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Virginia Tech's July recruiting momentum grew today as the Hokies landed a commitment from three-star WR Da'Wain Lofton out of Fort Worth, TX.
Lofton became the Hokies' fifth commit this month along with talented California CB D.J. Harvey, 757 LB Isi Etute, Tennessee WR Tray Curry, and Georgia RB Malachi Thomas. He is also the Hokies' third current WR commit joining the aforementioned Curry and Richmond WR Jaylen Jones.
He had this to say about why he chose Virginia Tech.
"I’ve developed a great relationship with the coaching staff and I felt that was the best place for me," Lofton said.
Lofton's decision comes after he told us earlier today that the Hokies were among five schools standing out for him along with Mississippi State, Indiana, Vanderbilt, and Washington State. As of this morining, the Bulldogs appeared to be the slight favorites to land him over the Hokies, but Tech has clearly made a big move in recent days to seal the deal.
This is a big win for the original #TX2VT movement and proof that though the movement in that form may be dead, the impact of it lives on with the doors to spot recruiting in Texas being blown wide open.
Lofton also fits well as a versatile slot receiver who can do all sorts of things as shown by the fact that he had accumulated 2,091 all-purpose yards last season including 1,216 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 55 receptions plus 332 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Additionally, Lofton returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns last season and could definitely end up returning kicks, punts, or both for VT.
With Lofton on board, Tech's 2021 wide receiver class looks quite well-rounded with Da'Wain Lofton being the slot guy, Jaylen Jones being the versatile, speedy outside guy, and Tray Curry being the jumbo outside receiver. While it is possible that Tech adds another receiver this class, the way that would seem most likely to happen at this point would be if Tech lost a WR commit, something that doesn't seem likely at this point.