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Three-star WR Da'Wain Lofton has emerged as one of Virginia Tech's higher priority wide receiver targets with the Hokies recently making the top 8 for Lofton.
Blessed to say these are my Top 8 schools....👏🏽— Dawain Lofton (@DawainL) June 1, 2020
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The Hokies were joined by Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Washington State, SMU, San Diego State, and Arkansas State in Lofton's top 8. He had this to say about why the Hokies made his top 8.
"They’ve been recruiting me really hard ever since they’ve offered me," Lofton said.
Additionally, Lofton mentioned that the schools in his top 8 are places where he's built strong relationships and have strong passing attacks. Those relationships in particular are helping the Hokies in a big way for the wide receiver from Fort Worth, TX.
WRs coach Jafar Williams and RBs coach Adam Lechtenberg are leading the charge for the Hokies' pursuit of Lofton. Lofton told us that he's built a "good" relationship with Williams and is "pretty close" with Lechtenberg who has been in contact with him "pretty often throughout my whole process."
At a time when players can't visit schools in person, relationships with coaches will matter more than ever and the Hokies are clearly getting the job done in that area.
The Hokies are also among a trio of schools who are recruiting him the hardest along with Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. VT and MSU in particular feel like the frontrunners with Vandy being a team to keep an eye on.
Da'Wain Lofton has also received offers from Penn State and Louisville since releasing his top 8, another sign that more and more teams are recognizing his talent as a potential hidden gem in the Lone Star State. When asked about the PSU offer, Lofton did say that it was a "huge" offer and that he'll look into what the Nittany Lions have to offer though programs like Penn State and Louisville likely have some catch-up work to do.
Looking ahead, Lofton told us that he is looking at potentially making his commitment in August though he is far from set on a specific commitment date at this point. When he does, he told us that the key factors will be the "type of offense and if I feel like it's right the place for me."
The offensive factor could be very beneficial for the Hokies who like to use receivers in versatile ways on offense and special teams especially shown by star slot receiver and punt returner Tayvion Robinson. Lofton projects very similarly to Robinson in how he could be used at VT after having about 2,200 all-purpose yards including 1,200 receiving yards as he previously told us.
Virginia Tech is right in the hunt for Da'Wain Lofton as they look to build up their 2021 wide receiver class alongside in-state star Jaylen Jones.