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Virginia Tech continues to extend offers to 2021, 2022, and 2023 football recruits from all over the country. That extends all the way to the Pacific Northwest as the Hokies became the first Power 5 program to offer Djouvensky Schlenbaker out of Bellingham, Washington.
After a great conversation with @CoachLecht I am grateful and excited to announce that I have received my second D1 scholarship offer to Virginia Tech. Thank You! @HokiesFB @CoachLucey @RylandSpencer @BrandonHuffman @ScottEklund @WhatcomPreps @NWBallers1 @SQHS_Football pic.twitter.com/TvjzdOUHu4— Djouvensky Schlenbaker (@DjouvenskyS) April 24, 2020
Tech became the second school to offer Schlenbaker joining Air Force and now in-state Washington State who offered him over the weekend with Washington, Oregon State, and Eastern Washington also showing interest.
He had this to say about his reaction to receiving a Hokies' offer from a phone call with RBs coach Adam Lechtenberg.
"I wasn’t expecting a call from a school that big for being a sophomore, so I was pretty excited," Schlenbaker said.
The Hokies do benefit from being the first Power 5 offer for Schlenbaker though it's too early to tell how much of an impact it will have.
"It means a lot to have an offer from school like Virginia Tech It’s too early in the process so I haven’t really thought about it," Schlenbaker said.
Schlenbaker may not have any connections to Virginia Tech, but the talented running back from Washington did tell us that he has family that lives in Virginia. That may only be a small connection, but it could help give the Hokies some traction in recruiting the Pacific Northwest tailback.
Schlenbaker also seems to have the potential to become a major recruit nationally especially after running for 2,148 yards and 26 touchdowns on his way to earning Washington 3A All-State First Team honors at RB. That type of production as a sophomore is definitely a quick way to show that you'll be a recruit to watch in the coming years for CFB programs across America.
Overall, Virginia Tech's offer does have a big impact on the recruitment of Djouvensky Schlenbaker, but Schlenbaker is still taking it all in and adapting to the new reality of being a nationally-recruited player.
"It has had a big impact on my recruitment because since I tweeted the offer I've had a lot of new followers. I don't know where VT stands because I haven't made a list yet. I'm only a sophomore and I wasn't really expecting to get all this attention," Schlenbaker said.