VT Football Recruiting Board

Welcome to The Tech Lunch Pail recruiting board where you can get the latest updates on Virginia Tech football recruiting board and see who Virginia Tech has their eyes on.

Class of 2019


3* DL Mario Kendricks-Virginia Tech: Three-star DL Mario Kendricks visited the Hokies this past weekend and told us that he “loved it” and had a “tremendous” visit. With that visit, Kendricks told us that Virginia Tech is the leader in his recruitment and is recruiting him the hardest while he is also building a close relationship with Charley Wiles. We’ll have a story later this week, but the Hokies are the clear favorites for Kendricks. (June 11th, 2018)

4* ATH Jaden Payoute-Virginia Tech: (June 9th, 2018) Update: Payoute committed to VT on June 9th, 2018.

4* DL Hakeem Beamon-Penn State: (May 28th, 2018) Update: Beamon committed to Penn State on June 1st, 2018.

4* RB Devyn Ford-Penn State: (May 15th, 2018) Update: Ford committed to Penn State on May 18th, 2018.

4* CB Tayvion Land-Maryland: (May 4th, 2018) Update: Lane committed to Maryland on May 10th, 2018.

4* OL Bryan Hudson-Virginia Tech: (March 19th, 2018) Update: Hudson committed to VT on April 10th, 2018.

3* RB Jordan Houston-Virginia Tech: Three-star RB Jordan Houston was on campus for Virginia Tech’s Junior Day and all signs are that his visit went well. VT has made him a priority and is among those standing out and recruiting him the hardest. Syracuse is the only other school in both of those categories and while the Orange can’t be taken lightly, the Hokies appear in great shape for a top offensive priority in the 2019 class. (February 18th, 2018)

4* CB Nyquee Hawkins-Virginia Tech: (February 15th, 2018) Update: Hawkins commits to VT on April 13th, 2018.

4* WR Tayvion Robinson-Virginia Tech: Four-star WR Tayvion Robinson has emerged as one of the top recruits in the 757 in the 2019 class and a priority at WR for the Hokies. Robinson visited VT for their Junior Day and from what we’ve heard, the Hokies have put themselves in great position to get the 757 star. RIght now, confidence is high that the Hokies will land Robinson with it being hard to see Robinson ending up anywhere else for the time being. (January 15th, 2018)

3* OG Jesse Hanson-Virginia Tech: (January 15th, 2018) Update: Jesse Hanson committed to VT on February 8th, 2018.

3* OG Riley Simonds-Virginia Tech: In the past, we’ve provided updates that show Virginia Tech leading for Riley Simonds and as of right now, all signs point towards Simonds ending up in Blacksburg. The talented three-star guard would be a big get not only because he’s one of VT’s top offensive line targets, but also because of the pipeline it could help jumpstart at Georgia powerhouse Buford. Simonds would be a big early addition for VT and right now, the Hokies are the heavy favorites. (December 13th, 2017)

3* QB Taquan Roberson-Penn State: (October 25th, 2017) Update: Roberson committed to Penn State on October 26th, 2017.

3* WR Jacoby Pinckney-Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech were one of the first to offer talented 2019 WR Jacoby Pinckney and have made him a top offensive priority since. VT has consistently among the top schools for Pinckney, and the Hokies are currently feeling really good about their standing with Pinckney. Pinckney had another strong visit recently, and the Hokies are definitely the heavy favorites at the moment for the South Carolina WR. (October 19th, 2017)

3* 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)

3* 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)


3* DT Mario Kendricks: Mario Kendricks tells us why Virginia Tech leads in his recruitment and talks about his recent visit here. (June 13th, 2018)

3* OG Riley Simonds, 3* WR Jacoby Pinckney, 2020 5* WR Julian Fleming: Check out some recruiting notes on Riley Simonds, Jacoby Pinckney, and Julian Fleming here. (June 11th, 2018)

4* ATH Jaden Payoute: Jaden Payoute commits to Virginia Tech. Story here. (June 10th, 2018)

4* WR Tayvion Robinson, 4* DL Savion Jackson, OL William Pritchard: Virginia Tech made the cut for Robinson, Jackson, and Pritchard recently. Get caught up on this trio here. (June 10th, 2018)

OL William Pritchard: OL William Pritchard talks about his VT offer and recruitment here. (June 8th, 2018)

4* DB Cam’Ron Kelly: Four-star ATH Cam’Ron Kelly commits to VT. More here. (June 7th, 2018)

3* TE Kyle Bilodeau: Kyle Bilodeau talks about his recent VT offer, visit plans, and more on his recruitment here. (June 6th, 2018)

3* RB Darrin Smith: UCONN commit Darrin Smith talks about his VT offer here. (June 5th, 2018)

4* WR Isaiah Hazel: Virginia Tech makes the top 7 for Isaiah Hazel. More here. (May 29th, 2018)

3* RB Tahj Gary: Virginia Tech makes the top 8 for Tahj Gary. More here. (May 29th, 2018)

4* RB Zonovan Knight: Zonovan Knight receives a VT offer. More here. (May 21st, 2018)

3* DT Mario Kendricks: VT makes the top 7 for Mario Kendricks who talks about that his VT offer, and recruitment as a whole here. (May 20th, 2018)

3* RB Jordan Houston: Virginia Tech is among those standing out for Jordan Houston. He talks about that and more on his recruitment here. (May 18th, 2018)

CB Dequan Watts: Atlanta CB Dequan Watts talks about his recent Virginia Tech offer and more here. (May 16th, 2018)

3* DL Norell Pollard: Norell Pollard talks about his VT offer, why the Hokies made his top 8, and more on his recruitment here. (May 16th, 2018)

DL Zaylin Wood: Virginia Tech is showing interest in GA DL Zaylin Wood. More here. (May 15th, 2018)

4* ATH J.R. Walker: Virginia Tech makes the top 5 for J.R. Walker. More here. (May 9th, 2018)

K Camden Lewis: Talented kicker Camden Lewis has some early favorites including Virginia Tech. He gives us a full update on his recruitment and VT’s standing in it here. (April 25th, 2018)

4* DB Khalid Martin: Virginia Tech is among those at the top for four-star DB Khalid Martin. More on his recruitment here. (April 23rd, 2018)

3* LB Dean Ferguson: Dean Ferguson recaps his recent visit and more here. (April 19th, 2018)

4* DB Nyquee Hawkins: Nyquee Hawkins committed to Virginia Tech this evening. More here. (April 13th, 2018)

3* DL Mario Kendricks: The Hokies are showing interest in three-star DL Mario Kendricks. He talks about that and his recruitment here. (April 5th, 2018)

4* OL Bryan Hudson: Bryan Hudson has committed to Virginia Tech. More here. (April 10th, 2018)

3* WR Jacoby Pinckney: Three-star WR Jacoby Pinckney tweeted out earlier today that he is taking an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. The WR from South Carolina is one of the Hokies’ top targets at WR with this visit being a great opportunity to improve their strong standing in his recruitment. For now, we continue to stand by our prediction of Pinckney to VT. (April 5th, 2018)

3* DL Adarious Jones: Despite the coming snow, three-star DL Adarious Jones and a pair of top 2020 targets are on campus for a VT visit today. More here. (March 24th, 2018)

4* OT Bryan Hudson: Virginia Tech continues to lead for four-star OT Bryan Hudson after another great visit. More here. (March 22nd, 2018)

4* LB/DE Traveon Freshwater: A trio of schools are standing out for four-star LB/DE Traveon Freshwater, more from him here. (February 20th, 2018)

3* RB Jordan Houston: Three-star RB Jordan Houston talks about his Junior Day visit here. (February 18th, 2018)

3* CB Mike Sainristil: Three-star CB Mike Sainristil commits to Virginia Tech. More here. (February 9th, 2018)

3* OG Jesse Hanson: Three-star OG Jesse Hanson commits to Virginia Tech. More here. (February 8th, 2018)

3* WR Elijah Bowick: Three-star WR Elijah Bowick committed to Virginia Tech today. More here. (January 14th, 2018)

4* DE Joseph Wete: Four-star DE Joseph Wete told us that Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Michigan are among the schools recruiting him the hardest while not excluding schools not listed. Wete is looking to cut down his list to 5 sometime by April as well. Wete has the versatility to play either DE or OLB in college with VT being open to him playing either position. Right now, the Hokies are among those in decent shape along with Penn State and Michigan given their mention, but Wete still appears fairly wide open in his recruitment. (December 14th, 2017)

ATH Jahad Carter: Virginia Tech gained a commitment from Richmond athlete Jahad Carter today. More here. (September 24th, 2017)

Target Board

Commits Top Targets Other Targets
3* Zonovan Knight
3* Jordan Houston
3* Tahj Gary
3* Keshawn King
3* Jamious Griffin (NC St commit
3* Elijah Bowick 4* Tayvion Robinson 3* Cam Hart
4* Isaiah Hazel
3* Jacoby Pinckney
3* Nick Gallo 3* Kyle Bilodeau
4* Bryan Hudson (G/T) 3* Jakai Moore (G) 3* Donovan Beaver (T)
3* Jesse Hanson (G) 3* Riley Simonds (G) William Pritchard (G)
4* Tre’Mon Morris-Brash
3* Logan Cash (DL)
3* Adarious Jones
3* Mario Kendricks
3* D’Von Ellies
3* Norell Pollard
4* Traveon Freshwater
3* Dean Ferguson
4* Nyquee Hawkins (CB/S) 4* J.R. Walker (ATH/S) Dequan Watts (CB)
4* Cam’Ron Kelly (CB) 4* Khalid Martin (S)
3* Mike Sainristil (CB)
4* Jaden Payoute (WR/DB)
3* Jahad Carter (WR/DB)

Class of 2020


WR KeAndre Lambert-Virginia Tech: Since offering him, Virginia Tech has made it clear to KeAndre Lambert that he is one of their top wide receiver targets in the 2020 class. Lambert was impressed with his Spring Game visit that has the Hokies in very good shape in his recruitment. In addition, the fact that Lambert is Kam Chancellor’s nephew definitely doesn’t hurt the Hokies’ chances. Even if Lambert wasn’t Chancellor’s nephew, VT would have plenty of reasons to feel quite good about their current standing in his recruitment. (April 22nd, 2018)


DB Clarence Lewis: Clarence Lewis talks about his first offer coming from VT here. (June 14th, 2018)

WR Jalin Hyatt: Jalin Hyatt talks about his Virginia Tech offer and visit here. (June 14th, 2018)

4* CB Luke Hill: Virginia Tech makes the top 10 for Luke Hill. More here. (June 5th, 2018)

OC Seth Williams: Virginia Tech is showing interest in Seth Williams. More here. (May 30th, 2018)

4* TE Michael Carmody: Four-star TE Michael Carmody talks about his new Virginia Tech offer and more on his recruitment here. (May 27th, 2018)

4* WR Traeshon Holden: Virginia Tech is showing interest in WR Traeshon Holden. More here. (May 27th, 2018)

4* DE Coziah Izzard: Coziah Izzard talks about his recent VT visit and much more on his recruitment here. (May 24th, 2018)

4* DB Cameron Roseman-Sinclair: Roseman-Sinclair talks about his VT offer here. (May 24th, 2018)

RB Ja’Bray Young: Ja’Bray Young talks about his Virginia Tech offer here. (May 19th, 2018)

RB/ATH Elijah Turner: Elijah Turner talks about his Virginia Tech offer here. (May 12th, 2018)

3* WR Rayonta Grier: Virginia Tech is standing out for Rayonta Grier. More here. (May 9th, 2018)

3* TE/LB Ethan West: Ethan West talks about his new VT offer and more here. (May 5th, 2018)

4* CB Luke Hill: Virginia Tech is among those recruiting Luke Hill the hardest. More here. (May 3rd, 2018)

ILB Gaberiel Fuster: Virginia Tech is among a pair standing out for Gaberiel Fuster. More here. (May 3rd, 2018)

DB Malcolm Greene: Virginia Tech became the first to offer 2020 DB Malcolm Greene recently. He talks about it here. (May 2nd, 2018)

4* DB Jordan Morant: Virginia Tech is among four standing out for Jordan Morant. Full story here. (April 28th, 2018)

4* WR Rakim Jarrett: Four-star WR Rakim Jarrett updates us on his recruitment and the Hokies’ standing in it here. (April 24th, 2018)

5* LB Mekhail Sherman: Mekhail Sherman talks about his new Virginia Tech offer and his recruitment here. (April 18th, 2018)

WR KeAndre Lambert: KeAndre Lambert recaps his Virginia Tech Spring Game visit and updates us on his recruitment here. (April 15th, 2018)

OT John Williams: GA OT John Williams recaps his recent Virginia Tech visit here. (April 13th, 2018)

4* OT Bryn Tucker: Virginia Tech is among 5 currently standing out for Bryn Tucker. More here. (April 6th, 2018)

4* RB Chris Tyree: Chris Tyree says Virginia Tech is in a “good place” in his recruitment. More from VA’s top 2020 RB here. (April 1st, 2018)

4* OT Bryn Tucker: Bryn Tucker talks about his Junior Day visit and new VT offer here. (February 18th, 2018)

4* WR Rakim Jarrett: Rakim Jarrett recaps his Virginia Tech Junior Day visit here. (January 18th, 2018)

4* CB Luke Hill: 2020 CB Luke Hill talks about his “amazing” Junior Day visit here. (January 15th, 2018)

4* LB Antoine Sampah: Four-star LB Antoine Sampah told us that Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, and North Carolina are standing out among the schools who have offered him. Sampah was recently offered by Louisville, and he hopes to visit the Cardinals soon. Sampah is a name to know for the 2020 class and will be a top target for the Hokies in that class for the next 2 years. (December 12th, 2017)

Class of 2021


RB Evan Pryor: Evan Pryor talks about his Virginia Tech offer and trip to Blacksburg here. (June 3rd, 2018)

WR Gavin Blackwell: Gavin Blackwell talks about his Virginia Tech offer here. (May 8th, 2018)

DT Katron Evans: Katron Evans talks about why Virginia Tech is among five standing out in his recruitment here. (May 5th, 2018)

QB Athan Kaliakmanis: Athan Kaliakmanis talks about his “phenomenal” first visit to Virginia Tech here. (April 16th, 2018)