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Virginia Tech had some fireworks on the recruiting trail on this July 4th as three-star CB D.J. Harvey committed to the Hokies.
Harvey becomes the Hokies' fifth defensive back commit joining Nykelius Johnson, Jalen Hoyle, Jalen Stroman, and Shawn Asbury II. Harvey also becomes the Hokies' second pure cornerback commit alongside Johnson while Asbury could end up at cornerback or safety.
The talented California cornerback chose the Hokies over Oregon and California, who were among his final 3, along with USC, Texas, and Louisville, who were all a part of his top 5 at one point. To beat out schools like Oregon, California, and USC for a West Coast star like Harvey is an impressive win for the Hokies.
His video also includes recent Virginia Tech DBs like Terrell Edmunds and Greg Stroman congratulating him on his commitment along with defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton.
Harvey has been the Hokies' top cornerback target for months with Tech gaining serious traction ever since he visited Tech as part of the Midnight Madness Junior Day for the large group of California recruits that visited right before the COVID dead period. Tech put in the work with the whole staff (yes, you read that right) being in regular contact with Harvey. In the end, that pursuit has clearly paid off in a big way.
One person who likely deserves a lot of credit is recruiting assistant Beau Davidson who forged the relationship with a California trainer and set up the Midnight Madness event that made the Hokies a contender for Harvey. As much of the coaching staff deserves credit, the recruiting staff (and especially Davidson) also deserve tons of credit.
Landing Harvey puts the Hokies' defensive back class in great shape with four-star CB Markevious Brown and three-star S Donovan McMillon being the remaining know targets that Tech would take.
We will have more as this story develops.