Here are some of the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes including updates on a pair of targets from Maryland plus an in-state quarterback to keep an eye on.
3* DE Mattheus Carroll
Mattheus Carroll was planning on waiting till July or August to make his decision, but the priority Virginia Tech target told us that his decision will be "definitely sooner than I originally hoped."
That could be a good sign for Virginia Tech with the Hokies currently recruiting Carroll the hardest. Additionally, Carroll told us that defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck and head coach Justin Fuente are leading the charge in his recruitment, another sign that the Hokies are making him one of their top priorities.
Carroll has taken multiple virtual visits during the dead period including ones to Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Cincinnati, and Temple. Additionally, Carroll has visited the Hokies already this calendar year as he previously discussed with us.
With Carroll appearing closer to a decision than he expected to be at this point, Virginia Tech may be the slight favorites in some ways given how they've prioritized him, hosted him already once this calendar year, and have built strong relationships with him. We'll have more on Carroll soon, but the Hokies are definitely in a strong position with him at the moment.
3* OL Delfin Castillo
Delfin Castillo has not been a name to receive a lot of attention, but Virginia Tech is squarely in the picture for Castillo from Maryland powerhouse St. Frances.
Castillo told us that Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are currently recruiting him the hardest with Castillo adding that the Hokies would be in his "top schools" if he had to release a group now. This comes after Castillo visited Virginia Tech for the Hokies' March 1st Junior Day while Castillo has also visited Maryland and Princeton in person this year.
Castillo plays tackle currently, but recruiting services project him likely to end up on the interior with Castillo being open to wherever his future program wants to place him on their offensive line. Given his size, teams will have plenty of options on where they want to use Castillo on their OL.
Looking ahead, Castillo told us that he is looking at making a decision in "late July or August", a timeline that could open the possibility for Castillo to take a couple more in-person visits depending on whether the dead period ends up wiping out July (currently only the regular dead period goes through mid-July after extension caused current dead period to overlap with it).
Tech may not have an offensive line commit, but they have lots of momentum as they look to build a strong offensive line class with Castillo being a top target.
3* QB Emmett Morehead
With Dematrius Davis gone, the Hokies are looking to land a quarterback this cycle after not signing one with their 2020 class. One target that seems to be rising is three-star QB Emmett Morehead from Northern Virginia.
Morehead told us that he hears weekly from Virginia Tech with offensive coordinator & QBs coach Brad Cornelsen being in contact with him the most. He had this to say about his relationship with Cornelsen.
"He puts good time and effort into coaching me up on zoom and over text, so we’ve built a good relationship. He also offered me a long time ago, having seen my potential earlier than others," Morehead said.
Morehead told us that Virginia Tech and Yale are recruiting him the hardest with those two schools being a part of a solid offer list that also includes Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Boston College, West Virginia, Buffalo, ODU, Richmond, and Pennsylvania.
As Virginia Tech's QB board continues to evolve, keep an eye on Morehead as one of VT's top QBs on their board.