Running back has been a top priority for Virginia Tech in the 2020 class over the past few months and today, the Hokies gained a commitment from talented three-star RB Keshawn King.
King is the Hokies' 14th commit in their 2019 class and third from the state of Florida joining Norell Pollard
and Mario Kendricks
. King has built up a strong offer list with 24 offers including ones from Miami, Louisville, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, and several other power 5 programs.
King's commitment comes as the Hokies are set to host their annual Blacksburg Bash
with a loaded list of talented 2019, 2020, and 2021 recruits set to visit Blacksburg.
After missing out on Devyn Ford, King became one of Virginia Tech's top running back targets and the Hokies made him a priority at a spot where they needed to not miss again at.
For Zohn Burden, he's had a strong recruiting cycle but having one of his top running back targets on board was the one thing that was missing. Unsurprisingly, Burden was quite excited when he received the news about King's commitment.
The Hokies have also had another strong year recruiting in the Sunshine State with King being the third commit this summer from Florida. Charley Wiles deserves plenty of credit for that especially after the departure of Galen Scott
, who split the state of Florida with Wiles, stepped down this past spring.
With King on board, the Hokies only have a couple spots left to work with. At this point, it seems likely that one of those spots will go towards a defensive back with Cam'Ron Kelly
being a top priority. In addition, the Hokies could consider adding another defensive tackle (given depth concerns at DT) or another running back though the addition of King likely changes things significantly.
Keshawn King in the Recruiting Rankings
King is ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN
and three-star recruit by the other recruiting ratings. Among running backs, King is ranked 20th best by ESPN, 25th best by 247 Sports
, 30th best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 49th best by Rivals
. In Florida, King is ranked 43rd best by 247 Sports, 48th best by ESPN, 65TH best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 89th best by Rivals.
Keshawn King's Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Wake Forest
- SEC: Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina
- Big 10: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue
- AAC: Cincinnati, Temple, UCF, USF
- Conference USA: FIU, Middle Tennessee
- Sun Belt: Georgia Southern, South Alabama
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