The Virginia Tech Hokies had high hopes for this weekend's Blacksburg Bash with many top recruiting targets coming to visit on Saturday before the Hokies hosted a camp on Sunday. The Hokies started off by getting their first 2018 commit in South Carolina WR/ATH Bryce Thompson and then followed that with a commitment from 2017 three-star WR Sean Savoy but that was just the beginning.
Three-star OLB Jaylen Griffin from Rome High School in Rome, Georgia has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Griffin decomitted from California days after he had an extremely good visit to Blacksburg, and the Hokies have been able to close the deal today. Griffin has a solid list of offers that includes the Hokies, California, Louisville, Boston College, Illinois, Colorado State, East Carolina, and more.
Griffin is ranked as the 77th best OLB by the 247 Sports Composite, 40th best by 247 Sports, and 58th best by ESPN. Griffin is also ranked as the 107th best Georgia recruit by the 247 Sports Composite and 51st best by 247 Sports while ESPN ranks him 88th among Peachtree State recruits. Rivals has Griffin as a two-star recruit though it wouldn't be surprising to see him jump to a three-star rating there.
Griffin has emerged quickly as one of Virginia Tech's top linebacker targets and Virginia Tech has made a big move over the past month as the driving force to get him to initially decommit from California.
Vance Vice is listed as his primary recruiter on 247 Sports and while Vice hasn't been able to get a 2017 offensive line commit, he has done a very good job getting Griffin. Bud Foster is also listed as a recruiter for Griffin and his presence likely has made it easier for the Hokies along with Rome, Georgia being much closer to Blacksburg than California.
Jaylen Griffin is another strong addition for the Hokies as the Blacksburg Bash is giving the Hokies some serious recruiting momentum.