Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Notes 5/28/19

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | May 28, 2019
Virginia Tech football has been busy offering talented high school recruits all across the country especially along the East Coast and in the South. Meanwhile, the Hokies have also gained some momentum on the trail with some of their top targets. With that said, here's an update from Virginia Tech football on the recruiting trail.

Virginia Tech Makes the Top 11 for 4* DE Tyler Baron

The Hokies have made Tyler Baron one of their top defensive line targets in the 2019 class with VT making the top 11 for the brother of former Hokie star Woody Baron. The Hokies' family connection to Tyler Baron is undeniable and makes Virginia Tech a top contender on-paper for the talented four-star defensive lineman. However, Baron also has a stronger connection to Tennessee with his father being Patrick Abernathy, a Tennessee assistant in Player Development. Baron has been very quiet about his recruitment with 247 Sports saying that Virginia Tech and Tennessee are two of only three schools that Baron has visited this year, another sign that the Hokies and Volunteers are the favorites in Baron's recruitment. Baron has the potential to be a centerpiece addition for either the Hokies or Volunteers' 2019 recruiting classes with the Hokies hoping that Baron can follow his brother's footsteps in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech Makes the Top 8 for 3* S Ke'Von Hunter

Ke'Von Hunter may be emerging as a top defensive back target for the Hokies especially after the talented safety included the Hokies in his top 8. The Hokies are one of the two nearby programs to make the cut for the safety out of D.C. power H.D. Woodson alongside ACC Coastal rival Pittsburgh. Hunter's list is also dominated by the ACC and SEC with four programs from each of those conferences represented in his top 8. Hunter's recruitment has been very quiet but given this recent news, he definitely is a name to keep an eye on with the Hokies likely to only add one safety this class given the tight numbers and higher number of safeties added in recent classes. For Virginia Tech, it'll be important to get Hunter on campus sometime this summer to become a more serious contender in his recruitment.

3* S Terrell Gordon Hopes to Visit Virginia Tech Soon

After receiving an offer from safeties coach Justin Hamilton earlier this month, three-star S Terrell Gordon told us that he's hoping to take a visit to Virginia Tech sometime this summer. Gordon only has four offers at the moment but two of those are from Power 5 programs in the Hokies and Ole Miss. Gordon added that he has been told by his coach that other Power 5 programs are also interested though he hasn't been told about any of the specific schools. When Gordon does visit Blacksburg, he told us that he is hoping to getting a good look at the program along with how Virginia Tech can help him grow as a young man beyond the football field. Looking ahead, Gordon told us that he's currently looking to make a commitment sometime during August though nothing is set at the moment. Whenever he does commit, Gordon told us that the team he chooses will be getting a player who is "quick minded, physical, and very coachable." As the Hokies look to add a couple defensive backs, keep an eye on Terrell Gordon as one of Virginia Tech's top safety targets especially if the Hokies can get a visit set up with him.

Virginia Tech Makes the Top 8 for 3* DE Robert Wooten

Virginia Tech football has extended a fair amount of offers in the state of Texas recently and have gained some traction with the Hokies making the top 8 recently for three-star DE Robert Wooten. Wooten told us back in February when the Hokies initially offered that VT was a part of his current top 3 along with Texas Tech and SMU with those three schools being the only offers from then to make the cut now. There's no doubt that Virginia Tech will have an uphill battle given the distance, but the Hokies should be considered a contender not only given how long they've been involved but also because of the past history. Texas Tech does appear to be the favorite given their in-state status and the Power 5 status they hold over SMU while other nearby schools like Arkansas and Missouri could be teams to keep an eye on.

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