Virginia Tech gained some much-needed momentum on the recruiting trail as RB Jordan Brunson became the Hokies’ fifth 2020 commit.
Met a lot of great coaches and really enjoyed everything about the recruiting process but today……… I’m committing to Virginia Tech ‼️@RecruitGeorgia @DenmarkFootbal1 @PitViperSports @Mansell247 @CoachFuente @CoachBurdenVT pic.twitter.com/Rw4RKPKVw9
— Jordan Brunson⚡️ (@JordanBrunson9) June 25, 2019
Brunson is the second RB commit and fourth overall offensive commit for the Hokies in 2020 along with four-star WR Jalin Hyatt, three-star RB CJ Beasley, and three-star QB Noah Kim. Brunson is also the Hokies’ first 2020 commit from the state of Georgia.
His commitment comes after he visited Virginia Tech back in early June with an offer coming days later.
Brunson had this to say about why he chose the Hokies.
“It was the best choice for me academic wise and sports wise plus the whole coaching staff made me feel right at home from the start,” Brunson said.
Brunson also felt that there was no need to wait on committing to VT with his early June visit playing a big role in his decision.
“Just felt there wasn’t any need to wait. I loved the school and everything about it when I visited back on June 3rd,” Brunson said. “It played a huge part. It just felt right that day like this is where I’m supposed to be.”
Brunson also said that he has built good relationships with OL coach Vance Vice, his area recruiter, and RBs coach Zohn Burden with Vice first making it clear that Virginia Tech “really wanted” him.
Jordan Brunson was quite good as a junior last season with 950 yards and 17 touchdowns last season despite missing 3 games due to an ankle injury. His impressive performance led him to also earning Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in his region in Georgia.
Barry Every, the Georgia scout for XOS Digital and one of the best talent evaluators in the country, told us Brunson’s “size, power, and ability to war down defenses as the game goes on” are the strengths of his game while his speed is “okay but not great” at this point in his development. Every also told us that he feels Brunson is underrated nationally and would have him among the top 80-110 recruits in the state of Georgia which would put him around the mid three-star range based on 247 Sports’ Georgia rankings.
Brunson is a great fit with the Hokies’ other RB commit CJ Beasley with Brunson being the power compliment to the speed of Beasley. The addition of Brunson in a class that is expected to be quite small could also be a sign that the Hokies may use Beasley as a hybrid RB/slot player given his skill set and size.
With Jordan Brunson on board, it seems unlikely that the Hokies will add another running back in this class unless they either lose a commitment or if they can add a high-end back like Marvin Scott or Blake Corum (though Corum’s recruitment has been trending away from VT for a while now).
Jordan Brunson in the Recruiting Rankings
Brunson is rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports.
Jordan Brunson’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College
- Conference USA: Charlotte, Old Dominion
- MAC: Akron, Kent State, Miami (OH), Western Michigan
- Mountain West: Colorado State
- Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina, Georgia State
- FCS: Chattanooga, Elon, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina