Things are heating up on the recruiting trail both on the high school and transfers fronts after a week where Virginia Tech landed a big time transfer commitment from Florida DE/LB Antwaun Powell-Ryland. With that said, here's a look at some of the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes.
Harvard OL Mason Williams
With App State OL transfer Troy Everett committing to Oklahoma, Tech's offensive line focus in the transfer portal more heavily shifts in other directions including to Harvard's All-Ivy League First Team OL Mason Williams.
Williams told us that he is working on setting up a visit to Virginia Tech for May 18th-19th while he is also working to set up a visit to Memphis for May 20th-21st. He added that the Hokies, Tigers, and Colorado State are the three schools that he is currently considering at this moment for his final season of college football.
Tech knows that they need some help on the offensive line both in terms of depth and an upgrade at right guard with Williams having the talent to at least provide quality depth. If he chose Virginia Tech, he would likely become the favorite to be the starting right guard over Jesse Hanson and Bob Schick though there likely would be a competition for that job in fall camp.
With Everett heading to Oklahoma, keep an eye on Mason Williams as the Hokies look for an offensive lineman in the spring transfer portal cycle.
3* DB Quentin Reddish
Three-star DB Quentin Reddish out of Charlotte has emerged as one of Virginia Tech's top safety targets in the 2024 class. Tech made his top 3 earlier this spring and since then, Reddish has set multiple official visits including one to Virginia Tech that is now confirmed on the dates.
Reddish told us that he will be visiting Virginia Tech around June 7th. We are waiting for clarification to fully confirm that this is a midweek official as it appears to be but if so, he would not be the only one visiting Tech at that time with four-star WR Alex Taylor taking an official visit during that same midweek period as well.
This means that Reddish officially has all three of his official visits set with the other 2 being to Wake Forest and NC State with a decision likely to come after those official visits.
Outside of Virginia, North Carolina has become one of the more important recruiting areas for Brent Pry and his staff this cycle with the Hokies historically having a decent amount of success recruiting down there even against in-state ACC programs. Reddish has emerged as a big time target for the Hokies at the safety position with great size at 6'3'' that gives him plenty of upside. He's also from the same high school in Charlotte as Adonis Alexander who could be a comparable in some ways at least physically to Reddish.
Will Reddish following Adonis Alexander's footsteps from Independence HS in Charlotte to playing for Virginia Tech? We should have an answer after his June official visits.
LB Jaelyn Allen
In addition to plenty of important official visits, June will also be full of camps in Blacksburg as the Hokies look to evaluate some prospects further and extend some new offers.
One recruit who will be looking to earn an offer from Virginia Tech is LB Jaelyn Allen out of Salem HS in Salem, VA.
Allen told us that he will be camping at Virginia Tech on June 2nd in pursuit of an offer from the Hokies. He will be one of the top 2024 names to watch during this camp season after he recently he received his first Power 5 offer from Cincinnati.
Allen is teammates with two of Virginia Tech's top targets for the 2024 cycle in four-star RB Peyton Lewis and three-star LB Chris Cole. He is considered a talented player in his own right as well and has intriguing size at 6'3'' and 225 pounds that projects well as a linebacker at the next level. He also plays some tight end for Salem and could easily fit as an h-back type tight end at the collegiate level.
Camp season is right around the corner with Jaelyn Allen being an offer candidate to watch next month.