Virginia Tech has already gotten off to a fast start this week on the recruiting trail landing a commitment from talented OT Hannes Hammer out of nearby North Cross School in Roanoke. However, that's far from the only news surrounding the Hokies on the recruiting trail.
With that said, here are the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes.
3* DB Dante Lovett
Talented three-star DB Dante Lovett recently released his top 4 schools which included lots of East Coast flair to it.
Virginia Tech was joined by Maryland, Cincinnati, and Boston College in the top 4 with a decision coming on May 8th according to 247 Sports for the standout out of Baltimore powerhouse DeMatha Catholic.
Lovett had previously told us in mid-April that VT, UMD, and BC were the 3 standing out for him, but the Bearcats are definitely no slouch especially after having both of their starting cornerbacks drafted plus their impending move to the Power 5 in the Big 12.
However, this is very much setting up to be a regional battle with Tech and Maryland seemingly at the forefront though the Eagles have had some regional success as well.
Lovett is a clear priority for the Hokies with Lovett previously telling us that he talks with "the whole defensive staff" at Virginia Tech "every other day". He also told us that he has a "really good" relationship with CBs coach Derek Jones and a "good" relationship with safeties coach Pierson Prioleau.
The stage is set for the final push to his decision later this week with the Hokies facing some tough competition to try to land the DeMatha standout.
3* DL Rodney Lora
Talented in-state defensive lineman Rodney Lora recently released his top 6 with Virginia Tech making the cut.
The Hokies are joined by in-state rivals Virginia along with Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana, and Rutgers. Plenty of other notable schools missed the cut for Lora including Wake Forest, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Vanderbilt, and more.
Lora is an intriguing prospect who likely projects at defensive tackle given his listed size of 6'4'' and around 265-270 pounds. He's definitely an intriguing player out of the private Woodberry Forest that has produced some talented players both as scholarship and preferred walk-ons including current VT QB Ben Locklear.
Woodberry Forest is a school very much in UVA's backyard and the Cavaliers could be a frontrunner in some ways given how both schools have some cultural similarities. Of course, if Lora is looking for something different, that could be to the detriment of the Cavaliers.
Michigan and North Carolina both should be considered threats as well given UNC's recent success recruiting the Commonwealth of Virginia along with Michigan's success in the DMV with players like Northern Virginia native Blake Corum along with Luiji Vilain who they got out of Episcopal in the Alexandria, VA area a few years ago and could have some similarities into approaching a recruitment of someone playing at a school not from his exact hometown.
The Hokies are right in the hunt for Rodney Lora, but still have plenty of strong competition to battle with getting him on campus for an official visit likely a top priority.
3* WR/RB Que'Sean Brown
College football coaches across the country are on the road doing plenty of recruiting evaluations including Virginia Tech with coaches travelling not only all over Virginia, but also all over the recruiting footprint.
That has included RBs coach Stu Holt making a stop at East Forsyth HS to see one of their spring practice and evaluate three-star WR Que'Sean Brown.
Tech's interest in Brown shouldn't come as a surprise after he told us that he had at least 1,000 receiving yards and 1,800+ all-purpose yards with 17 total touchdowns. This visit came last Tuesday with Brown being in contact with Holt and Virginia Tech since Holt stopped by to do some spring evaluations.
So far, Brown has built up a solid offer list that includes Duke, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Navy, JMU, and numerous others. In addition to the Hokies, Brown is also receiving interest from Wake Forest, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Appalachian State.
It's unclear whether the Hokies are recruiting Brown specifically as a wide receiver or as a running back with recruiting sites split as well on where they evaluate Brown. There's no doubt that Brown is very talented though his size at 5'8'' is definitely something that may make some larger schools think about how they want to use him given that sizze can start to be a factor at the higher levels of CFB but talent still wins out a lot.
Keep an eye on Que'Sean Brown as the Hokies continue to do plenty of evaluations across their recruiting footprint to try to avoid missing a potential diamond in the rough.