Virginia Tech had their final, big recruiting weekend of the summer this past weekend which included extending a few new offers to some of their visitors. One of those new offers went to 2024 four-star WR Jerrae Hawkins Jr out of Wheeling, WV.
Blessed to received an offer from Virginia Tech🦃 @CoachPryVT @Coach_Mines @HokiesFB pic.twitter.com/1b1xehkkPG— Jerrae “Tank” Hawkins Jr 💫 (@Tankk_1k) July 29, 2022
Hawkins had this to say about his reaction to receiving an offer from the Hokies.
"I am happy that they gave me the opportunity," Hawkins said.
He also gave us some insight on how he was informed of the offer during his visit to Blacksburg.
"(WRs) Coach (Fontel) Mines and (head) coach (Brent) Pry talked to me and my dad then they offered me," Hawkins said.
Hawkins added that it was a "good conversation" as a whole beyond the obvious excitement of receiving an offer from the Hokies. This comes as the Hokies have been showing loads of interest in him as he shared with us.
"A lot of interest from them. They have been wanting me up there for a camp or a visit," Hawkins said.
The Hokies join a solid offer list for Hawkins that also includes Penn State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Toledo. Hawkins having four Power 5 offers and a four-star average rating shouldn't be a surprise as he had a strong sophomore season with 30 catches for 587 yards and 6 touchdowns in only 5 games.
Hawkins had this to say about how he would describe the strengths and weaknesses of his game.
"I would say my strengths are my speed, route running, and yards after catch. I say my weakness is catching more jumps balls," Hawkins said.
Given his talent, this visit always felt like Tech trying to make the moment that they offered Hawkins memorable. That proved true as his visit to Blacksburg went well as a whole as he told us.
"It was great. I liked it a lot," Hawkins said. "I like the campus and the vibe of the coaches," Hawkins said.
Hawkins spent a lot of time with WRs coach Fontel Mines throughout his visit with Hawkins having this to say about how those conversations went.
"The conversation was good. We are kind of from the same area," Hawkins said.
To clarify, Hawkins is from Fredericksburg, VA about an hour north of Richmond where Fontel Mines is from. Hawkins moved to West Virginia 2.5 years ago.
So how did this offer and visit impact his recruitment and where Virginia Tech stands in it?
"Virginia Tech will definitely be up there because of the love that I got from the coaches and the playbook they have," Hawkins said.
Virginia Tech made a strong impression on four-star WR Jerrae Hawkins Jr putting themselves squarely in the hunt for the WV standout and Fredericksburg, VA native.