2020 Virginia Tech Targets to Watch After Early Signing Day

2020 Virginia Tech Targets to Watch After Early Signing Day
Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP

TLP: Editor
Dec 19, 2019

Early Signing Day for the 2020 class has come and gone with Virginia Tech making some splashy additions highlighted by four-star DE Alec Bryant out of Texas. With this class being limited in size and Tech having 14 already signed, the Hokies likely can only sign 3 or 4 more recruits.

However, the Hokies still have some talented targets left on the board who have decided to wait till February to sign with a school. With that said, here are some of the top names to watch.

4* CB Dwight McGlothern

The #TX2VT movement might not be done just yet in the 2020 class with four-star CB Dwight McGlothern emerging as one of Tech's top overall remaining targets, along with the other cornerback on this list.

McGlothern was offered this fall and as the #TX2VT movement has taken off over the past two months, so has his interest in the Hokies. Right now, Virginia Tech should be seen as a top contender for the talented Texas cornerback who will also be playing at the All-American Bowl just after New Year's Day.

Dwight McGlothern has told us that he is planning on taking an official visit to Virginia Tech while he also took an official visit to USC this past weekend. Overall, McGlothern told us that he's currently considering the Hokies, Trojans, Oregon, LSU, and Texas with three official visits remaining.

McGlothern's interest in Virginia Tech is quite significant, and the Hokies should be considered a top contender as they try to add another Texas recruit to their 2020 class.

3* CB Rashad Battle

Cornerback is the priority with McGlothern and three-star CB Rashad Battle from Georgia being the top targets. Tech offered Battle earlier this month with the 6'2'' cornerback choosing to wait till February to sign with his future school. The Hokies aren't the only Power 5 school who has offered Battle recently as Purdue also offered him in the leadup to Early Signing Day.

Rashad Battle was previously committed to Maryland from June till early November with Power 5 schools getting back involved since his decommitment from Maryland. Battle still has 4 official visits available with the Hokies and Boilermakers among the schools likely to push hard to land an official visit.

Battle does fit the prototype of what Virginia Tech has looked for cornerbacks given his length at 6'2''.

At this point, things are very wide open for Battle as his recruitment starts to come back into form. The one thing that may be clear is that Virginia Tech intend to be a major player in his recruitment in the race to the first Wednesday in February.

3* LB/ATH D.J. Lundy

Lundy was planning on making an announcement the day after the main portion of the early signing window, but has decided to postpone till February. Before making that change, Virginia Tech was a part of the final 3 for Lundy according to Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Virginia Tech lacks a linebacker signature with Lundy being the one target on the board at this point. Tech does look like an underdog currently with Georgia being the in-state power to just offer and immediately surge into contention, and Vanderbilt hosting Lundy the first weekend of December on an official visit.

However, Lundy's postponement of his commitment till February does open the door for the Hokies to be able to host him on an official visit before the second National Signing Day. Teams like South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia could also try to get back involved after being in his top 5 previously.

At this point, it will be critical for the Hokies to get him on campus for an official visit. If that doesn't happen, don't expect Lundy to end up in Blacksburg.

3* DE Clinton Anokwuru

Clinton Anokwuru was the third of the three Texas defensive ends to take official visits to Virginia Tech with Anokwuru planning on signing in February anyway before he took his visit. Anokwuru's visit went well with the Hokies emerging as a top contender in his recruitment along with Texas Tech.

However, the Hokies signed four defensive ends this past Wednesday. While one or two of them may have the size to move to defensive tackle or another position, it's hard to imagine the Hokies having room to take anymore defensive ends given the tight numbers.

Virginia Tech will also have the challenge of Anokwuru having multiple official visits at his disposal if more Power 5 schools get involved. Additionally, Colorado State could be another school to watch as a recent offer for him from a nearby program near the top of the Group of 5 level.

Anokwuru remains on the board after the early signing window with the Hokies remaining a contender for him. Questions remain though as to whether the Hokies will have the room to add another defensive end to their 2020 class.

3* WR/ATH LaMareon James

Virginia Tech's 2020 recruiting class is about set on the offensive side of the football but if the Hokies are going to add any more high school offensive talent, LaMareon James is the name to watch.

James is a talented athlete who could fit well with the Hokies' offense given his versatility as a wide receiver and running back. James feels like he would fit well in Tech's offense as a slot receiver who could be used as a guy that Tech gets in space on jet sweeps, screens, and other short routes to the outside.

There are some concerns about whether James will be able to qualify but if he is, there is no doubt that Virginia Tech is in a very good position to land him given their continued pursuit while others have backed away.

While Tech doesn't necessarily need another wide receiver, it would be good for long term depth reasons with only Tyree Saunders currently committed. For now though, it remains to be seen if James and Virginia Tech can figure things out to make it possible, and if Tech will have enough room given how tight numbers are with only a couple scholarships left.