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Check out the latest Virginia Tech footbal recruiting notes including updates on a defensive line and linebacker/athlete target, plus a Canadian wide receiver who is also receiving interest from the Hokies.
3* DE Deonte Anderson
Deonte Anderson has emerged as one of Virginia Tech's higher defensive line targets with the Hokies being in contact with him weekly led by recruiting assistant Lino Lupinetti.
That is paying off with Anderson telling us that the Hokies are in "good" standing in his recruitment due to the "constant communication" that Virginia Tech has had with him. Similar to Donovan McMillon's recruitment, it's clear that Lupinetti is playing a big role in putting the Hokies right in the hunt for Anderson.
South Carolina is also in regular contact with Anderson and should be considered a serious contender for the talented Florida defensive end as well. However, it may also be too early to make any definitive statements on Anderson who currently doesn't plan to make a decision till after his senior season.
Given that extended timeline, it will open the door for schools to host him on official visits this fall and winter with the Hokies likely needing to land an official with him in order to remain a serious contender. In the meantime, the Hokies are in a solid position in the early stages of his recruitment.
3* ATH Keli Lawson
After offering three-star in-state ATH Keli Lawson, the Hokies have quickly emerged as the frontrunner in his recruitment.
Lawson told us that the Hokies are currently "at the top of my list" for the three-star athlete out of Sherando HS in Stephens City, VA. This comes after the Hokies offered Lawson at the beginning of this month, immediately becoming a defensive target to watch.
Lawson's offer list does seem to be growing as the 6'4'' athlete has also received an offer from Old Dominion recently, joining a list that also includes Virginia, Toledo, and Liberty. Additionally, Lawson has previously told us that he has been receiving interest from several other schools including Michigan State and Wake Forest.
Tech has quickly gone from new offer to frontrunner for Keli Lawson and could be closing in on adding another in-state commitment to a class that already includes Richmond WR Jaylen Jones and Northern Virginia DB Jalen Stroman.
WR Nickolas Tshivuadi
Virginia Tech may have landed one international commitment from German/Serbian OL Danijel Miletic along with showing interest in Australian DE Jack Loew, but the Hokies are also looking north of the border as well.
Edmonton, Alberta WR Nickolas Tshivuadi told us that he has been receiving interest from the Hokies recently with LBs coach Tracy Claeys being the primary contact person. Tshivuadi also added that his contact with Claeys is "starting to pick up a bit."
So far, Tshivuadi has been offered by South Florida and UT-Martin, but he should have a larger platform to receive Power 5 attention as he will play at Clearwater International Academy in Clearwater, FL this upcoming season. That makes Tshivuadi a serious candidate to be a late-cycle recruit that blows up and could be a steal for a team looking for a bigger receiver like the Hokies who lost a commitment from Latrell Neville recently.
Keep an eye on Tshivuadi as a potential offer candidate at some point down the road this fall if not sooner.