Check out the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes as the Hokies look to make a JUCO addition to their 2022 roster while they make the cut for a top in-state target and more.
2022 JUCO 3* DB Roman Rashada
Roman Rashada is down to a final 3 with Virginia Tech's big push paying off to make the cut.
The Hokies were joined by Ole Miss and Miami for Rashada who has already taken 4 official visits including one to Miami. He told Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports that he is actively deciding whether to take his final official visit to Virginia Tech or Ole Miss and that he then plans to make a decision "early next week" as he told 247 Sports.
To state the obvious, Virginia Tech needs Rashada to choose a trip to Blacksburg over a trip to Ole Miss in a decision that almost feels certain to eliminate the school not chosen by Rashada. Rashada has a younger brother who is a five-star QB in the 2023 class who included Ole Miss (and Miami) in the top 7 so it could be somewhat of an uphill battle for Tech though as the 247 Sports states, Tech is making a big push to land him.
3* DB Antonio Cotman Jr
Antonio Cotman Jr is one of Virginia Tech's top in-state priorities in the 2023 class with the Hokies gaining lots of traction and making the Richmond standout's top 5.
The Hokies were joined by Maryland, Ole Miss, Arizona State, and Boston College. Among the notable offers not to make Cotman's top 5 are Penn State, Florida State, Arkansas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Purdue, and Duke.
Cotman has visited Tech way more than any other schools on this top 5 with 5 trips to Blacksburg including 2 in 2022 after the arrival of Brent Pry. Boston College is the only other school in his top 5 that he has made multiple visits to having made 2 trips to Chestnut Hill including 1 in 2022.
There's no doubt that Tech looks like the on-paper favorite to land the talented in-state DB who is trained by former star Virginia Tech CB Roc Carmichael. Carmichael also trains VT commit Dante Lovett Jr with Lovett and Cotman appearing to be fairly close based on Twitter interactions along with having that common bond with Carmichael which could help Tech in multiple ways.
Maryland and Boston College definitely provide some quality, regional competition with the Terps making a big splash in flipping four-star RB Ramon Brown out of the Richmond area and BC having some recruiting success in VA previously. Ole Miss also is an intriguing team to watch while Arizona State feels like the longshot given the distance along with the stability questions surrounding Herm Edwards and his program that continues to be under NCAA investigation.
2024 4* ATH Quinton Martin
Quinton Martin has emerged as one of the consensus top 20-25 recruits in the 2024 class and seems poised to become a five-star recruit in the not too distant future. Tech has also generated some interest from the Belle Vernon, PA standout who plans to visit Virginia Tech next month.
There's no doubt that Tech's odds of landing Martin aren't great given that he's going to have just about every option possible. Additionally, Penn State has been able to get the in-state standout on campus five times already including twice this year per On3 which is a great foundation for their long-term pursuit of him.
However, you have to get a guy on campus to have any sort of chance and the fact that he's visiting Blacksburg is a big plus for the Hokies. Brent Pry undoubtedly recruited Martin during his time at Penn State and should have a strong relationship already that could boost Tech's hopes more than you might expect.
Will it be a very uphill battle for Tech? Absolutely, but they're giving themselves a shot with a long ways to go.