Virginia Tech suffered their first in-state decommitment of the 2021 cycle as the Hokies lost a commitment from three-star DB Shawn Asbury II who flipped his commitment from Tech to ACC rival Boston College.
1000% COMMITTED !! 🦅🦅 pic.twitter.com/uUQzXTj8iW— Shawn Asbury II ⁸ (@Shawnasbury_) November 20, 2020
Asbury is now the fifth 2021 recruit to decommit from the Hokies during 2020 joining QB Dematrius Davis (Auburn), WR Latrell Neville (Nebraska), DT Tyas Martin (Colorado), and WR Tray Curry (uncommitted).
His decommitment leaves the Hokies with four in-state commits this cycle in DB Jalen Stroman, WR Jaylen Jones, LB/DE Keli Lawson, and LB Isi Etute. Tech also only has four DB commits including the aforementioned Stroman, CB D.J. Harvey, S Jalen Hoyle, and CB Nykelius Johnson.
With Asbury's decommitment, the Hokies are almost certain to try to add at least one more defensive back and possibly two with four-star CB Markevious Brown being a top target. Additionally, 757 CB and UL-Monroe commit Caymen Mills plus CB Zi'Kef Johnson from Blythewood, South Carolina could be potential late offers to keep an eye on.
The fact that Tech lost a commitment from Shawn Asbury especially given how he basically committed instantly after receiving an offer for the Hokies is extremely disappointing. Combine that with the fact that Tech lost Asbury to a mid-tier ACC program Boston College, and it is a serious recruiting failure by Justin Fuente and his staff to say the least as there are no signs that Asbury was no longer a take whatsoever, at least at this initial point in time.