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Check out the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes as the Hokies look to wrap up their 2021 class well while also trying to get off to a strong start with their 2022 recruiting.
4* WR Keon Coleman
Put this down in the something you don't see everyday category, but Keon Coleman received two offers from Virginia Tech recently.
Keon Coleman also gets a #Hokies basketball offer. Not sure the last time I've seen both the football and basketball programs offers the same player. Maybe Isaiah Ford to am extent. Very talented athlete https://t.co/yu2B40NLto— Tim Thomas (@TimThomasTLP) October 16, 2020
Yes, the Hokies have had players either look into or play both football and basketball (Devin Wilson, Isaiah Ford), but Coleman is the first player that I can remember receiving offers to play both out of high school, at least to the best of my memory.
Coleman had this to say about receiving his Tech offers.
"It was a blessing. I have been looking forward to this offer for a while," Coleman said.
Part of the reason for the recruiting emergence of the Louisiana native Coleman is the fact that the Hokies are looking for a big, physical receiver to compliment Jaylen Jones and Da'Wain Lofton after losing a commitment from Tray Curry. Coleman fits that mold at 6'4'' and 200 pounds and fortunately for the Hokies, his recruitment is quite wide open after decommitting from Kansas recently.
Tech fans will also be hoping that they can land former Kansas commits as they do former Kansas players with Tech reaping the benefits via the additions of potential Heisman contender Khalil Herbert plus backup WR Evan Fairs.
Keep an eye on Coleman as he emerges as a primary target for a Tech program looking to add a taller than most receiver to their 2021 class.
JUCO OL Ben Martinez
After things slowed down for a little bit, JUCO offensive lineman Ben Martinez told us that the Hokies' interest in him has started to pick up recently.
"It's been picking up again. Coach (Zach) Sparber reaches back out to find out about my lifting numbers. And then yesterday, coach (Beau) Davidson reaches out and said he’d be getting me in front of the OL coach today," Martinez said.
The fact that the Hokies are in much more regular contact with Martinez now and working to set up a conversation with him and OL coach Vance Vice shows that there is at least some serious interest currently. So far, Martinez has not received an offer from a Power 5 program.
While Tech definitely could be the first one, Martinez has learned to be patient and wait for an offer to actually happen whether that's the Hokies, schools like California and Texas Tech who showed interest in the past, or others.
"I honesty have no clue. Hopefully today but I really have no clue. I’ve thought before with them and with other schools that they were gonna offer that day and they hadn’t. I’ve even had coaches say they were gonna offer and then never hear from them again. You really never know, college football coaches work in mysterious ways. You don’t know when they’re gonna offer until they offer you," Martinez said about how close a Tech offer could be and about schools potentially offering him in general.
What's clear is Virginia Tech is trying to at least keep healthy dialogue unlike other schools and make it clear that they have some serious interest.