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Early Signing Day is here and Virginia Tech has already made plenty of noise on the recruiting trail. Here's a rundown of the biggest news involving the Hokies.
3* DT Desmond Mamudi Flips From USF to Virginia Tech
The Hokies started the day off well by flipping three-star DT Desmond Mamudi from South Florida to Tech. Mamudi is the first Florida commit for the Hokies this cycle and the first defensive tackle to date.
Read more on Mamudi's commitment here.
Fork Union DB Da'Shawn Elder Commits to Virginia Tech
Tech added their third new commitment within the past 24 hours later this morning in Fork Union DB Da'Shawn Elder.
Elder chose the Hokies over offers from TCU and multiple other FBS and FCS programs. He continues the Fork Union to Virginia Tech pipeline that has included Christian Darrisaw and Silas Dzansi, who committed to Tech before going to FUMA, and Terrius Wheatley among others.
The addition of Elder to a growing defensive back class with safeties like Jalen Stroman, Jalen Hoyle, and numerous other athletes who could end up at safety is proof of how Tech is committed to rectifying their depth issues at that position.
2* DB/WR Jabari Parker Commits to Virginia Tech as PWO
Virginia Tech has also landed another preferred walk-on who is a Virginia native in two-star DB/WR Jabari Parker.
Parker gives the Hokies their second prominent Virginia native who turned down FBS offers to go to Virginia Tech as a preferred walk-on after IMG Academy's 3* OT Will Jones, a Stuarts Draft native, committed to Tech last Friday on a PWO. Parker is ranked among the top 70 recruits in Virginia by the 247 Sports Composite and held scholarship offers from Air Force, Kent State, and others.
Landing preferred walk-ons may not be flashy but they are a great way to add extra depth and can absolutely be fruitful for finding some diamonds in the rough. Tech has experienced that with plenty of special teamers like Joey Slye but also guys like Sam Rogers and Jack Tyler plus current players like Kaleb Smith, Austin Cannon, and Tyler Matheny. Having a strong preferred walk-on base can absolutely pay major dividends in the long run and especially in the wonky scholarship climate we may be entering after this cycle.
Parker is also out of Richmond powerhouse Highland Springs where Tech needs to try to build a pipeline but has had plenty of failures trying to do so. Landing Parker could be a big step in the right direction for doing just that.
3* OL Canon Boone Flips From Virginia Tech to Mississippi State
There have been rumors that the Hokies may not be able to hold on to three-star OL Canon Boone from Texas and those came to fruition as he flipped to and signed with Mississippi State.
Boone's decommitment leaves the Hokies with only a pair of offensive linemen in Danijel Miletic and Bryce Goodner both of whom project on the interior.
With that in mind, expect Tech to focus heavily on offensive tackles in the remaining months this cycle with Floridian three-star OT and former Minnesota commit Austin Barber being a top target. Additionally, JUCO OL Ben Martinez continues to be on Tech's radar while three-star OT Cameron Dye from Georgia is a name to watch as a potential offer over the coming weeks.
We will have more updates throughout the day.