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We are two days away from gameday for Virginia Tech, but that hasn't slowed down the recruiting trail so here are some of the latest recruiting notes.
2022 5* OL Gunner Givens
There may be no higher target for Virginia Tech in the 2022 class than five-star offensive lineman Gunner Givens out of Lord Botetourt HS, roughly a 45-minute drive away from Lane Stadium. The good news for Tech is that they have established themselves as a top contender for him and made his top 12 recently.
Givens had this to say about why the Hokies made his top 12.
"Because they have showed me lots of love early and it feels like home. I just fit in," Givens said.
The Hokies were the only in-state school to make the cut and one of only four ACC schools to make it along with Clemson, North Carolina, and Florida State. Five SEC schools (Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, South Carolina), two Big 10 schools (Ohio State and Penn State) and Oklahoma also made the cut for Givens.
Tech has a couple significant advantages both in proximity and also with that factor helping Givens visit Tech more than he has anywhere else basically including a trip to Blacksburg for their March 1st Junior Day right before the current dead period.
There's no doubt that Givens is a must get type recruit for the Hokies especially with their struggles to land the highest-rated talent in America over the past two cycles both from a talent perspective and for perception.
2022 4* DB Kamari Ramsey
Virginia Tech is hoping to continue spot recruiting in California and so far, they are off to a strong start with 2022 four-star DB Kamari Ramsey.
Ramsey told us that the Hokies are among eight currently standing out for him along with USC, Ohio State, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona State.
He had this to say about why the Hokies are currently standing out for him.
"The coaches are genuine and they have a nice program," Ramsey said.
The four-star California safety told us that CBs coach Ryan Smith is the Tech coach he's primarily in contact with. He added that the two have a "cool relationship" and that "the conversation is always easy" with Smith.
There's no doubt that this will be a tough battle for the Hokies, but the fact that Tech is one of two non-West schools standing out for Ramsey is a clear sign that they are under legitimate consideration. Additionally, Ramsey's godbrother is Hokie CB commit D.J. Harvey, a connection that could prove valuable in trying to land another elite West Coast recruit that has the Pac-12's best pursuing him.
Ramsey is absolutely a name to watch as a top defensive back target for the Hokies in the 2022 class with a connection via D.J. Harvey that could prove very valuable.