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While on-field competition may have stopped across the sporting landscape, the world of recruiting has not stopped albeit it has been altered some due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, some recruits are continuing to trim down their list including a few Virginia Tech football targets who recently included the Hokies in their trimmed down lists.
Virginia Tech Makes the Top 5 for 4* WR Adonai Mitchell
Though Adonai Mitchell hasn't been able to visit Virginia Tech yet (and had his Spring Game visit cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic), Mitchell is clearly interested in the Hokies with Tech making his top 5.
Got it out the mud I can’t pretend that I’m used to this ... 5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/TzUVuL1wVT— Adonai Mitchell5️⃣ (@MoCityMitch) April 7, 2020
The Hokies have a lot of momentum in regards to their wide receiver recruiting currently with 4* WR Latrell Neville committing this weekend, physical WR Joshua Burrell continuing to have the Hokies among those standing out in his recruitment, and signs pointing towards the Hokies being the favorite for speedy WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce including the 247 Sports' Crystal Ball trending in VT's favor.
One of the interesting things with Mitchell is that he is a Houston-area native who only moved to Tennessee recently. Given that, many of his connections are in Houston including with Dematrius Davis with Mitchell previously telling us that it was Davis who "really set it off" that the Hokies were interested in him. As it appears to have been with Neville, that connection could be valuable in their pursuit of Mitchell.
Of course, it remains to be seen where Mitchell stands on a loaded wide receiver board where the Hokies have lots of traction. Additionally, the Hokies will have plenty of SEC challengers with Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia all making the cut. LSU could be a really tough team to beat if they push for Mitchell while Ole Miss definitely looks like a threat given their closer proximity to his Texas roots.
Keep an eye on Adonai Mitchell as Virginia Tech's wide receiver recruiting continues to gain more and more momentum.
Virginia Tech Makes the Top 10 for 4* CB Latrell McCutchin
With Dematrius Davis and Latrell Neville on board, the Hokies are still looking to add more talented recruits from Texas including four-star DE Landyn Watson and four-star CB Latrell McCutchin. Tech received some good news from McCutchin recently as the Hokies made his top 10.
The Hokies do appear to be a legitimate contender for McCutchin especially with the success they've had in the Houston region and the continuing momentum thanks to Latrell Neville's commitment. Additionally, the Hokies have room to add a couple more cornerbacks in addition to current commit, three-star ATH/CB Nykelius Johnson.
However, Oklahoma has been speculated as the frontrunner for a while now almost since McCutchin decommitted from Alabama. That shows in McCutchin's 247 Sports Crystal Ball with many national and regional recruiting experts putting their money behind the Sooners at the moment. Additionally, the Hokies likely would need to get him on campus to build serious momentum though Latrell Neville showed that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.
The Hokies are definitely in the hunt, but have an uphill battle against Oklahoma at the moment.
Virginia Tech Makes the Top 6 for 3* WR Skyler Bell
Mitchell wasn't the only receiver that the Hokies made the cut for as Virginia Tech made the cut for three-star WR Skyler Bell out of Connecticut.
Bell has mostly flown under-the-radar in terms of Virginia Tech wide receiver targets and it's unclear where he stands on the board. Tech has looked to the Northeast sporadically for talent with three-star OT Tristan Bounds emerging as an offensive line priority and Tech gaining a commitment from Mike Sainristil out of the New England area not too long ago before Sainristil eventually decommitted and ended up at Michigan.
Iowa may be the frontrunner for Bell at the moment with the 247 Sports' Crystal Ball favoring the Hawkeyes currently. Rutgers is also starting to gain momentum in their region under Greg Schiano and should likely be considered a top contender for Bell as well.
At this point, Tech feels like an underdog with the Hokies trending for other wide receivers and Bell trending with other programs within his top 6.