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Here are the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes after the Hokies ended their May with their fourth commitment in 2.5 weeks from Mattheus Carroll.
3* DL T.J. Sanders
Three-star defensive lineman T.J. Sanders are "still" standing "high" in his recruitment as South Carolina and West Virginia also push hard for the talented recruit from the Palmetto State.
Sanders told us that the main reason why Virginia Tech is "still high" in his recruitment is because he "really likes Coach (Darryl) Tapp." Additionally, the Hokies appear to be doing a good job of recruiting Sanders being in contact with him "like every week." That contact, especially with Darryl Tapp, has allowed the two to build a "good" relationship.
The Hokies are pursuing Sanders as a defensive end who brings tremendous size to the table at 6'5'' and 275 pounds according to 247 Sports. That size could allow him to move to defensive tackle depending on how he develops both athletically and physically, something that also adds appeal to what he can bring to the table.
The Hokies do look like contenders, but South Carolina may be the favorites with the 247 Sports' Crystal Ball favoring the Gamecocks while West Virginia has been working on setting up a virtual visit.
3* CB D.J. Harvey
D.J. Harvey released an updated top 5 with Virginia Tech remaining in it and one minor change among two schools not on the West Coast.
Louisville is in for Harvey now while Texas has fallen out of his top 5, his first update of it since his April release. It's unclear how much traction Louisville has, but it's pretty clear that the Cardinals are a team worth monitoring with their significant push paying off.
The fact that the Hokies were able to get Harvey on campus this spring just before the NCAA instituted its dead period has proved valuable while the Hokies have kept the heat on with Harvey being a top cornerback target. Additionally, Oregon, USC, and California all remain legitimate contenders for Harvey especially the in-state Pac-12 programs.
As Harvey makes a slight adjustment in his recruitment, Virginia Tech remains right in the forefront as a top contender.
OL Danijel Miletic, DE Jake Loew
Virginia Tech has gone international before in recruiting in recent years under Justin Fuente first with talented punter Oscar Bradburn out of Australia followed by French TE Wilfried Pene who spent this season at a school in the Northeast.
Now, the Hokies are looking international again with VT extending an offer recently to German OL Danijel Miletic and also showing interest in Australian DE Jake Loew.
The Hokies are among three schools to have offered Miletic to date with East Carolina and UCF following Tech's lead. Additionally, there has been talk that Miletic has also been receiving interest from other Power 5 programs.
However, Miletic may not be the only international offer for the Hokies this cycle.
Jake Loew, a defensive end out of Australia, told us that he had a conversation with defensive line coach Darryl Tapp that "went well" over the weekend. The focus of the conversation was on learning more about Loew's "background" as the Hokies make initial contact and assess whether or not to offer him.
As the game of American football grows internationally, expect more international players to end up in the college football ranks with Virginia Tech embracing the trend and looking beyond American borders for star talent.