While Virginia Tech's biggest recruiting splash happened on Friday via the commitment of four-star, in-state OL Gunner Givens, the Hokies also made the cut for a couple other top targets this week including 2022 LB Reid Pulliam out of Richmond private Life Christian Academy.
The Hokies were joined by Maryland and Duke in Pulliam's top 3 with Arizona State, Indiana, Houston, East Carolina, and others missing the cut.
He had the following to say about why each of these schools made his top 3.
- Virginia Tech: "One of the schools I have always been really interested in and I feel can be a great fit for me."
- Duke: "Amazing education, school enables a lot of opportunity after football, and also a growing football program."
- Maryland: "Great school that has a great growing program."
Pulliam also told us that the Hokies and Duke are recruiting him the hardest currently. Leading the charge for Virginia Tech is LBs coach Jack Tyler with Pulliam telling us he has a "great" relationship with Tyler and adding this about why.
"He has always stayed in communication with me and has been showing a lot of interest in me from the beginning," Pulliam said.
Pulliam had his eyes set on making a decision "hopefully by the end of the month" with the talented LB sharing this about what the key factor will be for him.
"Leaving no doubt that it will be the school for me," Pulliam said.
While Maryland did make the cut and shouldn't be overlooked, this feels like a Virginia Tech vs Duke battle at this point for Pulliam. Of course, Tech already has a large class and it's unclear if they plan on taking more than 2 linebackers with Xavier Simmons already on board and Tech in great shape for three-star, in-state LB Tyler Banks.
Keep an eye on Reid Pulliam as the Hokies are in a strong position and may be able to land another in-state commitment before the end of July.