Four-star PG Jalen Cone has been a top target for Virginia Tech for a while now whether it was Buzz Williams or Mike Young at the helm of the Hokies. Yesterday, Cone made a major announcement revealing his final 6 while setting a commitment date for later this week and reclassifying to 2019.
I will announce my decision Thursday (May 9th) at 3:45pm @ Walkertown High School and it is open to the public! My decision will also be televised on Spectrum Sports, WXII News 12, and Fox8 News! #MyDecision full video here https://t.co/BdcjeFzfc8 @GameofInchesHS pic.twitter.com/7vkXgw2mw9
— Jalen Cone (@J15Cone) May 5, 2019
Virginia Tech made the final 6 for Jalen Cone along with Tennessee, Texas A&M, NC State, Wake Forest, and Boston College. Cone’s announcement is also set for this Thursday with the Hokies having a major opportunity to add a difference maker to their 2019 class.
The timing of this decision appears to be a very good indication for the Hokies after Cone took an official visit to Blacksburg last week. Tennessee appears to be the biggest threat to the Hokies at this point with it being unknown if Cone intends to take his previously scheduled official visit to Knoxville which was slated to start this Friday, one day after his scheduled announcement.
Cone would be a major recruiting victory for Mike Young and his staff given the heavy interest from teams like Tennessee, Texas A&M, and more teams with largely regional ties in power conferences. The four-star PG also should be able to come in and give the Hokies plenty of quality minutes next season should he choose Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech has put themselves in great shape for Jalen Cone, but there is still work to be done for the Hokies to land their biggest 2019 target as Mike Young puts this class together from scratch.
Jalen Cone in the Recruiting Rankings
All rankings are based on the 2020 class.
Nationally, Cone was ranked as the 53rd best 2020 recruit by ESPN, 59th best by Rivals, 81st best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 122nd best by 247 Sports. Among 2020 point guards, Cone is ranked ninth best by ESPN, 11th best by the 247 Sports Composite, 12th best by Rivals, and 22nd best by 247 Sports. Among 2020 recruits in North Carolina, Cone is ranked third best by ESPN, and fourth best by 247 Sports and the 247 Sports Composite.
Jalen Cone’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports and Rivals)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Miami, NC State, Wake Forest
- Big East: Providence
- Big 12: Baylor
- Pac-12: Stanford
- SEC: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M
- Atlantic 10: VCU
- Southern: UNC Greensboro
- Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina
- Big South: Hampton