Virginia Tech has sent out a few new offers to wide receivers or WR-likely athletes recently in the 2023 class including one to Richmond area standout Aziah Johnson out of Thomas Jefferson HS, the same HS as current Hokies WR Jaylen Jones.
Johnson told us that it was "very exciting" to receive an offer from the Hokies adding this on why that was the case.
"It’s a ACC school, and I know people who have already committed there," Johnson said.
The offer came during a conversation with WRs coach Fontel Mines adding this on how that conversation went as a whole.
"It was great. He told me that he loved my talent, what I could do with the ball, my speed, my agility, and my awareness. He said he thinks I can play both sides of the ball, but he wants me to play wide receiver," Johnson said.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mines would love to see Johnson play on offense as prior to last weekend's games, Johnson was averaging over 31 yards per reception with 503 yards on 16 catches while also having 5 punt returns for 133 yards and a touchdown which could be a pathway to early playing time at VT given Tech's struggles at that spot this season.
Given his impressive start to the fall, Johnson has attracted loads of interest with the Hokies, North Carolina, Virginia, East Carolina, and Towson all offering him since the start of October with VMI being his first offer in early September. Johnson also told us that he's been receiving interest from Penn State, Florida, Michigan State, South Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, Northwestern, JMU, Ohio, and Richmond.
Looking ahead, Johnson plans to visit Blacksburg this weekend for Virginia Tech's game against Miami with a visit to Ohio in two weeks and then a visit to Penn State on November 12th. With the recent offer and the excitement around it, there's no doubt that this weekend is a big opportunity for the Hokies to build some serious momentum and try to get Johnson locked in for an official visit later this fall at minimum.
So how does this offer impact his recruitment and where the Hokies stand in it?
"This offer impacts my recruitment a lot because it opens up many eyes from other colleges. VT stands in my top 3 right now," Johnson said adding that UNC and ECU are the other 2 in his top 3 currently.
Keep an eye on Aziah Johnson as the Hokies look to add another Richmond area standout to a 2023 class that is full of talent from the 804.