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Here are the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes including updates on a pair of top defensive targets and another offensive lineman that the Hokies are starting to show some interest in.
3* CB D.J. Harvey
D.J. Harvey told Greg Biggins of 247 Sports that he is down to a top 3 of Virginia Tech, Oregon, California. This trimming of his list cuts out USC and Louisville, who had previously replaced Texas in his top 5 after making a push in his recruitment.
Harvey also moved up his decision date for September 18th which does leave open the possibility of the Hokies being able to host Harvey on an official visit for either the Liberty or Penn State game. Tech will likely push to secure an official especially for the PSU game with there definitely being a strong possibility that the Hokies can secure it with Harvey himself mentioning his hopes to take an in-person official to VT in addition to visiting Cal with his family.
The good news regardless is that the Hokies have some serious traction with Harvey that started with his visit earlier this spring for the Hokies' Midnight Madness event. That experience could prove valuable for Tech if Harvey is unable to take any visits before making his decision depending on what the NCAA's visit policy will be this fall due to the coronavirus.
Things can change a lot in recruiting but if I had to make a prediction today, I think I would lean towards Virginia Tech based on what I've been hearing. Obviously, there's still a long ways to go and beating out Oregon and California for a West Coast star will be a challenge, but the Hokies are in excellent with an all-in push from everyone on their staff paying off.
3* DE Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson released his top 10 recently and unsurprisingly, the Hokies made the cut for him.
Thank you to all the coaches who are recruiting me, blessed to be in the position I’m in.... Top10 ! pic.twitter.com/viNfVsA4z9— Robert Jackson (@robjackson215) June 21, 2020
He had this to say about why Virginia Tech made his top 10.
"VT made my top ones because I like what they have going with their program, and I like their campus and coaching staff," Jackson said.
Jackson added that Virginia Tech is among five schools recruiting him the hardest along with Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Indiana, and Cincinnati.
There have been rumors that Jackson may be very close to making a decision with this looking like a potential regional recruiting battle with Rutgers and Pittsburgh also among those heavily pushing for him. He's also an intriguing recruit that shows how the Hokies are looking to get bigger on the defensive line with Jackson coming in at 6'6'' and 245 according to 247 Sports.
One thing that could be valuable for the Hokies is the fact that they do have connections to his high school, Archbishop Wood, as the Hokies have previously signed Nasir Peoples out of there while recent transfer Raheem Blacksheer is also an alum of Archbishop Wood. Those local connections could prove valuable at a time where exposure to a school's campus is limited due to the dead period that was implemented back in March due to the coronavirus.
Keep an eye on Jackson as the Hokies continue their push to get bigger on the defensive line.
3* OL Kamron Scott
Kamron Scott, a former UTSA commit, has seen his recruitment take off recently with Ole Miss and SMU recently extending offers to the talented offensive lineman from Texas. However, those may not be the last offers that Scott receives in his recruitment.
Scott told us that Virginia Tech has been showing him "a little bit" of interest recently with a focus on him potentially starting out at offensive tackle. While the fan attention on Texas has decreased, the Hokies' coaches are continuing to look at Texas as a potential place to find some talented players who could fit what they are looking for.
Scott also told us that he is receiving interest from Florida State, Baylor, Iowa State, and Kansas.
247 Sports lists him as an offensive tackle but ranks him as an offensive guard, showing that this size at around 6'4'' or 6'5'' may push him inside though it seems clear that he has the versatility to also play on the interior.
Tech continues to evaluate offensive linemen all over the country as the Hokies look to add to their offensive line class that already holds a commitment from German/Serbian OL Danijel Miletic.