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After a crazy Wednesday that saw Caleb Farley opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, and the ACC release their 2020 schedule plans; the focus turns to the recruiting trail for Virginia Tech as the Hokies have a pair of targets set to announce their commitments today and tomorrow. With that said, here are the latest Virginia Tech football recruiting notes.
JUCO 3* WR Kaedin Robinson
Virginia Tech has shown interest in Kaedin Robinson for at least a couple weeks now but yesterday, one day before his decision, Robinson tweeted out that he had received an offer from the Hokies
This is nundoubtedly a big offer for Robinson, an Ashville, NC native whose biggest offers prior to Tech were UCF, East Carolina, and Washington State. Robinson told us that he was "shocked" to receive a Hokies' offer, but also that Virginia Tech is "definitely a contender" in his recruitment.
Though Tech may have offered the day before his decision, Tech appears to be the trending team based on the limited info we've heard and also because his 247 Sports' Crystal Ball is favoring the Hokies with predictions from two people who have covered Robinson's recruitment longer than we have.
Landing Robinson would be a strong addition to the Hokies' class and give Tech a wide receiver who has shown at the JUCO level that he has the potential to produce at a high level. As a JUCO freshman, Robinson was impressive earning NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors after having 37 receptions for 879 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
Tech should also have a good rapport with his JUCO program, ASA College, as the Hokies previously landed CB Jeremy Webb out of that program with Webb proving to be a quality member of Tech's program even if injuries held him back on the field.
Virginia Tech may be poised to close a strong July off with a pair of commitments starting with Kaedin Robinson's decision later today.
4* LB Jordan Poole
Jordan Poole remains a top overall target for Virginia Tech with the Hokies and N.C. State being among the top contenders for him (and South Carolina also remaining in contention). Recently, he did an interview that seems to point towards Poole making a commitment in the near future.
What we've been hearing on Poole continues to back up this being a Virginia Tech vs. N.C. State battle, but I'm leaning slightly towards Virginia Tech based on what I've been hearing currently. However, it's clear that both schools still have a great chance at landing the talented linebacker.
One thing that the Hokies can definitely offer Poole is the potential to be a starter by his third year in Blacksburg especially with Rayshard Ashby being a senior, Dax Hollifield being a junior, and Keshon Artis entering his redshirt sophomore season this fall. Combine that with the fact that Tech has only signed 1 linebacker out of high school in the past two classes and the opportunity is there for Poole to earn a large role early in his collegiate career if he chooses Virginia Tech.
Poole's recruitment may be nearing its end and the Hokies continue to be a top contender in this regional battle.
3* OT Will Jones
Virginia Tech has had some contact in the past with in-state 3* OT Will Jones, who is transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season.
RBs coach Adam Lechtenberg was the most recent person to be in contact with Jones with that contact coming within the past couple of weeks. Additionally, Jones is receiving some interest from Virginia, Vanderbilt, and others who are considering joining an offer list that is currently headlined by Navy, Air Force, Army, JMU, Arkansas State, and Kent State.
Jones has good size at 6'6'' and 295 pounds according to Rivals and though Tech may not be ready to offer him just yet, it seems clear that Tech is keeping an eye on the Stuarts Draft, VA native to see how he develops over the next few months.
Keep an eye on Will Jones as a potential offensive lineman that the Hokies could offer later in the cycle depending on his development.