Virginia Tech's recent recruiting momentum continued on Mother's Day as the Hokies landed a commitment from three-star DB Dante Lovett out of Maryland powerhouse DeMatha Catholic.
Lovett chose the Hokies over his other final 4 schools of in-state Maryland, 2021 CFB Playoff team Cincinnati, and Boston College. He's Tech's fifth 2023 commit including the third just in May so far along with three star OTs Hannes Hammer and Gabriel Arena.
Lovett told us that his "connections to the school and the staff" led him to choosing the Hokies over his offers. He expanded on his relationship with CBs coach Derek Jones and the importance that had on his decision as well.
"He played a big part. Him as a person made it easy for me to pick (Virginia Tech). He’s a genuinely good person," Lovett said.
He also said that he likes safeties coach Pierson Prioleau "a lot" with that relationship flourishing during his recent VT visit and playing a role in his decision to choose the Hokies.
The commitment of Lovett over Maryland in their backyard at a powerhouse school like DeMatha is a big win for Brent Pry and his staff including Derek Jones. These are the type of DMV battles that the Hokies had been losing more often than not during the Justin Fuente era, and landing Lovett against a big time recruiter like Mike Locksley is a big win on the trail.
We will have more as this story develops.