Kelvin Gilliam is clearly one of Virginia Tech's top overall targets in the 2021 class with the Hokies making the top 10 for the Highland Springs star.
Gilliam had this to say about why the Hokies made his top 10.
"Them staying it great contact and providing me with any information I need,and I’m a huge priority for them and have the potential to play early," Gilliam said.
That shows as Gilliam told us that the Hokies are in contact with him "very often" with Penn State and Oklahoma also among those pushing the hardest for him. In particular, defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton is leading Virginia Tech's push for Gilliam with the two building a very strong relationship.
"We have a great relationship That’s my guy, we talk about everything," Gilliam said.
Tech also has a clear message for Gilliam that has a lot of appeal to the talented in-state recruit as he told us.
"That I could be the flagship of this thing If I decide to come to Tech," Gilliam said. "It appeals to me a lot and because I’m such a high priority for them."
Given all that, Gilliam told us that the Hokies "stand in a good place" in his recruitment with Penn State, Oklahoma, and South Carolina also among those in a strong position in his recruitment. Those four schools have been the ones trending at the top for Gilliam for a while now with Tech having to play some catch up and making progress with their new defensive staff from Hamilton to defensive line coaches Bill Teerlinck and Darryl Tapp making a difference.
The heavy push from so many teams doesn't come as a surprise given his size, highlight tape, and his on-field performance last season as he had 45 tackles including 17 for loss and 7 sacks.
Looking ahead, Gilliam told us that he feels he is "relatively" close to making a decision, but told us that he "would like to take visits" before making a decision. When he does make his decision, Gilliam told us that the key factors will be "being a priority for a team and having a family based atmosphere."
Virginia Tech is in the hunt for top priority target Kelvin Gilliam, but have plenty of work ahead to try to beat out competition from Penn State, Oklahoma, and South Carolina for an in-state recruit that they need to keep home.