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We are less than two weeks away from Early Signing Day with the Hokies having a small class, but room to add about six or seven more targets. While the greater emphasis has been put on the defensive side of the ball, Virginia Tech still has a few talented offensive targets as they look to add at least another wide receiver while also pursuing some quarterbacks.
With that said, here's are the offensive names to watch.
4* WR Alante Brown
Alante Brown has emerged as the top of the board offensive target for Virginia Tech with the Hokies earning a spot as one of his five finalists as he told us earlier this week. Brown has three official visits to come over the next week and a half starting with a trip to Maryland this weekend followed by Nebraska during the middle of next week and Virginia Tech next weekend.
The Hokies are the lone non-Big 10 team involved in Brown's recruitment and while that may not be ideal for Tech's hopes, Brown has shown that he is more than willing to play away from his native Chicago. Brown showed that last year when he signed with Texas Tech before going to a prep school in Connecticut for a year.
Brown will have all four years of eligibility at his next school and definitely could be a candidate to play early especially with his versatility that has him being considered as a RB by some. That type of versatility would fit well in Blacksburg where athletic receivers have been given plenty of opportunities to make plays especially a guy like Tre Turner who averaged almost 10 yards a carry while leading the Hokies in receptions and receiving yards.
The Hokies will get the final word for Brown which definitely helps along with having a Chicago native on the roster already in Quincy Patterson. For now, all signs point to these next 3 visits being pivotal in Brown's recruitment.
3* WR LaMareon James
Things have gone quiet around former North Carolina commit LaMareon James, but there have been rumors that a decision may be coming during the Early Signing Window. If that is the case, the Hokies are definitely a top contender for the speedy 757 athlete who could fit well in the slot for the Hokies as a versatile player who has compared his style of play to Tavon Austin and could be used in a multitude of ways.
James also has the versatility to potentially play cornerback should things not work out as well at wide receivers, but the Hokies' primary pursuit of him is currently as a receiver.
Virginia Tech also looks like the clear frontrunners at this point though there are some things to be figured out for James and the Hokies before we see anything final.
At this point, Virginia Tech appears to be the clear frontrunner if he signs in a couple weeks, but that timeline could very easily be pushed back.
4* QB Chandler Morris
Chandler Morris is one of two quarterbacks who have already taken official visits to Virginia Tech on this list. The Hokies aren't the only school in pursuit of the former Arkansas commit and son of former Arkansas coach Chad Morris with Oklahoma and USC among the teams also pushing for the talented QB from Texas.
Morris has proven to be a very productive quarterback despite being under 6 feet tall with over 120 touchdowns to his name over his final 2 seasons of high school football.
Highland Park QB Chandler Morris threw for 7,668 yards and 88 touchdowns in two seasons as the Scots starter. He also ran for 37 TDs and led his team to the 2018 state championship.— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) November 30, 2019
Some college is going to be very lucky to get him. #txhsfb https://t.co/qksdU4mLKG
There's no doubt that this is an uphill battle for the Hokies especially going against Oklahoma. However, it's unclear whether an official visit to Oklahoma or USC has been set up yet which makes you wonder if Tech has a better chance than what they seem to have on paper.
Virginia Tech has an uphill battle for Morris, but there's no doubt that they're ready to make a hard push at trying to land another talented Texas QB.
3* QB Tate Rodemaker (USF Commit)
Since taking an official visit to Virginia Tech in late November, the pubic chatter around Rodemaker has quieted, but privately, the Hokies have continued their heavy pursuit of the talented USF commit.
This has included offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen making a stop at Rodemaker's school this past Thursday with Cornelsen looking to set up an in-home visit "next week." Cornelsen has led the charge in Rodemaker's recruitment with the two having a "good" relationship and being in regular contact.
For now, Rodemaker is still committed to USF, but he will make his final "decision" on December 18th. For that decision, Rodemaker is considering four schools including the Hokies and USF plus Pittsburgh and Northwestern. Currently, Rodemaker is taking an official visit to Pitt with an official visit to Northwestern scheduled for next weekend.
When Rodemaker does make his decision, he told us that his visits will play a large role in his final decision. For the Hokies, the question is will the impression they left on him in November be enough to hold on or is Tech in a bad position with PItt and Northwestern having the final 2 visits.
3* OL Kaden Moore
Virginia Tech made an under-the-radar recruiting move Sunday (12/8) evening extending an offer to three-star OL Kaden Moore, a Bowling Green commit.
Moore's size (6'3'', 305 pounds) suggests that his collegiate future is likely as an interior offensive lineman rather than tackle. This offer seems to be a clear indication that the Hokies are looking to add an interior offensive lineman this class to go with Parker Clements.
No one should be surprised by this with the transfers of John Harris and Joe Kane plus the medical retirement of Will Pritchard. Yes, the Hokies' 2019 offensive line class was pretty much all interior guys, but building balance among all classes should be a priority with these departures creating an opportunity to bring in an interior offensive lineman this class.
On paper, the Hokies should be the frontrunner given that Bowling Green is his only current FBS offer according to 247 Sports. However, we've seen Vance Vice find overlooked gems before like Christian Darrisaw and Silas Dzansi while Tech was the first Power 5 offer for Eugene Asante weeks before Early Signing Day with Asante receiving several P5 offers and becoming a high three-star recruit after that.
Kaden Moore is a serious name to watch that the Hokies will likely try to get on campus this weekend and seal the deal with in time for Early Signing Day.