After gaining a commitment from three-star RB Jalen Hampton Saturday, Virginia Tech lost a commitment from four-star WR Jalin Hyatt to end their weekend.
My recruitment is 100% open! pic.twitter.com/tZL0hX2RIn
— Jalin Hyatt (@jalinhyatt) July 1, 2019
It is notable that Hyatt proclaims that Virginia Tech still “tops my list” despite his decision to decommit. While it always is an uphill battle to bring a recruit who decommits back into the fold, it appears quite clear that the Hokies will have a reasonable shot to do so with Tennessee, Penn State, Miami, and Michigan among the potential challengers for the Hokies.
There’s no doubt that this is a tough loss as Hyatt was, and still is, a top wide receiver target for the Hokies alongside fellow four-star WR KeAndre Lambert with USF commit and recently offered three-star WR Tyree Saunders also emerging as a name to watch at WR.
Hyatt’s game-changing speed and impressive high school production will give the fans of whatever college he signs with plenty of reason for excitement. For the Hokies, bringing him back into the fold would be a significant victory on the recruiting trail especially given the immense interest that he will receive from other major programs.
In the meantime, Hyatt’s departure does hurt the momentum that the Hokies had been starting to build. Additionally, there’s also the fact that the recruiting rankings have the Hokies’ 2020 class ranked quite low including 247 Sports which has the Hokies ranked 90th nationally and last in the ACC.
Of course, it’s only July so there’s plenty of time for recruiting rankings to change while programs like Wisconsin constantly remind that good or bad recruiting rankings don’t determine success. However, given how those who follow recruiting the most intensely are usually the most vocal, this is a PR perception issue at minimum for Virginia Tech regardless of where the Hokies’ coaching staff, the people paid lots of money because they worked their way up the coaching and talent evaluating ranks, views the assembling of this class at the moment.
Jalin Hyatt in the Recruiting Rankings
Among wide receivers, Hyatt is ranked 51st best by ESPN, 52nd best by 247 Sports, 77th best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 89th best by Rivals. In the state of South Carolina, Hyatt is ranked sixth best by 247 Sports, seventh best by ESPN and Rivals, and eight best by the 247 Sports Composite. ESPN and 247 Sports rate Hyatt as a four-star recruit while Rivals has him as a three-star recruit.
Jalin Hyatt’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Duke, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest
- Big 10: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State
- Big 12: West Virginia
- SEC: Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
- AAC: East Carolina
- Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina