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Virginia Tech has been looking to gain some recruiting momentum and they gained it this evening landing a commitment from three-star WR Jaylen Jones.
Jones becomes one of 6 recruits currently committed to the Hokies along with 4* WR Latrell Neville, 3* DBs Nykelius Johnson and Jalen Hoyle, 3* LB Will Johnson, and 3* DT Tyas Martin. He also becomes the first in-state commit of the class with the Hokies having a great chance to double that total with three-star ATH Jalen Stroman announcing next week.
Jones had an impressive 2019 high school season for Thomas Jefferson HS in Richmond, VA as his HUDL lists him with 76 receptions for 1,369 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. This would back up some of what I've heard from around the Commonwealth that Jones is currently underrated nationally by the recruiting rankings.
Landing Jones is not only a big in-state win for the Hokies that VT needed given that almost half of the ACC has offered Jones, but is also the first big in-state recruiting victory for CBs coach Ryan Smith. Part of the reason for hiring Smith was due to the hope that he could help the Hokies land more of Virginia's most talented players with this being a start for doing that in the 2021 class.
Now, the Hokies will look to build on that momentum especially in the Richmond area where they have multiple other top targets including four-star DL Kelvin Gilliam and four-star WR Malcolm Johnson.