan Redmond told us that Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Minnesota, Virginia, and USF are recruiting him the hardest with the Hokies, Rutgers, and UCF being the schools in contact with him the most while also not having a leader or top group. The Hokies clearly have plenty of interest in Redmond and are making one of the stronger pushes among those who have offered Redmond so far. (April 18th, 2017)

5* DE KJ Henry, 4* WR Darryl Jones, 3* LB Alan Tisdale, 3* DE John Morgan, 3* WR Armani Chatman, 3* DE David Green: The Virginia Tech Hokies have a big visit weekend including all five of these guys with there being no doubt that the biggest visitor being five-star DE KJ Henry and four-star WR Darryl Jones. The Hokies definitely are an underdog in the battle for Henry but there’s no doubt that simply getting him on campus will be beneficial with the Hokies definitely being in the running. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is definitely a contender for Darryl Jones but Maryland appears likely to also be a serious challenger here.

Virginia Tech is definitely a major player in the recruitments of both Armani Chatman and Alan Tisdale with Chatman being fairly high on the board among the Hokies’ in-state targets while Alan Tisdale is definitely near the top of the board at linebacker. John Morgan is another top target at DE and Virginia Tech definitely is a threat in his recruitment. (April 15th, 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)

4* LB Dax Hollifield, 3* CB DJ Crossen, 3* WR Bryce Thompson: The Virginia Tech Hokies had a few talented recruits on campus including commit Bryce Thompson plus two of the top defensive recruits in North Carolina, Dax Hollifield and DJ Crossen. At this point, the Hokies seem to be favorites for both Hollifield and Crossen who would definitely boost the #NC2VT movement. (April 13th, 2017)

4* WR Tre Turner: Four-star WR Tre Turner is visiting Virginia Tech today after their had been rumors that Turner was going to be a part of last weekend’s big visit Saturday that included guys like Payton Wilson, Jamal Elliott, and James Mitchell. Turner is one of the Hokies’ priorities in the Class of 2018 and Virginia Tech is definitely a favorite in Turner’s recruitment with the Greensboro native showing a whole lot of interest in the Hokies and making Virginia Tech a priority himself. (April 11th, 2017)

4* RB Jamal Elliott, 3* TE James Mitchell, 3* CB Rayshad Williams: Four-star RB Jamal Elliott, three-star TE James Mitchell, and three-star CB Rayshad Williams are all visiting Virginia Tech today as they tweeted out yesterday. Elliott and Mitchell are two of Virginia Tech’s top offensive targets and the Hokies are serious contenders for both with us still seeing Mitchell ending up in Blacksburg at this point. Virginia Tech also appears to be in the hunt to get Williams with VT definitely having him high on their defensive back board. (April 8th, 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)

OT Jordan McFadden: South Carolina OT Jordan McFadden recently released a top 12 that included the Virginia Tech Hokies among others including 8 other ACC programs plus Michigan State, Missouri, and Rutgers. At this point, the Hokies seem to be one of the biggest players in McFadden’s recruitment with Virginia Tech definitely seeming to have the SC OT high on their offensive line board. (March 27th, 2017)

4* RB Ronnie Walker: Virginia Tech became the 13th school to offer four-star RB Ronnie Walker this season out of Hopewell High School. With the Hokies offering, they immediately become a serious contender on-paper in Walker’s recruitment but it will be interesting to see how much interest there is between Walker and the Hokies. (March 2nd, 2017)

3* TE Kyle Pitts: Three-star TE Kyle Pitts released a top 8 this evening that included Virginia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, UCLA, and Rutgers. Penn State is a surprise omission as the Nittany Lions had been seen as the favorites, meaning that VT may be the new frontrunner as one of Pitts’s teammates is Virginia Tech commit Nasir Peoples. (March 2nd, 2017)

4* OT Nana Asiedu, 3* DT Alim McNeil: We’ve decided to rescind our predictions of Nana Asiedu to Clemson and Alim McNeil to Virginia Tech. Clemson has lost a lot of momentum with Asiedu as he named Penn State his leader recently while it’ll be interesting to see if the Hokies can work their way into being a serious contender for the Northern Virginia recruit.

Meanwhile, Alim McNeil’s recruitment has blown up since we made our first prediction so sticking by it doesn’t make sense at this point, but the Hokies do seem to be the most likely for now still with McNeil being a top priority DT for VT in the Class of 2018. (March 2nd, 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)

3* QB Quincy Patterson: Five stand out for three-star QB Quincy Patterson. More on that here. (February 17th, 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)

3* WR/ATH Bryce Thompson: After being offered last Sunday, SC WR/ATH Bryce Thompson became Virginia Tech’s first commit from the Class of 2018. See more right here. (July 23rd, 2016)

Target Board

Commits Top Targets Other Targets
QB
3* Quincy Patterson
3* DeJuan Ellis (ATH)
RB
3* Mataeo Durant 4* Ronnie Walker
3* Anthony Grant 3* Marcus Caldwell
Caleb Steward
WR
4* Tre Turner 4* Daniel George 3* Dillon Spalding
4* Darryle Simmons 4* Darryl Jones 3* Armani Chatman
4* Shaquon Anderson 3* Edward Hendrix
3* Bryce Thompson 3* Jeshaun Jones
TE
4* Kyle Pitts
3* James Mitchell
OL
3* John Harris (G) 4* Rasheed Walker (T) 3* Aidan Rafferty (T)
3* Gabriel Gonzalez (T)
3* Jovaughn Gwyn (G)
3* Jordan McFadden (T)
DE
3* Eli Adams 5* KJ Henry 3* Derrick Eason
 
DT
3* Joe Kane 4* Rick Sandidge 3* Jordan Richmond
3* Cam Goode 4* Alim McNeill 3* Bryson Williams
3* Jalen Alexander
ILB
4* Dax Hollifield 3* Eriq Gilyard
OLB
3* Alan Tisdale (OLB/S) 4* Payton Wilson
3* Keshon Artis
DB
3* Chamarri Conner (S) 4* Kalon Gervin (CB/ATH) 3* Nate Thompson (CB)
3* Nasir Peoples (S) 3* De’Von Graves (DB/ATH) (NC State commit) 3* Noah Boykin (DB)
3* Braxton Clark (CB) 3* Donte Burton (CB) Jeremy Webb (JUCO) (CB)
3* DJ Crossen (CB) 3* Rayshad Williams (CB)  
ATH
3* Nadir Thompson (DB)

Class of 2019

Predictions

DL/OL Ben Smiley: 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* 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)

ATH Cam’Ron Kelly: Athlete Cam’Ron Kelly out of 757 powerhouse Oscar Smith recently received an offer from the Hokies with Kelly being likely to be a top in-state priority in the Class of 2019. Kelly told us that NC State has been recruiting him the hardest, but it’ll be interesting to see if that changes now that Kelly has received a VT offer.

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