Our position-by-position recruiting breakdown continues on at cornerback where Virginia Tech has already made lots of progress as Tech's DB coaching combo of CBs coach Derek Jones and safeties coach Pierson Prioleau looks to continue to grow VT's DBU tradition. With that said, check out our cornerback recruiting breakdown along with the rest of our position-by-position breakdowns.
2023 Starting To Fill Up
Virginia Tech's cornerback class already is starting to fill up with in-region talent while the rest of its formation will remain in Tech's footprint. With Tech having signed Cam Johnson and Mansoor Delane with Johnson being a CB and Delane potentially being one as well, Tech may not need to take a large cornerback class though the talent may allow for more.
The Hokies already have a commitment from three-star ATH Dante Lovett out of Maryland powerhouse DeMatha Catholic beating out Maryland in their backyard for him. Lovett likely projects at a cornerback for the Hokies though most consider him an athlete who could also end up elsewhere at WR or safety if CB doesn't work out.
Another intriguing three-star ATH commit is Tayke Heath out of Richmond's Highland Springs though Heath projects more likely as a wide receiver than a cornerback for the Hokies.
Three-star DB Antonio Cotman Jr out of Richmond's Life Christian Academy has emerged as one of Virginia Tech's top defensive targets this cycle with the standout DB having visited Virginia Tech twice since Brent Pry's arrival. Cotman is trained by former Virginia Tech CB Roc Carmichael which is a useful connection to have with the Hokies looking like the favorite on paper. Cotman likely projects at cornerback though he has the size to play safety or even grow into a sam LB role.
Three-star CB Cameren Fleming out of Richmond's Trinity Episcopal is also a high priority for Virginia Tech at CB with the Hokies hosting him on an official visit earlier this week days after his official visit to Minnesota per 247 Sports. Fleming is also currently scheduled to take an official visit to North Carolina and though Minnesota shouldn't be ruled out, this seems primarily like a VT-UNC recruiting battle.
Four-star ATH Zack Myers is set to visit Virginia Tech later this month and is a surprise name that emerged on radars just a few weeks ago when Myers sent out a tweet that he was taking an official visit to Virginia Tech on the fourth weekend of June. Myers is also taking an official to N.C. State this weekend in what is a Hokies-Wolfpack battle currently for the Arden, NC standout. Myers could end up at either wide receiver or cornerback which, if he chooses Virginia Tech, could also depend on how each position class fills out.
Four-star CB Ethan Nation out of Georgia has a Virginia Tech offer though it's unclear how heavily the Hokies are involved. His recruitment also appears very open at the moment with no official visits scheduled.
A couple other names to watch include three-star CB Collin Gill out of Washington D.C. along with three-star DB Travon West out of South Carolina who is seen as a cornerback by some and a safety by others.
Three-star DB Rushaun Tongue is an intriguing target out of Maryland that like those others may be a little farther down the board though his recruitment seems to be taking off with officials this month to Boston College and Wake Forest per 247 Sports and is seen as a safety by some.
Three-star Kenneth Lowery II, a teammate of Cotman's at Richmond's Life Christian, could be a later cycle target depending on how he develops with the Hokies having not offered him yet though Pittsburgh and a few other non-Power 5 schools have.
Virginia Tech's top cornerback tier is pretty clear at the moment with the Hokies looking to add some more in-state talent plus a NC standout to their current, intriguing cornerback class.
2024 Loaded With Potential
Any conversation about the 2024 recruiting class at cornerback has to technically start with arguably the #1 recruit in the country, five-star CB Desmond Ricks out of IMG Academy. Now why is Ricks being mentioned here? Well Ricks is a 757 native and the home appeal could maybe give Tech a small in and a chance. However, it would be quite the incredible recruiting pull if Tech beat out just about everyone in the country for Ricks. I wouldn't put my money on that.
Four-star CB Asaad Brown Jr out of 757 powerhouse Oscar Smith HS is certainly poised to be a top priority for the Hokies in the 2024 class. Tech will face loads of competition as Brown has a strong offer list and is being nationally recruited with Clemson, Texas A&M, and LSU among those involved along with other schools in region like N.C. State and North Carolina.
Three-star CB Milton Ferguson out of the 757's Green Run HS is the third 757 native on Tech's cornerback board for the 2024 cycle. Tech may be at Virginia Beach's Green Run a whole lot in the coming 18 months given the talent they have that cycle with Ferguson and four-star WR Keylen Adams.
The fourth in-state cornerback to watch is three-star Noah Jenkins out of Richmond powerhouse Highland Springs which continues to produce major Power 5 talent. Jenkins is considered a cornerback by some and a safety by others. Regardless, Tech's strong presence at Highland Springs should definitely help Tech's hopes for Jenkins.
Maryland is also loaded with cornerback talent again in the 2024 cycle with four-star CBs Ify Obidegwu out of Baltimore powerhouse St Frances and Bryadon Lee out of Springdale, MD. Elsewhere, three-star CB Troy Stevenson out of Charleston, SC and four-star CB Omillio Agard out of Philadelphia are both intriguing names to watch for the upcoming cycle.
Virginia Tech's 2024 cornerback target board is loaded with intriguing talent in a year where the Commonwealth of Virginia has lots of intriguing prospects to watch.