Talented 2024 DE Makai Byerson out of Richmond's Manchester HS is ranked as the #1 recruit in Virginia by On3 for the 2024 class currently. There's no doubt that Byerson is going to be a priority for a lot of schools with Virginia Tech making it clear that the Richmond area standout is going to be a top overall defensive target in 2024.
Byerson told us that Virginia Tech and Maryland are recruiting him the hardest adding this on which coaches he has the strongest relationships with.
"I’m pretty close with (DL coach J.C.) Price, (WRs coach Fontel) Mines, (head coach Brent) Pry and (defensive coordinator Chris) Marve for the most part," Byerson said.
He had this to say on his relationship with J.C. Price who could potentially be his future position coach and is also one of Tech's primary recruiters for the Richmond area.
"I rock with him. He's a chill, funny guy and he knows his football so that’s a plus," Byerson said.
He had this to say about what his relationship is like with defensive coordinator Chris Marve.
"He is cool. We have a good conversation every time I’m up there," Byerson said.
He then had this to say about what his relationship is like with head coach Brent Pry who is clearly personally making it clear that Byerson is a priority.
"It's good. Also, he always keeps it real with me and my family," Byerson said.
WRs coach Fontel Mines is a primary recruiter for Virginia Tech in the Richmond area where he's from and where he's coached previously at Richmond earlier in his career. Mines is definitely poised to play a big role in Byerson's recruitment with the two building a strong relationship.
"Also a cool dude. He is from my hometown so we already had that connection," Byerson said.
All of this comes as Byerson has been able to visit Virginia Tech since the arrival of the new staff doing so most recently at the Spring Game which was a "good" visit thanks to a "great environmental, good vibes, and an overall good game."
Of course, Tech's heavy interest shouldn't come as a surprise as Byerson was a First Team All-Region and a Second Team All-Metro player as a sophomore in the loaded Richmond area. So what are the strengths of his game and areas for greatest improvement?
"I would say one of my biggest strengths would be my athleticism," Byerson said. "And something I’m focusing on getting better this offseason would have to be my get offs and just getting a deeper bag when it comes to pass rush moves."
Makai Byerson is going to be one of the biggest in-state defensive recruits to know for the 2024 class with Virginia Tech making it clear early on that he is a priority recruit in Blacksburg.