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Class of 2018

Predictions

3* OT Aidan Rafferty-Virginia Tech: Aidan Rafferty may not have a leader but he said Virginia Tech has been standing out to him and in contact with him the most. Rafferty also has built some great relationships with the VT coaching staff and the Hokies have made Rafferty a,priority at OT. At this point, Rafferty seems likely to end up in Blacksburg with Maryland likely being the biggest challenger. (March 10th, 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* DE Jamarcus Chatman: Three-star DE Jamarcus Chatman recently tweeted out a top 10 that included Virginia Tech as the Hokies look to make a move for the Georgia recruit. Chatman is from the same high school as Virginia Tech signee Jaylen Griffin and VT definitely has the potential to be a player in Chatman’s recruitment with Griffin potentially being a very useful connection to Chatman. (March 22nd, 2017)

3* TE Kyle Pitts, 3* WR Darryle Simmons, 3* CB Nasir Peoples: Three-star TE Kyle Pitts tweeted out yesterday that himself, three-star WR Darryle Simmons, and VT commit/three-star CB Nasir Peoples will be visiting Blacksburg this weekend. The Hokies are a serious contender for Pitts while the Hokies are in the hunt for Simmons though they don’t appear to be a frontrunner at this point. (March 21st, 2017)

4* LB Payton Wilson: Four-star LB Payton Wilson tweeted out this morning that he will be making his college decision on May 1st. The Hokies are definitely a contender for Wilson but have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks if they are to have a decent chance at gaining his commitment at the beginning of May. (March 20th, 2017)

4* QB Casey Thompson: Four-star Oklahoma QB Casey Thompson released a top 12 that included the Virginia Tech Hokies. At this point, it seems very unlikely that Thompson ends up a Hokie given the schools involved and how Virginia Tech has two quarterbacks already committed. (March 20th, 2017)

3* RB Christian Turner: Three-star RB Christian Turner released a top 8 that included Virginia Tech, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, and NC State. The Hokies had a lot of success in Georgia last year and the Hokies are a contender here early for Turner. (March 11th, 2017)

4* WR Dyami Brown: Four-star WR Dyami Brown tweeted out his top 6 that included Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville and Michigan. The Hokies are definitely serious contenders here with this being a battle between two rising, close to home powers in VT and UNC against 3 of America’s elite in Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan plus Louisville. (March 10th, 2017)

3* WR Darryle Simmons: Three-star WR Darryle Simmons released a top 6 via Twitter that included Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia. The Hokies seem like a potential contender here, but Simmons doesn’t seem to be at the top of the board at this point for VT at wide receiver. (March 5th, 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)

4* DL Tahj Rice: Four-star DL Tahj Rice tweeted out a top 5 that included Virginia Tech, Duke, Louisville, USC, and Oregon. The Hokies offered Rice recently and seem to be in decent shape already though Duke has seemed to build a strong relationship while the Cardinals have the advantage of Rice being from Louisville. (February 27th, 2017)

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

4* LB Dax Hollifield: Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield tweeted out a top 9 that included Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Wake Forest. Hollifield is one of the top targets across all positions for Virginia Tech and the Hokies continue to be in a strong position for him with us standing by our current prediction of Hollifield to VT. (February 23rd, 2017)

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

4* LB Payton Wilson: Fast-rising four-star LB Payton Wilson tweeted out that he has a top 7 that includes Virginia Tech, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia, and North Carolina. The Hokies are definitely in the hunt here in what is going to be a very interesting recruiting battle to watch between some of the biggest blue blood programs east of the Mississippi. (February 22nd, 2017)

3* QB Quincy Patterson: Five stand out for three-star QB Quincy Patterson. More on that here. (February 17th, 2017)

4* OT Antwan Reed, 4* OT Rasheed Walker, 3* QB Quincy Patterson, OT Aidan Rafferty: Check out the full list of visitors for the Hokies this weekend right here. (February 17th, 2017)

4* OT Antwan Reed: Four-star OT Antwan Reed updated us on his recruitment telling us he feels he is building “an elite relationship” with Virginia Tech. More on his recruitment right here. (February 15th, 2017)

3* OG Ollie Lane: Virginia Tech just offered TN OG Ollie Lane this week, and Lane told us that told us that he’s been contact a lot with Vanderbilt and Tennessee along with Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Duke with upcoming visits scheduled for Tennessee, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. With Tennessee having not offered yet, Vanderbilt seems in a good early position but with the Hokies hopping in and Tennessee potentially also soon, Vandy will have a fight on their hands. (February 11th, 2017)

OT Aiden Rafferty: Virginia Tech offered D.C. OT Aiden Rafferty this past week along with a few other schools and Rafferty told us that he will be Virginia next Wednesday and Virginia Tech next weekend at their next big junior event and says he has the best relationship with Maryland’s offensive line coach. The Hokies seem set to be players here, but Maryland has done a great job recruiting around the D.C. metro so far under D.J. Durkin, making this a tough battle. (February 11th, 2017)

RB Mychale Salahuddin: D.C. RB Mychale Salahuddin recently told us that Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are in contact with him the most with him having the best relationship with the coaches at Maryland while also having visits set for at least Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Penn State this spring. At this point, Maryland would be a good bet as an early favorite here even though Salahuddin doesn’t currently have a leader in his recruitment. (February 11th, 2017)

3* DE Andrew Leota: North Carolina DE Andrew Leota told us that Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Northwestern are the four schools standing out to him with Northwestern being the only one of those four that hasn’t offered. Leota’s recruitment is very much looking like a regional battle between three ACC Coastal schools with the Hokies looking to poach Leota. South Carolina could also be a threat if they choose to offer as his brother Pete Leota plays for the Gamecocks. (February 8th, 2017)

4* OT Nana Asiedu: Four-star OT Nana Asiedu revealed a top 10 today that did include the Virginia Tech Hokies along with numerous other major programs from the SEC, ACC, and Big 10. Clemson was among the schools that made the cut and continues to be the favorite here to get a commitment from Asiedu, but making the cut shows the Hokies do at least have a shot here. (February 7th, 2017)

3* DL Darnell Jeffries: Georgia DL Darnell Jeffries told us that he will be taking visits to Virginia Tech on February 18th and Alabama on February 25th. For more on Jeffries, follow this link over to Inside The Lunch Pail. (February 5th, 2017)

4* ATH Jermaine Eskridge: Four-star athlete Jermaine Eskridge tweeted out this evening that he will be taking an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech next weekend with teammate and VT commit J’Bril Glaze who will be on an official visit. The connection with Glaze gives the Hokies somewhat of an in here for Eskridge who has over 50 offers with interest from most major programs. (January 22nd, 2017)

4* RB Jamal Elliott: Four-star RB Jamal Elliott was among Virginia Tech’s visitors for today’s junior day in what was a loaded day of recruits visiting Blacksburg. The Hokies will be hoping that this can allow them to make a move in Elliott’s recruitment with Elliott looking like one of the Hokies’ top RB targets behind Ricky Slade. (January 15th, 2017)

4* ATH/QB Dakereon Joyner: Four-star athlete/QB Dakereon Joyner tweeted out a photo of himself in Blacksburg while at Virginia Tech’s Junior Day. South Carolina is the favorite for the Palmetto State athlete, but the Hokies are definitely a player for now in his recruitment. (January 15th, 2017)

4* LB Keshon Artis: Four-star linebacker Keshon Artis is also visiting Virginia Tech today for its junior day, tweeting out multiple photos of his visit to Blacksburg. The Hokies have made Artis one of their top priorities at linebacker in the Class of 2018, and the Hokies are definitely the favorite for Artis at this point. (January 15th, 2017)

3* ATH Nadir Thompson: Three-star athlete and NC State commit Nadir Thompson tweeted out that he is headed to Blacksburg for today’s junior day. The Hokies definitely are making a strong push to try to flip Thompson and they have plenty of time with over a year till National Signing Day 2018. (January 15th, 2017)

DT Alim McNeil: 2018 DT Alim McNeil tweeted out that he will be visiting Virginia Tech today for junior day festivities. VT seems to be the early frontrunner for McNeil as one of only2 power 5 offers along with being the only regional power5 to offer the North Carolina recruit with the other power 5 offer coming from Boston College. (January 15th, 2017)

3* DB De’Von Graves: There was a photo tweeted out showing three-star NC State commit De’Von Graves and Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente together at today’s junior day. Graves is one of the two 2018 NC State commits that the Hokies have shown plenty of interest in so far with the Hokies having an in-state advantage with Graves. (January 15th, 2017)

3* OLB/S Alan Tisdale: High three-star North Carolina recruit Alan Tisdale tweeted out today that he will be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend for their junior day. Tisdale is the latest top 2018 recruit to publicly state that he’ll be visiting the Hokies this weekend with this being a great chance for Virginia Tech to make a move here with North Carolina being seen as the early favorite given their in-state advantage. (January 14th, 2017)

3* QB DeJuan Ellis: Virginia Tech’s three-star QB commit DeJuan Ellis tweeted out that he will be in Blacksburg on Sunday for the Hokies’ junior day festivities. Having Ellis should be quite useful for the Virginia Tech staff, giving the Hokies an extra recruiter that could possibly help them seal the deal with one of their top targets that will be here on Sunday. (January 14th, 2017)

OT Jordan McFadden: Evan Watkins of VT Scoop is reporting that Do It Carolina OT Jordan McFadden will be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend. His recruitment is in the early stages, but the Hokies definitely could be a player here. (January 13th, 2017)

4* WR Tre Turner: Four-star WR Tre Turner tweeted out that he will be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend. The Hokies are a serious contender for the four-star wide receiver who is also one of VT’s top targets at WR. (January 13th, 2017)

4* DT Dante Stills: Four-star DT Dante Stills tweeted out that he will visit Virginia Tech this weekend. The Hokies definitely look like a player in his recruitment, but West Virginia seems like the early favorite given their in-state advantage. (January 13th, 2017)

3* DE John Morgan: Three-star DE John Morgan told us that the schools that are in contact with him the most include Virginia Tech, Penn State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Boston College, and Rutgers plus has visits planned to Syracuse, Maryland, and Rutgers in January along with planning on visiting Wake Forest in February and “possibly” Virginia Tech on January 15th. The Hokies have some work to do with Morgan and if there is a possible frontrunner here, it seems like it may be Penn State while Maryland definitely should be a serious player and have the in-state advantage. (January 5th, 2017)

4* DL Stephon Wynn: Four-star defensive lineman Stephon Wynn revealed a top 8 on Twitter recently that included Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, and LSU. In-state Clemson and South Carolina likely are frontrunners, but the Hokies are making noise with plenty of big name recruits in 2018 with Wynn being the latest. (January 2nd, 2017)

4* ATH Dakereon Joyner: 2018 four-star athlete Dakereon Joyner tweeted out a top 5 that included Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Louisville, Georgia, and NC State. The Hokies have put themselves in a good position early, but the in-state Gamecocks seem to be the favorite here early in his recruitment. (December 30th, 2016)

4* WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts: Four-star WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts released his top 5 which included Virginia Tech, Penn State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Maryland. The four-star receiver’s recruitment still seems fairly wide open but the Hokies definitely have emerged as a contender here with making his top 5 being validation of that. (December 28th, 2016)

4* LB Dax Hollifield: Four-star LB Dax Hollifield told us that Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and South Carolina still stand out to him with Hollifield also telling us that he visited one of Virginia Tech’s bowl practices at Mallard Creek High School and plans to visit for an upcoming VT junior day. The Hokies continue to seem to be the frontrunners and we are still confident in our prediction that Hollifield will end up in Blacksburg. (December 28th, 2016)

4* WR Dillon Spalding: Four-star Northern Virginia WR Dillon Spalding told us that Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, and Syracuse are the schools that are in contact with him the most. Things around Spalding have been quiet lately, but the Northern Virginian seems likely to still be high up on Virginia Tech’s loaded WR board for 2018. (December 27th, 2016)

3* WR Armani Chatman: Three-star 757 WR Armani Chatman told us that Virginia Tech, Rutgers, NC State, Clemson, Duke, and Old Dominion are the schools in contact with him the most with Clemson and Duke being schools that he believes may offer him soon. While Chatman doesn’t have a leader, Virginia Tech seems to be a slight favorite early as he seems to be a high priority for Virginia Tech along with the benefit of being in the high priority 757. (December 27th, 2016)

4* TE James Mitchell: James Mitchell told us that Virginia Tech, Duke, and Clemson are in contact with him the most and that he has visits scheduled for Clemson (1/28) and Duke (2/4) while also planning to visit Virginia Tech and possibly Vanderbilt this spring. Clemson hasn’t offered Mitchell yet but is showing the SWVA recruit a lot of interest. Virginia Tech still seems to be the favorite as not only is he an important recruit for VT to keep given that he’s from Southwest Virginia, but he also looks like the top TE on the board for VT in 2018. (December 23rd, 2016)

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)

4* DT Dante Stills: Four-star DT Dante Stills recently told us that West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Rutgers are the schools that are in contact with Stills the most. West Virginia seems like the early favorite in his recruitment given how important it is for WVU to keep 2018’s top West Virginia recruit in-state along with how Fairmont, WV is in the Moutaineers’ backyard plus his brother Darius Stills is a 2017 recruit committed to WVU. However, Virginia Tech definitely is a threat while Penn State also received an unofficial visit this past fall. (December 20th, 2016)

3* DB/ATH De’Von Graves: Three-star DB/ATH and NC State commit De’Von Graves received an offer from the Hokies yesterday. Virginia Tech definitely has a good chance at flipping Graves who is from Appomattox, Virginia and likely will be a defensive back at whatever school he plays college football at. (December 17th, 2016)

4* ATH Dakereon Joyner: Four-star athlete Dakereon Joyner tweeted out recently that he will be taking an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on the weekend of January 15th. Joyner is one of the top recruits in South Carolina for 2018 and the Hokies seem prepared to be a player in his recruitment though Clemson likely is the favorite as the in-state power. (December 16th, 2016)

4* LB Dax Hollifield: Four-star LB Dax Hollifield tweeted out that he will be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend for the Hokies showdown with Virginia. The Hokies have emerged as the favorites for Hollifield, and another visit could put Virginia Tech in a strong position to get a commitment from one of the top 2018 linebackers on the East Coast. (November 20th, 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* DeJuan Ellis (ATH) 4* Dakereon Joyner (ATH)
3* Quincy Patterson
RB
4* Jamal Elliott 4* Ronnie Walker
4* Mychale Salahuddin
3* Marcus Caldwell
WR
3* Bryce Thompson (ATH) 4* Tre Turner 4* Justin Shorter
4* Dyami Brown 4* Dillon Spalding
4* Daniel George 3* Darryle Simmons
4* Shaquon Anderson-Butts
4* Darryl Jones

3* Armani Chatman

TE
3* James Mitchell
3* Kyle Pitts
OL
4* Nana Asiedu (T/DE) 4* James Ohonba (T)
4* Reuben Unije (T) 3* Casey Holman (T)
4* Rasheed Walker (T) 3* Ollie Lane (G)
4* Antwan Reed (T) Aidan Rafferty (T)
3* John Harris (G)
Jordan McFadden (T)
DE
4* KJ Henry 3* John Morgan
4* Brenton Cox
3* Andrew Leota  
DT
4* Rick Sandidge 3* Darnell Jeffries
4* Dante Stills Jalen Alexander
3* Alim McNeil
ILB
5* Teradja Mitchell 3* Eriq Gilyard
4* Dax Hollifield
OLB
4* Payton Wilson
3* Keshon Artis
3* Alan Tisdale (OLB/S)
DB
3* Chamarri Conner (S) 4* Tre Douglas (CB) 3* Nate Thompson (CB)
Nasir Peoples (CB) 3* De’Von Graves (DB/ATH) (NC State commit) 3* DeAndre Hollins (CB)
3* DJ Crossen (CB) Noah Boykin (DB)
 
ATH
4* K’Vaughn Pope 3* Marquez Ezzard
3* Nadir Thompson (NC State commit) Kavosiey Smoke

Unoffered Recruits to Watch

  • 4* RB Ronnie Walker
  • 3* DT Akeem Smith
  • 3* DE Jaevon Becton

Class of 2019

Updates

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.

ATH Horace McCoy: The Hokies rarely send an offer out west, but you know someone must be very elite when they do as the Hokies offer 2019 ATH Horace McCoy who plays at California powerhouse Mater Dei HS. While it’s highly unlikely the Hokies contend for McCoy, it’s clear VT is unafraid to cast a wide net for elite recruits. (January 13th, 2017)

4* WR Jacoby Pinckney: 2019 four-star WR Jacoby Pinckney will visit the Hokies this weekend. Virginia Tech has gotten off to a great start in his recruitment and it’s clear that Pinckney will be one of VT’s top 2019 targets across the board. (January 13th, 2017)

WR Isaiah Hazel: 2019 WR Isaiah Hazel told us that Virginia Tech, Maryland, Florida State, and Ohio State are the schools that currently stand out to him with Hazel planning to visit Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Clemson this spring along with possibly Penn State. Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Rutgers have already offered him while Hazel believes that Florida State, Ohio State, and Clemson may all offer soon. Hazel seems like a recruit that may blow up this spring and will definitely be a top WR target for the Hokies in 2019. (December 23rd, 2016)

ATH Hakeem Beamon: Virginia Tech offered 2019 LC Bird athlete Hakeem Beamon today, joining North Carolina as schools that have offered the jumbo athlete from Richmond. Beamon is certain to have many more offers coming this way and the Hokies offering now isn’t really much of a surprise. (October 26th, 2016)

4* WR Jacoby Pinckney: 2019 four-star South Carolina WR Jacoby Pinckney told Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports that the Hokies lead in his recruitment followed by South Carolina. Pinckney currently has offers from the Hokies, Gamecocks, Wake Forest, Duke, and Appalachian State though that list is certain to grow. However, the Hokies are off to a great start in their pursuit of Pinckney. (October 25th, 2016)

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