Three-Star QB Alex Orji Flips From Virginia Tech to Michigan

Three-Star QB Alex Orji Flips From Virginia Tech to Michigan
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Tim Thomas

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TLP: Editor
Dec 15, 2021

Virginia Tech did suffer an Early Signing Day flip on the recruiting loss side of things as three-star QB Alex Orji out of Texas flipped from the Hokies to Michigan.

Orji's departure comes after Michigan hosted Orji on an official visit over the weekend and leaves Tech with only one QB commit in this class in Devin Farrell. His departure also means that two of Tech's three Texas commits have flipped elsewhere with Johnny Dickson being the lone signee though he has VA roots.

This was always going to be a tough guy to keep with Orji having a big year and plenty of teams circling. Additionally, Michigan is having their best season in a long time and that momentum combined with a staff far away that he doesn't know going against one that is in the playoff for a guy comfortable with going a long ways from home proved to be too much in the end.

Not having an offensive coordinator in place may have hurt a little as well

While there's no doubt that losing Orji is tough from a talent perspective, this is one that doesn't come as a shock given the lack of ties to VA and the distance unlike Johnny Dickson who has roots in the Portsmouth area, making it a homecoming for him signing with the Hokies.

Tech did sign one QB commit today in Georgia HS powerhouse Milton standout Devin Farrell who like Orji has put up some tremendous numbers and success in high school. It remains to be seen if Tech looks to bring in another high school QB though they do seem certain to pursue an older QB via the transfer portal and/or JUCO route.

We will have more as this story develops.