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Check out the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes as multiple recruits begin to trim down their recruitments.
3* DB Donovan McMillon
Donovan McMillon is down to five schools with Virginia Tech unsurprisingly making the cut for one of their top defensive back targets.
The Hokies were joined by Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas A&M with the Hokies representing the regional presence in his top 5 relative to the other teams who made the cut. McMillon told us that the Hokies made his top 5 because Virginia Tech is an "amazing program."
The Hokies have had success recruiting in Pennsylvania and the northern Mid-Atlantic/Eastern Rust Belt region under Justin Fuente. Part of the reason for Tech's success has been the strong friendship that McMillon and Virginia Tech recruiting assistant Lino Lupinetti have built. Additionally, the Hokies have both defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton and head coach Justin Fuente leading the charge, showing how big of a priority he is for the staff.
McMillon previously was scheduled to take an official visit this month prior to the extension of the dead period through the end of June. While that official won't be happening, McMillon did previously tell us that he was certain about taking an official to Virginia Tech even if it had to be at a later date.
The Hokies are a clear top contender for talented safety Donovan McMillon with the Hokies hoping he'll complete their 2021 safety class.
3* WR Da'Wain Lofton
Three-star WR Da'Wain Lofton has been receiving more attention from Hokie fans lately as his presence as a wide receiver target for Virginia Tech has become more clear.
Blessed to say these are my Top 8 schools....👏🏽— Dawain Lofton (@DawainL) June 1, 2020
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Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt feel like the top contenders on paper in his recruitment given the fact that those 3 schools are recruiting him the hardest. Tech's heavy recruiting push, led by assistants Jafar Williams and Adam Lechtenberg, are part of the main reason why the Hokies are major contenders.
Lofton also received an offer from Penn State recently and the Nittany Lions could definitely be a team to keep an eye on. While it remains to be seen how hard that PSU will push for Lofton, it's hard to ignore them as a potential serious threat in the recruitment of Lofton.
Lofton is definitely an intriguing, versatile prospect who would fit well in the slot in this class especially with VT currently having commitments from a bigger, outside receiver in Latrell Neville, and in-state star Jaylen Jones who projects to have the versatility to play on the outside or in the slot.
Da'Wain Lofton is definitely a major target for the Hokies with VT hoping he can grow some new momentum in Texas.
3* ATH Keli Lawson
Virginia Tech extended a major in-state offer yesterday to three-star ATH Keli Lawson out of Sherando HS in Stephens City, VA; the same high school as Dylan Rivers.
Lawson is a very intriguing athlete who has the size and frame around 6'4'' to 6'5'' to play anywhere from defensive back to defensive end. Given that Bill Teerlinck has had a large role leading up to this offer, linebacker or defensive end seems more likely along with the potential of a hybrid role.
Lawson currently has offers from VT, Virginia, Liberty, and Toledo with this setting up to be an in-state battle between the ACC Coastal rivals. Lawson also told us previously that he has been receiving interest from multiple other schools including Michigan State and Wake Forest.
Tech's connection to Sherando HS via Dylan Rivers, who still seems to be involved around the program, could be a unique advantage that boosts the Hokies' hopes. Additionally, Tech has proven that they can develop athletes with great size like Lawson including most prominently Tremaine Edmunds who had tremendous size.
Tech has gone all in for Keli Lawson with some valuable, unique connections that could prove very useful in trying to land this versatile athlete.