Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Notes 7/16/22

Virginia Tech Football Recruiting Notes 7/16/22
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Tim Thomas

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Jul 16, 2022

Virginia Tech was busy on the recruiting throughout June and the beginning of July with things starting to heat back up as July progresses. Here's the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes from the trail.

3* ATH Krystian Williams

Three-star ATH and priority Virginia Tech target Krystian Williams tweeted out this past week that he has plans for a "big announcement" on Monday, July 18th.

Williams confirmed to Evan Watkins of VT Scoop that his announcement on Monday will be his collegiate decision telling Watkins that Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Rutgers are his finalists.

Williams took official visits to Virginia Tech and Rutgers among his final 3 with the Hokies looking like the clear favorites as the in-state school who has prioritized him throughout 2022.

Landing Williams would be another strong in-state addition to another Brent Pry class that has embraced in-state talent and backed up his words that the footprint and especially Virginia would be the top recruiting priority. Williams may not be a top 10 in-state but he's another one of those 11-30 in-state recruits that are important foundational pieces that Tech needs to land regularly and are getting back to with Brent Pry.

3* CB Daiquan White

Three-star CB Daiquan White told us that he is going to be visiting Virginia Tech on July 30th, two weeks from today.

White is an intriguing prospect who received a lot of offers early on, but has seen a lot of schools cool off on him at least for now. The 5'11'' cornerback from Georgia did take an official visit to Eastern Michigan last month according to On3 though White clearly is looking to see if he find himself a good landing spot at a Power 5 program.

Tech's defensive back class is already fairly full with commitments from Dante Lovett, Braylon Johnson, and Thomas Williams with Krystian Williams seeming likely to be next and things trending well for in-state, three-star CB Cameren Fleming. Numbers are tight for Tech, but White definitely sees an opportunity to try to keep proving that he has what it takes to start his collegiate career as a Power 5 DB.

3* DE/5* Wrestler Jimmy Mullen

Jimmy Mullen is one of the most fascinating high school athletes in the country as a legit, two-sport athlete at the highest level but not with the two-sport combination that you are used to seeing: wrestling and football.

The 6'2'', 250-pound Montvale, New Jersey athlete is considered the top heavyweight and one of the top 5 2023 wrestlers in the country by FloWrestling and Intermat with offers from just about every wrestling powerhouse imaginable including the Hokies. Meanwhile, he's also a three-star defensive end who currently has offers from Rutgers, Temple who is ranked as the 24th best football recruit in New Jersey and top 100 edge rusher in the 2023 class by On3, and the 25th best football recruit in New Jersey by Rivals.

He's the biggest priority for Virginia Tech Wrestling at the moment in the 2023 class with the Hokies recently hosting Mullen on a visit that appears to have gone quite well according to his Twitter reaction that also suggests Tech may have got the last visit with a decision coming soon.

Other schools he has visited for wrestling visits include Penn State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina over the past 12 months.

At the moment, it's unclear if the football side of things at Virginia Tech is showing much interest in him so why am I talking about a wrestler in this section?

Because Mullen being a defensive end is the type of player who could definitely be a dual-sport athlete at the collegiate level in football and wrestling given how the size of a defensive end fits perfectly for a heavyweight wrestler. Additionally, I've heard that if VT Football were to also be interested, he definitely would have the option to do both per a source.

His football tape also shows some good traits from having some good pass rush moves in his arsenal to some sharp football instincts, solid speed and good explosiveness, and great hustle finishing out plays time and time again. The wrestling mentality also shows given his great comfort playing physical football in the trenches.

For now, Mullen is a top priority for Virginia Tech wrestling, but maybe Tech football should get involved not only to boost VT Wrestling's hopes, but also because he's an intriguing football prospect himself who shows plenty of Power 5 potential.