The return of college football has also increased the heat on the recruiting trail as the dead period has ended and coaches can reach out to 2018 and 2019 recruits. Virginia Tech's main recruiting focus is still on their large 2018 class, but the Hokies are also beginning to focus on 2019 recruiting.
That includes 2019 RB Jordan Houston from Northern Virginia.
Jordan Houston recently told us that Virginia Tech and Penn State are recruiting him the hardest with both of those schools being among the first who contacted him on September 1st, the date when schools could start contacting 2019 recruits. Houston was at FedEx Field for the Hokies' thrilling victory over West Virginia
and visited Penn State this past weekend for the Nittany Lions' win over Pittsburgh.
Jordan Houston has a short but strong offer list that includes Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, Boston College, and Old Dominion. Houston is currently ranked as the eighth best 2019 Virginia recruit by 247 Sports, and 13th best by both the 247 Sports Composite and Rivals. Houston is also ranked as the 23rd best 2019 RB by 247 Sports and 35th best by the 247 Sports Composite.
Virginia Tech has gained a lot of traction, but does have a couple of hurdles out of their control to overcome. Houston told us that he grew rooting for Penn State due to deep connections to Penn State on his mother's side of his family. Penn State also has the benefit of offering Houston first which "meant a lot" to him.
Houston told us that he currently has the best recruiting relationships with VT WRs coach Holmon Wiggins and Penn State RBs Charles Huff. This is a great sign for both teams along with what Houston told us on how big of a factor these relationships will be.
"It will play a huge role in my recruitment," Houston said. "I think it is important to have a great relationship with the coaches of the school I commit to. Although I know everyone wants to feel wanted, I still have to be smart about the other factors that play a role."
Houston has emerged as a top target for the Hokies and was in attendance when Virginia Tech faced West Virginia as we mentioned earlier. Houston attended the game and came away impressed with the atmosphere.
"I had a great time at the game," Jordan Houston said. "I was glad I got to sit with all of the other recruits. I actually knew a lot of the recruits that were there. I got to see my good friend DeJuan Ellis too. The game was packed and very loud. It was amazing. The fans from Virginia Tech are great and very supportive. Even though the game wasn't at Virginia Tech, I could get a pretty good idea of what a home game would be like. Hopefully, I can come to another game."
Houston also said that the atmosphere was "crazy" and that this game helped the Hokies, especially with Houston getting to see how Hokie fans were like and what a game could be like. Houston is looking to visit Virginia Tech again later this fall for a home game.
Right now, Virginia Tech and Penn State are the frontrunners for Houston with the Nittany Lions having a slight advantage due to Jordan Houston's family connections. Tennessee is lurking not too far behind while Ohio State should become a major player if they choose to offer Houston.
Virginia Tech has made Jordan Houston a top RB priority in the Class of 2019 and Houston is definitely feeling the love while being impressed by the Hokie fan base.
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