After a flurry of offers extended out right after the hiring of Justin Fuente, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been quiet for a couple weeks doing evaluations. Now that the dead period is nearing its end, the Hokies have started offering multiple recruits starting yesterday with Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year Ty Pigrome.
Today, the Hokies have extended two more offers to WR Nate Johnson and CB Nygel King.
CB Nygel King
Nygel King is a three-star cornerback from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas who decommitted yesterday from Houston. Today, the Hokies became the 14th program to offer King on a list that also includes Utah, Iowa State, Kansas, Houston, Utah State, Colorado State, and Toledo among others.
Both ESPN and 247 Sports have King as a three-star recruit while Rivals has him as a two-star recruit. ESPN ranks King as the 69th best cornerback and 140th best Texas recruit while the 247 Sports Composite ranks him as the 148th best cornerback and 188th best Texas recruit.
King has great height and length for a cornerback at 6’1” while also being a fairly athletic cornerback that could add some more weight to his frame without affecting his athletic skills. King does a great job of closing down on opposing receivers while also being a heavy hitter with some solid tacking skills. King still has some room to grow in man coverage, but he definitely has the potential to develop into a very good cornerback.
King told us that he plans on taking an official visit to Virginia Tech on January 22nd while he is also considering taking official visits to Utah and Colorado. At this point, King does not have a group of finalists, but Virginia Tech is going to be in his top group of schools.
Torrian Gray was the one that offered Nygel King earlier today, and the Hokies seem like they may be slight favorites right now as the only school certain to get an official visit. Virginia Tech hasn’t done much recruiting in Texas, but this year may be different with the pursuit of King plus JUCO QB Jerod Evans already being committed.
WR Nate Johnson
Four-star wide receiver and Michigan commit Nate Johnson of Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee also received an offer form the Hokies today. Virginia Tech joins a group of over 20 schools to extend an offer to Johnson including Michigan, Tennessee, Miami, Penn State, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Northwestern, Purdue, and Temple.
Johnson is ranked as a four-star WR by 247 Sports’ traditional rankings which also have him as the 40th best WR and 3rd best recruit from Tennessee. ESPN, Rivals, and the 247 Sports Composite all have Johnson as a three-star recruit with the 247 Sports Composite ranking him as the 102nd best WR, Rivals ranking him 98th, and ESPN ranking him 174th.
Johnson is committed to Michigan, but that doesn’t seem certain as he already has three official visits to Miami, Vanderbilt, and Penn State scheduled this month. With Johnson’s weekends already full of official visits, the addition of Virginia Tech seems unlikely though still possible at this point with Johnson having one available official visit on top of the three scheduled ones, and his December 11th visit to Michigan.
Hokie fans should keep an eye on Nate Johnson, but Virginia Tech may be a little too late at this point in their pursuit of Johnson with only a weekday official visit being available for the Michigan commit.