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Virginia Tech made another splash today on the recruiting trail today by the flipping commitment of three-star TE Jared Gibble from Charlotte to the Hokies.
Gibble becomes the Hokies' first tight end commit of the 2021 class and the 21st active commit of the cycle. He also becomes the second commit of the week after three-star RB Kenji Christian committed to the Hokies yesterday.
Gibble had this to say about why he chose the Hokies.
"It’s an opportunity to play football at the highest level and to play at my dream school," Gibble.
Gibble's public commitment comes after he received an offer from the Hokies just this past Sunday night. He told us that the fact that Tech is his "dream school" and his relationship with TEs coach James Shibest were big reasons why he flipped his commitment so quickly.
Gibble also expanded on how important his relationship with Shibest was in choosing the Hokies.
"It was very important, he’s been very transparent with me throughout the process and through that we’ve built a good relationship. He is excited to coach me and i’m excited to play for him," Gibble said.
Another thing that appealed to Jared Gibble was how much tight ends are featured in Tech's offense with Gibble feeling he'll have the opportunity to be utilized in lots of ways.
"I feel like I can thrive in their offense because they feature so much tight end play. I believe that I’ll be allowed to show off my versatility in their offense," Gibble said.
Additionally, Gibble will be in Blacksburg in the not too distant future as he told us that he intends to enroll early. He's the third commit to publicly state their intention to enroll early along with three-star DBs Nykelius Johnson and Shawn Asbury II.
With Gibble on board, Tech may only have room for one more tight end though if they can take 2 of their other top targets, it wouldn't be surprising for them to try to find a way to do so. Jordan Dingle, Robbie Ouzts, and Jack Hollifield remain Tech's top remaining tight end targets that are still uncommitted.
We will have more as this story develops.