Virginia Tech's high school recruiting for the 2023 cycle is winding down outside of a few key targets and some potential late offers and flips. However, their interest in older talent is starting to kick and not just in the transfer portal.
Virginia Tech extended an offer at the JUCO level this week to standout Iowa Western DT Quientrail Jamison-Travis.
In addition to the Hokies, he also has Power 5 offers from Penn State, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Washington State plus numerous G5 offers. He had this to say about receiving an offer from the Hokies, his 12th of 15 (and likely many more soon).
"I was very excited," Jamison-Travis said.
He also added this on why he was "very excited" to receive an offer specifically from the Hokies.
"Everything, I’m blessed to have VT offer me. It’s something people don’t get or see every day. It’s like my dreams are finally coming true," Jamison-Travis said.
Jamison-Travis received the offer during a conversation with Alex Jones, Virginia Tech's Assistant Director of Player Personnel who has also taken on a lead role recruiting older talent (transfer portal, JUCO) for the Hokies. He had this to say about how that conversation went as a whole.
"It was a very interesting conversation. We talked for a bit like coaches do when they want to offer you but I wasn’t expecting him to offer me when he called so I was excited," Jamison-Travis said.
The rise of Jamison-Travis as one of the top JUCO DL recruits in the country shouldn't surprise anyone in part due to his impressive size and 6'4'' and 305 pounds. He also has the production to back that up with 33 tackles including 9 for loss with 6 sacks plus a forced fumble and 2 blocked kicks in only 8 games at Iowa Western this season.
Virginia Tech is in an interesting spot at DT with Norell Pollard and Mario Kendricks both having one more year due to the COVID free year though plenty of players across America have chosen to simply move on or use that a chance to transfer though there's no talk of a transfer from either of those 2 veteran. Even if they do return, Jamison-Travis could bring some instant impact in the rotation in 2023 with quality starting potential in 2024 especially given the type of production he's shown at the JUCO level.
So how would Jamison-Travis describe the strengths and weaknesses of his game?
"My biggest strength is finding ways to get to the QB. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I try to find the littlest ways to get to him. My weakness is throwing out of my gap so early. Playing DL is a patient game, we have to see where the ball is going and track it down," Jamison-Travis said.
So how does this offer impact his recruitment and where Virginia Tech stands in it?
"VT is a great football program and plays a big part in my recruitment, and VT is somewhere at the top of my list," Jamison-Travis said.
Quientrail Jamison-Travis is emerging as one of the top JUCO recruits in the country with Virginia Tech immediately in contention for him following their offer.